§ 8-531 Definitions
§ 8-531.01 Prohibition
§ 8-532 Jurisdiction; dependency based termination
§ 8-533 Petition; who may file; grounds
§ 8-534 Contents of petition
§ 8-535 Notice of initial hearing; waiver; guardian ad litem
§ 8-536 Social study before disposition; contents
§ 8-537 Termination adjudication hearing
§ 8-538 Court order; form; contents
§ 8-539 Effect of court order
§ 8-540 Court costs
§ 8-541 Records; disclosure; exception
§ 8-542 Confidentiality of information; violation; classification
§ 8-543 Sibling information exchange program; definition
§ 8-544 Termination decrees of other states

Terms Used In Arizona Laws > Title 8 > Chapter 4 > Article 5 - Termination of Parent-Child Relationship

  • Abandoned: means the failure of the parent to provide reasonable support and to maintain regular contact with the child, including providing normal supervision. See Arizona Laws 8-201
  • Abandonment: means the failure of a parent to provide reasonable support and to maintain regular contact with the child, including providing normal supervision. See Arizona Laws 8-531
  • Abuse: means the infliction or allowing of physical injury, impairment of bodily function or disfigurement or the infliction of or allowing another person to cause serious emotional damage as evidenced by severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal or untoward aggressive behavior and which emotional damage is diagnosed by a medical doctor or psychologist and is caused by the acts or omissions of an individual who has the care, custody and control of a child. See Arizona Laws 8-201
  • Accident potential zone one: means an area three thousand feet wide by five thousand feet long that starts at the end of each clear zone and that is centered and measured on the extended runway centerline, terminating eight thousand feet from the end of each runway and, for an ancillary military facility described in paragraph 7 of this section, includes an area delineated as accident potential zone one in the map described in paragraph 7 of this section. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • Accident potential zone two: means an area three thousand feet wide by seven thousand feet long that starts at the end of each accident potential zone one and that is centered and measured on the extended runway centerline, terminating fifteen thousand feet from the end of each runway, except that, for Luke air force base, accident potential zone two extends thirty thousand feet southwest from the end of each runway and, for an ancillary military facility described in paragraph 7 of this section, includes an area delineated as accident potential zone two in the map described in paragraph 7 of this section. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • Action: includes any matter or proceeding in a court, civil or criminal. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Adult: means a person who has attained eighteen years of age. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Agency: means an agency licensed by the division to place children for adoption. See Arizona Laws 8-531
  • Aircraft: includes a balloon, airplane, amphibian and craft used for navigation through the air. See Arizona Laws 28-8201
  • Airport: means an area of land or water that is designed and set aside for the landing and taking off of aircraft and that is utilized or to be utilized in the interest of the public for those purposes. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • Airport hazard: means a structure, tree or use of land that obstructs the air space required for flight of aircraft in taking off or landing at an airport or that is otherwise hazardous to aircraft taking off or landing. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • Airport hazard area: means an area of land or water on which an airport hazard might be established if not prevented as provided in this article. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • Airstrip: means a strip of ground that is artificially or naturally surfaced and that is designed and used at an airport or landing field for the landing and takeoff of aircraft. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Ancillary military facility: means :

    (a) For political subdivisions described in paragraph 9, subdivision (a) of this section, the military auxiliary airfield that is identified on the map that is designated as Luke air force base auxiliary airfield #1, that is dated March 1, 2004 and that is on file in printed format at the state land department on the effective date of this amendment to this section pursuant to section 37-102. See Arizona Laws 28-8461

  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Attorney-in-fact: A person who, acting as an agent, is given written authorization by another person to transact business for him (her) out of court.
  • Authority: means an intergovernmental public transportation authority established pursuant to this chapter. See Arizona Laws 28-9101
  • Automated driving system: means the hardware and software that are collectively capable of performing the entire dynamic driving task on a sustained basis, regardless of whether it is limited to a specific operational design domain. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Autonomous vehicle: means a motor vehicle that is equipped with an automated driving system. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Board: means the board of directors of an intergovernmental public transportation authority. See Arizona Laws 28-9101
  • Board: means the transportation board. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Bus: means a motor vehicle designed for carrying sixteen or more passengers, including the driver. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Car sharing delivery period: means the period of time during which a shared vehicle is being delivered to the location of the car sharing start time as documented by the governing car sharing program agreement. See
  • Car sharing period: means the period of time that begins with the car sharing delivery period or the car sharing start time if there is no car sharing delivery period and ends at the car sharing termination time. See
  • Car sharing start time: means the time when a shared vehicle becomes subject to the control of the shared vehicle driver at or after the time that the reservation of the shared vehicle is scheduled to begin as documented in the records of a peer-to-peer car sharing program. See
  • Car sharing termination time: means the earliest of the following:

