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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tips for Parents as Summertime Looms


This is my first summer splitting custody of my school-age child with my ex. What is the best way to handle this situation?

If you are learning to co-parent after a divorce or separation, the first year or so can introduce new and unexpected changes in family dynamics. For the school-age child, the freedom offered by the summer months may also mean a change or adjustment to the visitation schedule. Oftentimes, these issues are addressed in a custody and visitation order incorporated into the final divorce decree. However, if you are operating without a visitation order, or are considering seeking a modification now that your child is a little older, the following tips may help you navigate the upcoming summer months.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Arizona is Home to Many Unhappy Marriages


Does Arizona Have a Higher Than Average Divorce Rate?

Arizona is in the top third of states when it comes to divorce rates, according to statistics from the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System. According to the most recent information (2012) there are 3.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Dealing With the Stress of Divorce


How Can I Make the Divorce Process Better?

How you manage the dissolution of your marriage will impact your life post-divorce. Getting a divorce can be one of the most stressful times in your life, but there are steps you can take to make it easier on yourself and your children.
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Court-Appointed Family Psychologists and Divorce and Custody Proceedings


Will a New Law Help Divorcing Parents Spend Time with Their Children?

In divorce and custody disputes, alleged behavioral challenges on the part of parents and children may result in the loss of a parent’s right to gain custody of or even visit a child or children. A court-appointed psychologist is often instrumental in deciding how custody and visitation disputes are resolved. Court-appointed psychologists can interview family members and address potential issues involving:
• Criminal behavior;
• Possible abuse;
• Alcohol and drug use and abuse; and
• Parental effectiveness.

Most will agree that psychologists are the best choice for assessing family-related problems. But families need to be able to address concerns regarding a particular psychologist’s alleged competency issues or ethical violations.


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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Selecting a Divorce Mediator


How Do I Choose a Mediator?

The vast majority of divorce cases are not resolved through a trial. They settle at some point in the process before the issues are submitted to a judge to make the decision. Most cases are settled through negotiations involving lawyers for both sides who work out an agreement for their respective clients. Some cases are resolved through mediation, which involves a neutral third party who assists the parties in coming to an agreement. If the case is proceeding but no settlement is in sight, it might be worthwhile for the parties to Read more . . .


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

International Child Support


Can I enforce a child support order if the other parent is out of the country?

Your child support order from an Arizona court can be enforced abroad. The United States has reciprocity agreements with 16 countries and Canadian provinces.
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Friday, January 16, 2015

The Relationship Between Technology and Divorce Litigation


Can Certain Technologies Be Used as Evidence in a Divorce Case?

Certain technologies have the potential to create damaging evidence in cases relating to family law. In fact, more than 80% of divorce attorneys surveyed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reported an exponential increase in the evidence collected from social networking sites in the past five years.  In addition to social media, evidence from smart phones, computers and GPS devices can also be fair game. Both sides usually have access to this information, so potentially damaging information could be obtained from either spouse.
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Child Support Arrest Warrants


Can You Be Arrested for Failure to Appear at a Child Support Hearing?

Arizona family law judges are given the power to enforce child support orders, including the power to issue arrest warrants. It is rare that a judge in a non-criminal case issues an arrest warrant, but it can and does  happen.
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Monday, December 29, 2014

Bringing Parties Together Through Divorce Mediation


What Role Does Mediation Play in a Family Law Case?

Mediation can be very helpful in resolving disputes in divorce and family law cases depending on the issues involved and the goals and personalities of the parties. Mediation involves a neutral third party meeting with the spouses and their respective attorneys to attempt to resolve pending issues.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Woman Seeking Divorce Murdered By Husband


Those seeking a divorce can sometimes be in a dangerous situation. Whether domestic violence exists in the marriage or there is another threat to the well-being of one of the spouses or the children, there are usually warning signs that should not be ignored.  Recently, an Arizona woman who had filed for divorce and who had expressed concern about the safety of her family was killed by her husband.  


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Disability Payments Are Not Marital Property in Arizona Dissolution of Marriage


When Kara and Steven Helland were married in 1989, he was gainfully employed as an anesthesiologist.  Eleven years later, a disability left him unable to work in that field.
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