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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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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Planning an Expensive Wedding? You Could Be Headed for Divorce

An expensive engagement ring and a lavish wedding ceremony can be a memorable beginning to a long and loving marriage.  But not necessarily.  According to a new Emory University study, there is a correlation between higher spending on rings and weddings and the likelihood of divorce.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Court Ruling Permits Enforcement of Out-of-State Child Support Orders in Arizona

Payment of child support can be one of the most contentious issues in a divorce.  Enforcing these orders can also become tactically difficult when the parents live in different states.   A recent ruling by the Arizona Court of Appeals makes enforcing out-of-state child support orders somewhat easier for Arizona residents.
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Arizona Cardinals Running Back Arrested in Domestic Violence Incident

Domestic violence among professional athletes has been in the news often in recent weeks.  In one of the latest incidents, Phoenix police have arrested running back Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals at the team's training facility in Tempe.

According to police records, the arrest stems from a July 21 argument between Dwyer and his wife.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy Come to Agreement in Custody of Daughter

Former Real Housewives of New York City star and founder of the Skinnygirl empire, Bethenny Frankel, has been engaged in a custody battle over her four year old daughter, Bryne, for two years.  On the other side of the disagreement is father of Bryne and estranged husband of Frankel, Jason Hoppy.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Strongly Contested Divorce: Is It Bad for Your Health?

Anyone that is divorced knows that the changes it can bring often result in stress, financial challenges and disruptions to family life. When a divorce is acrimonious or involves numerous disagreements regarding legal decision making (child custody),  parenting time, property division and/or spousal maintenance, the resulting challenges can be even more problematic. Unfortunately, a recent study illustrates a further potential downside to divorce: a shortened lifespan.
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Best Approach in Deciding The Terms of Your Divorce

Divorce is often a difficult affair.  With emotions running high during and after the split, the stress can have a negative effect on your health, your relationships with others and your finances.  While being able to support yourself after divorce is important, your finances should not be your main focus during this time.  Many people put too much emphasis on the Read more . . .

Friday, July 18, 2014

Supreme Court Decides on Family Reunification at the Discretion of DES

A recent ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court will have an effect on the reunification of families in the state.  The Supreme Court has held that the Department of Economic Security (DES) does not have the ability to decide when children should be reunified with their parents.

This decision stems from a 2012 case where four children were removed from their home and taken into state custody by DES.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Custody Battles Over the Family Pet are Becoming Commonplace

It is no secret that couples are divorcing.  It seems like every time you turn on the TV you hear news of another celebrity couple splitting up.  As divorces have gotten more public we have become desensitized to ugly custody battles.  But, a new kind of custody battle is taking shape; those over the Read more . . .

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