While children are minors, parents in Arizona are responsible for providing for the child. This not only includes providing for their food, clothing and shelter, but also making certain decisions for the children. Parents must decide where the children will go to school, make calls about medical treatment, make religious decisions and others. While parents are together, they make many of these decisions together, but if the parents divorce or separate, making these decisions can become more difficult.
Despite the difficulties these decisions must still be made. That is why a judge must make child custody determinations during a divorce or custody proceeding. Custody simply means decision making and is a separate decision from parenting time, which determines when the child will be with each parent.