Can I get temporary legal decision-making and parenting time when I file for an order of protection against the other parent?
No. Arizona’s orders of protection are issued to petitioners seeking protection from harm or threat of harm (explained in more detail here). Arizona’s orders of protection do not address legal decision-making or parenting time issues.1
A parent or legal guardian seeking an order of protection can include the minor children, naming them as protected parties in the petition. The judge will consider the facts of the case and decide whether to include the children in the order of protection or not. The most important factor is whether the children are in danger from the abuser.
1 Arizona Supreme Court, Plaintiff’s Guide Sheet for Protective Orders (2006)