Anthem Legal Decision Making
An Anthem legal decision making attorney focuses on cases that fall within the area of child custody in the State of Arizona. In January of 2013, Arizona divided child custody into two distinct areas of law called legal decision making and parenting time. Parenting time is the amount of visitation that a child receives with each parent and the courts in Arizona make every possible effort to insure that the child receives equal and meaningful time with both parents, unless there is a solid reason that would endanger the physical, mental, emotional or moral well-being of the child. Legal decision making covers which parent will be making the important life decisions for a child concerning education, religion, medical and other important decisions. Working with an Anthem legal decision making attorney is one way to insure that your rights, and the rights of your child, are protected during this process.
Types of Legal Decision Making
There are three possible rulings that a judge can make when it comes to legal decision making for the child. All rulings of the court will be based in Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) 25-403 which is entitled “The Best Interests of the Child”. This statute was developed to insure that no child would suffer any further undue hardships beyond the already stressful situation of their parents ending their relationship with each other. An Enholm Law, PLLC Anthem legal decision making attorney can help you to understand this statute, as well as manage your expectations with the court, while aggressively representing your case during a child custody battle.
Joint Legal Decision Making
Joint legal decision making is a ruling that orders both parents to have an equal say in the important life decisions for their child. This is usually entered into willingly by both parties during an amicable divorce. During a divorce where both parties are fighting for sole legal decision making rights, both parents have to submit a parenting plan to the court and the court will rule on this. In most cases, the court will encourage both parents to work together for legal decision making and can even order further counseling after the child custody case is over.
Joint Legal Decision Making with Final Say
This is a scenario where both parents are tasked with sharing the important legal decisions that can affect the life of a child. In this scenario, both parents have input into the decisions but one parent has the final say in the eyes of the court. It is important to note here that even when joint legal decision making is ordered, a judge can specify certain areas where the parents have an equal say and other areas where one parent has the majority vote.
Sole Legal Decision Making
This type of order is usually made when one parent has clearly demonstrated that they do not have the capability of making good decisions in their own lives, therefore has no ability to make good decisions for their child. One parent will be awarded the responsibility of making important decisions for the child regardless of what the other parent may want. Even in this scenario, the court will encourage the parents to discuss this with each other and may order that one or both parents attend some educational classes or counseling.
Protect Your Rights
An Enholm Law, PLLC Anthem legal decision making attorney will work with you to provide the groundwork you need in order to achieve a successful outcome to your case. At Enholm Law, PLLC, we provide an initial free consultation so you can discuss your case and get to know us better. At Enholm Law, PLLC we promise up-front, affordable fee structures for all of our clients. We also promise constant communication, ongoing training and a comprehensive case strategy plan that can best protect your rights, and the rights of your child.
Contact us today at (602)889-6273 to arrange for your initial free consultation with an Anthem legal decision making attorney and let us show you why we are the right lawyers for you.