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Legal Decision Making and Parenting Time Form Criteria

Legal Decision Making and Parenting time is more commonly known as custody. Please be aware that custody can be a difficult thing for parents to set up and agree to.  You are encouraged to Visit a Law Library for general guidance.

Prior to filing a custody order you will need the following:

  • Time and patience
  • Names and dates of birth of children
  • Proof of paternity (birth certificate, acknowledgment signed by the father, adoption order listing both parents, or a court order establishing paternity)
  • Social security numbers for parents and children
  • Current employer information for both parents (if known)
  • Addresses and phone numbers for the both parents
  • Know what parenting time agreement you wish to have
  • Know what decision-making agreement you wish to have
  • Know who will be responsible for the payments on medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • ATLAS number (if applicable)
  • Case number on child support papers
  • If an interpreter is needed, you make the request when filing occurs

You can set up a court order for legal decision-making and parenting time (custody) if:

  • You are the natural or adoptive parent of the minor child
  • You are not legally married to the other parent
  • Paternity has been decided
  • The child has lived in Arizona for at least 6 months (or from birth) before you file
  • You want a court order saying what state the child lives in or who is the decision maker when it comes to the child

County Forms

Form Criteria

Custody FAQ

Case Information