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TO ESTABLISH CUSTODY/PARENTING TIME or CUSTODY AND/PARENTING TIME with CHILD SUPPORT- FOR PARENTS ONLY
  • You are the natural or adoptive parent of the minor child(ren) AND,
  • You are NOT legally married to the other parent*, AND
    PATERNITY HAS ALREADY BEEN ESTABLISHED BECAUSE:
  • You already have a court order establishing paternity, OR you have a court order for child support OR,
  • Both parents signing an Acknowledgment of Paternity through the Hospital Paternity Program or other means provided by law, and a birth certificate listing the name of the father was issued as a result, AND
  • You want a court order concerning your minor children declaring their primary residence, who has authority to make legal decisions concerning the children, time each parenting is to have with the children, and (optionally) child support, or you have a support order already (in which case the court will review the order if it orders custody and legal decision making) AND,
  • The minor child(ren) resided (lived) in Arizona at least 6 months (or since birth if younger than 6 months) before you file the petition or you talked to a lawyer who advised you that even so you could pursue the case in Arizona.

* If you ARE legally married to the other parent, you may obtain Legal Decision Making (Custody) as part of an action for legal separation or divorce A.R.S. 25-401(B)

This packet contains court forms and instructions about establishing Legal Decision Making (Custody), parenting time and child support. Be sure the documents are in the following order:

Packets contain ALL forms and ALL instructions needed for this process. Where there are separate packets for Instructions and Forms, get BOTH packets.

Packets
Title File English Spanish
To Establish Legal Decision Making (Custody)/Parenting Time - For Parents Only DRCV1 PDF PDF

The individual forms and instructions below are already included in the Packet(s) above. If you choose to download the documents individually, make sure you get ALL of the instructions and ALL of the forms. Be sure the documents are in the following order:

Instructions
Order Title File English Spanish
1 FREE Workshop Flyer - How to Complete Papers to Establish Legal Decision Making (Custody), Parenting Time and Child Support Workshop Flyer PDF PDF
2 Help on completing the Petition to Establish Legal Decision Making (Custody), Parenting Time and Child Support drcv11i PDF PDF
3 Procedures: How to file papers with the Court to Establish Legal Decision Making (Custody), Parenting Time and Child Support drcv10p PDF PDF
Forms
Order Title File English Spanish
1 Family Court Cover Sensitive Data Cover Sheet drsds10fC PDF PDF
2 Summons dr11f PDF PDF
3 Petition to Establish Legal Decision Making (Custody), Parenting Time and Support drcv11f PDF PDF
4 Parent Information Program Notice dr12f PDF PDF
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