Understanding Sole Custody vs. Joint Custody

In a divorce in Arizona, the way that legal custody is structured will ultimately have a significant impact on how future decisions affecting children will be made. Physical custody impacts where the child will live. Legal custody impacts day-to-day decisions such as health care, religion, education and other major issues. Custody arrangements may also impact visitation rights, child support and other matters.

Understanding the differences between sole custody and joint custody is important for parents going through a divorce or family law matter. At The Baker Law Firm, LLC, located in Phoenix, our lawyers have significant experience in divorce, child custody and other family law issues. We can explain the process to you, answer your questions about custody and help you make responsible choices that are in the best interest of your children.

Joint Custody vs. Sole Custody in Arizona

The concept of joint legal custody does not necessarily imply that the time spent with each parent will be equal, but it does mean that parents will consult with one another on important issues pertaining to their children. Parents with joint custody are encouraged to resolve disagreements amicably but may also petition the court to make a decision that is in the best interests of the child when agreement is not possible.

Since the courts in Arizona prefer that both parents have a relationship with their children, sole custody is much rarer than joint custody. When one parent is considered unfit, however, sole custody may be the best solution for the child. Sole custody does not automatically limit visitation rights, but the sole custodial parent is allowed to make the ultimate decisions on many issues even over the objection of the non-custodial parent.

Learn More Information About Child Custody

If you have more questions about child custody and the differences between sole and joint custody, please feel free to contact The Baker Law Firm, LLC. We will happily provide the answers that you need. Call our office at  602-842-0359 to make an appointment.