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Decision-making in shared custody situations

Arizona parents may be interested in some information about one type of child custody that is vitally important in raising a child. Legal custody governs much of the decision-making surrounding a child's upbringing after the parents divorce. While physical custody deals with parenting time, legal custody has to do with the legal right to make the important decisions in a child's life. The types of decisions that legal custody governs include the child's religious upbringing, medical procedures and other healthcare issues, and choices about the child's education.

Grandparents' visitation rights

Grandparents who have visitation with a grandchild may face situations where a parent is trying to limit access. In most cases, the first step will likely be to go to mediation to see if some agreement can be reached prior to taking the case to court. A mediator is a third party who goes between both parties to try to work out terms that are agreeable to everyone. In most family law cases, one mediator is used, but parties can also choose to each hire their own mediator and have a third neutral mediator help work out the issues.

Learning more about what child support covers

Many people believe that child support is and should be used to cover a child's basic needs. However, Arizona and other states have come up with support guidelines that take a variety of factors into consideration. Additionally, the courts assume that the custodial parent is already meeting the needs of the child and will typically not monitor that parent's spending habits.

How to establish paternity voluntarily

Establishing the biological and legal father of a child has many benefits for the child, such as access to the father's medical and family records and the potential to receive medical, inheritance, Social Security and other benefits. When an Arizona man believes that he is the father but the fact is not legally documented, he may seek to establish paternity.

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