    (a) The agreed period of time established for the use of a shared vehicle in the governing car sharing program agreement expires and the shared vehicle is delivered to a location that is specified in the governing car sharing program agreement. See

  • Cease and Desist Letter: A letter requesting that a company stops the activity mentioned in the letter. Source: OCC
  • Certificate of limited partnership: means the certificate referred to in section 29-308, and the certificate as amended or restated. See Arizona Laws 29-301
  • Certificate of title: means a paper document or an electronic record that is issued by the department and that indicates ownership of a vehicle. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Child: means a person less than eighteen years of age. See Arizona Laws 8-531
  • Clear zone: means an area three thousand feet long measured along the extended runway centerline beginning at the end of all main military runways and three thousand feet wide centered on and measured at right angles to the extended runway centerline and, for an ancillary military facility described in paragraph 7 of this section, includes an area delineated as a clear zone in the map described in paragraph 7 of this section. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • commit: means to assign legal custody. See Arizona Laws 8-201
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Contribution: means any cash, property, services rendered, or promissory note or other binding obligation to contribute cash or property or to perform services, which a partner contributes to a limited partnership in his capacity as a partner. See Arizona Laws 29-301
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Custodian: means a person, other than a parent or legal guardian, who stands in loco parentis to the child or a person to whom legal custody of the child has been given by order of a court of competent jurisdiction. See Arizona Laws 8-531
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Department: means the department of transportation acting directly or through its duly authorized officers and agents. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Department: means the department of child safety. See Arizona Laws 8-201
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Devise: To gift property by will.
  • Digital network or software application: means any online-enabled application, software, website or system that is offered or used by a transportation network company and that enables a potential passenger to arrange a ride with a transportation network company driver. See Arizona Laws 28-9551
  • Director: means the director of the department of transportation. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Division: means the department. See Arizona Laws 8-531
  • domestic limited partnership: means a partnership formed by two or more persons under the laws of this state and having one or more general partners and one or more limited partners. See Arizona Laws 29-301
  • Drive: means to operate or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Driver: means a person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Driver license: means a license that is issued by a state to an individual and that authorizes the individual to drive a motor vehicle. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Evidence: includes both of the following:

    (a) A display on a wireless communication device of a department-generated driver license, nonoperating identification license, vehicle registration card or other official record of the department that is presented to a law enforcement officer or in a court or an administrative proceeding. See Arizona Laws 28-101

  • Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Foreign limited partnership: means a partnership formed under the laws of any state or other jurisdiction other than this state and having as partners one or more general partners and one or more limited partners. See Arizona Laws 29-301
  • Fully autonomous vehicle: means an autonomous vehicle that is equipped with an automated driving system designed to function as a level four or five system under SAE J3016 and that may be designed to function either:

    (a) Solely by use of the automated driving system. See Arizona Laws 28-101

  • General partner: means a person who has been admitted to a limited partnership as a general partner in accordance with the partnership agreement and named in the certificate of limited partnership as a general partner. See Arizona Laws 29-301
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Guardian ad litem: means a person appointed by the court to protect the interest of a minor or an incompetent in a particular case before the court. See Arizona Laws 8-531
  • High noise or accident potential zone: means any property located in the following zones:

    (a) For Luke air force base in Maricopa county, within the 1988 noise contours developed and recognized by the regional planning agency in that county that includes the arrival and departure corridor that is the accident potential zone one and accident potential zone two plus the land area described as follows:  starting two hundred feet from the south end of the westernmost runway at a width of one thousand five hundred feet west and two thousand five hundred feet east, measured perpendicular to the centerline of the runway, and extending southwesterly parallel to the runway for a distance of thirty thousand feet. See Arizona Laws 28-8461

  • highway: means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way if a part of the way is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Human driver: means a natural person in the vehicle who performs in real time all or part of the dynamic driving task or achieves a minimal risk condition for the vehicle. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • including: means not limited to and is not a term of exclusion. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Indemnification: In general, a collateral contract or assurance under which one person agrees to secure another person against either anticipated financial losses or potential adverse legal consequences. Source: FDIC
  • Individual-owned shared vehicle: means one of the following:

    (a) If the shared vehicle is purchased in this state, a shared vehicle for which the owner certifies that the transaction privilege tax was paid on the purchase of the shared vehicle. See

  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Intergovernmental agreement: means an agreement or contract that meets the requirements of Title 11, Chapter 7, Article 3

