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I’m Keith Singer. I’m going to explain how courts in Arizona make decisions about legal decision making and parenting time and to do that I’m going to walk through the statute that is most applicable. Under Arizona law that would be ARS Title 25-403 entitled Legal decision making Best interests of the child. Though that statute applies equally to the determination of parenting time, in a separate program I explained in great detail the difference between legal decision making and parenting time, how they were concepts that really replaced custody which is a phrase that is no longer used in the family law courts in southern Arizona. Legal decision making, as a reminder, is about decisions in the area of education, medical, social, religious upbringing, and parenting time, it is about time that parents spend with their children and the concepts are separate, even though the way courts decide legal decision making in parenting time utilizes the same criteria for both. So let’s get into that and we will start with the statute itself. It reads at paragraph A, “The court shall determine legal decision making in parenting time either originally or on petition for modification in accordance with the best interests of the child. The court shall consider all factors that are relevant to the child’s physical and emotional well being, including.” And then there’s a series of eleven criteria that the court considers more specifically that we are about to go into that first paragraph.
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