What is “legal Decision Making”

Legal Decision Making was formerly known as “Legal Custody”. (In most states it is still known as legal custody. If you move here with an out of state order giving you “sole legal custody” you by default have “sole legal decision making” in Arizona.) Legal Decision Making refers to major life decisions only, such as medical decisions, schooling, religion and personal care (ear piercing?). Most often, Arizona courts prefer to award joint legal decision making unless there is a very compelling reason not to do so.