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Updated: 
September 19, 2018

What are the differences between legal decision-making and parenting time?

Legal decision-making can include the right to make decisions about your child (this may be called legal custody in other states) and the right to have your child live with you (this may be called physical custody in other states). Parenting time refers to the time that each parent spends with his/her child. It is possible that a parent can have joint legal decision-making, which gives both parents the right to make important decisions about their child, even if the child does not live with that parent.

1 A.R.S. § 25-401