What is Parenting Time?
Parenting time is the time you spend with your child, being a parent. This could include time spent together during outings to places around town, or time spent with you in your home. Parenting time can be for a few hours, or for days at a time.
What About Legal Decision-Making?
Legal decision-making, which used to be called legal custody, is the right to make significant non-emergency decisions for the child, including decisions about education, health care, religious training and personal care decisions. It does not include the routine decisions you will need to make while the child is with you, such as what the child will eat for dinner, which bedtime story to read, which movie or television show the child will watch, or what the child will wear to school. In Arizona, parents can have sole or joint legal decision-making authority.
Joint legal decision-making means that both parents work together to make major decisions for their child. Sole legal decision-making authority means that one parent makes the major decisions for the child. Legal decision-making is addressed at the same time that a parenting time plan is put in place.
What is a Parenting Time Plan?
A Parenting Time Plan is a schedule that tells each parent when they will have their child with them for parenting time. There are all kinds of parenting plans, and yours can be customized for your own unique situation.
Do I Need a Parenting Time Plan?
Having a parenting time plan allows both parents and children to know when they will be spending time together as a family. You can plan your schedule knowing what days and times you will have your child with you. Children also benefit from knowing when they get to spend time with mom or dad.
How Do I Get a Parenting Time Plan?
Forms are available online or by visiting either your county Superior Court (Family Court) or the Arizona Supreme Court (Court Programs Unit).