    4. See Arizona Laws 28-9101

  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • juvenile: means an individual who is under the age of eighteen years. See Arizona Laws 8-201
  • Juvenile court: means the juvenile division of the superior court. See Arizona Laws 8-531
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • legal custody: means a status embodying all of the following rights and responsibilities:

    (a) The right to have physical possession of the child. See Arizona Laws 8-531

  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Limited partner: means a person who has been admitted to a limited partnership as a limited partner in accordance with the partnership agreement. See Arizona Laws 29-301
  • Limousine: means a motor vehicle providing prearranged ground transportation service for an individual passenger, or a group of passengers, that is arranged in advance or is operated on a regular route or between specified points and includes ground transportation under a contract or agreement for services that includes a fixed rate or time and is provided in a motor vehicle with a seating capacity not exceeding fifteen passengers including the driver. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Livery vehicle: means a motor vehicle that:

    (a) Has a seating capacity not exceeding fifteen passengers including the driver. See Arizona Laws 28-101

  • Military airport: means an airport that is operated by an armed force of the United States and that is primarily used for military fixed wing aircraft operations, excluding a runway or airstrip that is not immediately adjacent to facilities primarily used for operational control, maintenance and permanent parking of aircraft. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • Military training route: means a low level military route that allows department of defense aircraft to conduct flights that may be as low as one hundred feet above the ground at speeds in excess of two hundred fifty knots indicated air speed as delineated in the military training route map pursuant to section 37-102. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • Minor: means a person under eighteen years of age. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Month: means a calendar month unless otherwise expressed. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Municipality: means an incorporated city or town. See Arizona Laws 28-9101
  • neglected: means :

    (a) The inability or unwillingness of a parent, guardian or custodian of a child to provide that child with supervision, food, clothing, shelter or medical care if that inability or unwillingness causes unreasonable risk of harm to the child's health or welfare, except if the inability of a parent, guardian or custodian to provide services to meet the needs of a child with a disability or chronic illness is solely the result of the unavailability of reasonable services. See Arizona Laws 8-201

  • Nonresident: means a person who is not a resident of this state as defined in section 28-2001. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • On-demand autonomous vehicle network: means a passenger transportation network that uses a digital network or software application to connect passengers to fully autonomous vehicles for transportation, exclusively or in addition to other vehicles, including transportation for hire and transportation for compensation. See
  • Operator: means a person who drives a motor vehicle on a highway, who is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle on a highway or who is exercising control over or steering a vehicle being towed by a motor vehicle. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Owner: means :

    (a) A person who holds the legal title of a vehicle. See Arizona Laws 28-101

  • Parent: means the natural or adoptive mother or father of a child. See Arizona Laws 8-531
  • Parent-child relationship: includes all rights, privileges, duties and obligations existing between parent and child, including inheritance rights. See Arizona Laws 8-531
  • Parties: includes the child, the petitioners and any parent of the child required to consent to the adoption pursuant to section 8-106. See Arizona Laws 8-531
  • Partner: means a limited or general partner. See Arizona Laws 29-301
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Partnership agreement: means any valid agreement, written or oral, of the partners as to the affairs of a limited partnership and the conduct of its business. See Arizona Laws 29-301
  • Peace officers: means sheriffs of counties, constables, marshals, policemen of cities and towns, commissioned personnel of the department of public safety, personnel who are employed by the state department of corrections and the department of juvenile corrections and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, peace officers who are appointed by a multicounty water conservation district and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, police officers who are appointed by community college district governing boards and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, police officers who are appointed by the Arizona board of regents and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, police officers who are appointed by the governing body of a public airport pursuant to section 28-8426 and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board, peace officers who are appointed by a private postsecondary institution pursuant to section 15-1897 and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board and special agents from the office of the attorney general, or of a county attorney, and who have received a certificate from the Arizona peace officer standards and training board. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Person: means an individual, firm, partnership, corporation, company, association, joint stock association or body politic, including any trustee, receiver, assignee or other representative of a trustee, receiver or assignee. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • Person: means a natural person, partnership, domestic or foreign limited partnership, trust, estate, association, corporation or entity. See Arizona Laws 29-301
  • Person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society, as well as a natural person. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Petition: means a written statement of the essential facts that allege delinquency, incorrigibility or dependency. See Arizona Laws 8-201
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Political subdivision: means a city, town or county and includes a school district. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • Population: means the population according to the most recent United States decennial census. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • Pretrial conference: A meeting of the judge and lawyers to discuss which matters should be presented to the jury, to review evidence and witnesses, to set a timetable, and to discuss the settlement of the case.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Process: means a citation, writ or summons issued in the course of judicial proceedings. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Property: includes both real and personal property. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Protective supervision: means supervision that is ordered by the juvenile court of children who are found to be dependent or incorrigible. See Arizona Laws 8-201
  • Public transportation: means local transportation of passengers by means of a public conveyance. See Arizona Laws 28-9101
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Registered mail: includes certified mail. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Request to intervene: means a notification by an automated driving system to a human driver that the human driver should promptly begin or resume performance of part or all of the dynamic driving task. See
  • Runway: means an artificially surfaced strip of ground that is designed and used at an airport for the landing and takeoff of aircraft. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • School: means any public institution established for the purposes of offering instruction to pupils in programs for preschool children with disabilities, kindergarten programs or any combination of grades one through twelve. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • School district: means a political subdivision of this state with geographic boundaries organized for the purpose of the administration, support and maintenance of the public schools or an accommodation school. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • School district development plan: means any proposal to build or expand a school but does not include repairing, maintaining or remodeling an existing school. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • Shared vehicle driver: means an individual who has been authorized to drive the shared vehicle by the shared vehicle owner under a car sharing program agreement. See
  • Shared vehicle owner: means the registered owner, or a person or entity designated by the registered owner, of a vehicle that is made available for sharing to shared vehicle drivers through a peer-to-peer car sharing program. See
  • State: means a state, territory or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. See Arizona Laws 29-301
  • State: means a state of the United States and the District of Columbia. See Arizona Laws 28-101
  • Structure: means an object that is constructed or installed by a human including a building, tower, smokestack or overhead transmission line. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Taxi: means a motor vehicle that has a seating capacity not exceeding fifteen passengers, including the driver, that provides passenger services and that:

