When parents in Arizona get divorced, they will have to reach an agreement regarding the needs of their children and the rights of each parent post-divorce. A child custody order determines whether one parent or both parents will be making the decisions regarding the child's upbringing. The orders will also determine the primary residence of the child and when each parent will have parenting time with the child.
These orders remain in effect until the child is emancipated, which generally occurs around the time that the child is 18 years old. As any parent knows, children and their needs change dramatically from the time that they are young to when they turn 18. Also, circumstances can change for the parents during this timeframe as well.