As technology continues to revolutionize communication, more divorce cases across the country are taking into account "virtual visitation," or the use of Internet technology such as instant messaging and video chat, to facilitate contact between children and noncustodial parents beyond the scope of regular physical visitation. Arizona does not have a formal virtual visitation law, but Arizona courts are examining the issue of virtual visitation as it affects parenting time and how it may change the child custody landscape.
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.
When parents divorce in Arizona, they will need to make decisions about where their children will live. The court must determine who will have legal and physical custody of the children, and in some cases a parenting plan must be drafted.