    (a) Does not primarily operate on a regular route or between specified places. See Arizona Laws 28-101

  • Taxi meter: means a device that automatically calculates at a predetermined rate the charge for the hire of a vehicle and that indicates the charge. See Arizona Laws 28-9501
  • Territory in the vicinity: means any property located in the following zones:

    (a) For Luke air force base in Maricopa county, the zone is ten miles to the north, south and west and four miles to the east parallel from the center of the main runway of a military airport. See Arizona Laws 28-8461

  • Trade dress: means a removable and distinct logo, insignia or emblem attached to or visible from the exterior of either of the following:

    (a) A transportation network company vehicle during the performance of transportation network services. See Arizona Laws 28-9551

  • Transportation network company: means an entity that has been issued a permit pursuant to this article, that operates in this state, that uses a digital network or software application to connect passengers to transportation network services provided by transportation network company drivers and that may but is not deemed to own, operate or control a personal motor vehicle of a transportation network company driver. See Arizona Laws 28-9551
  • Transportation network company driver: means an individual who receives connections to potential passengers and related services from a transportation network company in exchange for payment of a fee to the transportation network company and who operates a motor vehicle that is both of the following:

    (a) Owned, leased or otherwise authorized for use by the individual. See Arizona Laws 28-9551

  • Transportation network company vehicle: means a motor vehicle that meets all of the following:

    (a) Has a seating capacity not exceeding eight passengers, including the driver. See Arizona Laws 28-9551

  • Transportation network services: means the transportation of a passenger between points chosen by the passenger and arranged with a transportation network company driver through the use of a transportation network company's digital network or software application beginning when a transportation network company driver accepts a request for transportation network services received through the transportation network company's digital network or software application, continuing while the transportation network company driver provides transportation network services in a transportation network company vehicle and ending when the passenger exits the transportation network company vehicle or when the trip is canceled. See Arizona Laws 28-9551
  • Tree: means an object of natural growth. See Arizona Laws 28-8461
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Uphold: The decision of an appellate court not to reverse a lower court decision.
  • User fees: Fees charged to users of goods or services provided by the government. In levying or authorizing these fees, the legislature determines whether the revenue should go into the treasury or should be available to the agency providing the goods or services.
  • Vehicle for hire: means a taxi, livery vehicle or limousine. See Arizona Laws 28-9501
  • Vehicle for hire company: means a company that offers local transportation through use of a taxi, livery vehicle or limousine or a combination of taxis, livery vehicles or limousines. See Arizona Laws 28-9501
  • Wilfully: means , with respect to conduct or to a circumstance described by a statute defining an offense, that a person is aware or believes that the person's conduct is of that nature or that the circumstance exists. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.
  • Writ: means an order or precept in writing issued in the name of the state or by a court or judicial officer. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Writ of certiorari: An order issued by the Supreme Court directing the lower court to transmit records for a case for which it will hear on appeal.
  • Writing: includes printing. See Arizona Laws 1-215