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Friday, June 9, 2017

When Mommy Threatens the Children


Q: What happens if a parent threatens the safety of their child?

Every night across America parents tell their children to go to sleep. Some might add an acceptable reason like they have to get up early or have a big day tomorrow. Others might use an exasperated tone if the kids are too slow to comply. But when a Scottsdale single mom reportedly told her two girls to "go to sleep so that she could kill them both and so the three of them could be in heaven together without their father", that was a big red flag that Read more . . .


Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Who’s, Why’s and How’s of Paternity Testing


Q. How is paternity established?

While establishing the identity of a child's biological mother is virtually always easy, establishing paternity --or fatherhood – – is not always simple. “Who’s your daddy?” is an emotionally-charged question especially if asked in the context of a prospective divorce.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Considering Mediation When Divorcing


Q: When is mediation appropriate and what are the benefits?

Divorce is stressful, but in many cases there is a process that may alleviate some of the anxiety that comes from dissolving the marriage and finding a new “normal” for your family. The process is called mediation.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Custody Issues in Drug-Exposed Baby Cases


Q: Does the protocol for the custody of children born exposed to drugs keep kids safe?

When couples with children divorce or otherwise dissolve their relationship, the court will consider what is in the best interest of the child when determining how much Read more . . .


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Arizona Post-Divorce Pension Grab Case Seeks Highest Court Ruling


Q: Can a former spouse claim a share of a veteran’s disability benefits?

When a couple gets a divorce, there are several issues that need to be settled. Depending on the party’s particular circumstances, those issues may include deciding child custody and visitation, child support, spousal maintenance or support, and the Read more . . .


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Removing Children from Their Parents in Arizona


Q: What is the policy for removing children from their parents in Arizona?

The one phrase typically associated with the many complicated layers of a divorce proceeding is “What is in the best interest of the child?”

This question is at the very forefront of child custody and visitation negotiations and determinations. Under Arizona law, custody is referred to as "legal decision-making” and visitation is known as "Read more . . .


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Removing Emotion from Divorce Proceedings


Q: Can divorce decisions be treated like business transactions?

Divorce isn't easy. Emotions run high.
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Family Law Attorneys Can Help Domestic Violence Victims


Q: Who should a domestic violence victim turn to for help?

When your law practice is exclusively devoted to all aspects of Arizona family law, you routinely get to help families navigate the more common issues in a divorce, like child custody and visitation (legally referred to as legal decision-making and parenting time, respectively). Unfortunately, you also see your share of domestic violence.

Many people think of the police right away when it comes to domestic violence (and rightly so), but often don't realize that a


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Importance of Seeking Help for Domestic Violence


Q: Can a family law attorney protect me if I am a victim of abuse?

Whether there are children involved or not, domestic violence is a sensitive, emotional, and sometimes lethal reality.

Domestic violence in a relationship can take the form of physical, emotional, or verbal abuse.


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Arizona Tribe May Trump the “Best Interest of the Child” in Child Custody Dispute


Q: Does the 1978 federal law known as the Indian Child Welfare Act take precedence over state law and the “best interest of the child” standard of determining custody?

In the vast majority of child custody cases, Arizona family law attorneys know that the most important factor the state courts will consider is what is in the so-called “best interest of the children”. Whenever possible, Arizona favors involvement of both parents in both child custody and visitation, which are referred to as “legal decision-making” and “parenting time”, respectively.

Sometimes one biological parent has custody and the other is not in the picture. If the custodial parent remarries and the new stepparent is raising the child like their own, they might want to take it to the next level by pursuing a


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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Politics and Privacy Issues of Celebrity Divorce in Arizona


Q: Can a public couple divorce in a private manner?

No one enters a marriage expecting less than happily ever after. Sadly, family law attorneys-- and divorce statistics--indicate that that isn't always the long-term outcome.


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