Often, parents fight over joint versus sole legal decision-making simply because they don’t understand what it is or what the law says about it.
In fact, the term “legal decision-making” sounds more complicated than it is and also appears to apply to all types of decisions. Yet, the definition under Arizona law reveals that legal decision-making refers to non-emergency legal decisions related to your child’s education, health care, religious training and personal care decisions.
As a result, ask yourself the following questions:
Do my co-parent and I agree/disagree on decisions related to our child(ren)’s education?
Do my co-parent and I agree/disagree on decisions related to our child(ren)’s non-emergency health care?
Do my co-parent and I agree/disagree on decisions related to our child(ren)’s religious training?
Do my co-parent and I agree/disagree on decisions related to our child(ren)’s non-emergency personal care decisions?
If you concluded that you and your co-parent are in agreement on those issues, then joint legal decision-making is most likely the most appropriate option in your circumstances.
If, however, you concluded that you and your co-parent do not agree on education, health care, religious training, and/or personal care decisions for your child(ren), then explore whether it is in your child(ren)’s best interests to request an award of sole legal decision-making.
Overall, keep in mind that Arizona law favors parents sharing joint legal decision-making and the court will want a valid reason as to why joint legal decision-making is not in the best interests of the child(ren).
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