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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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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Prop 206: Paid Safe Days for Domestic Violence Passes in Arizona

Q: If I miss work due to domestic violence, will I be fired or have my pay docked?

Domestic violence is a sad reality in many relationships today. Violence by one partner against another can be physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual in nature.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Timely Child Support Impacts National Poverty Level

Q: Can child support arrears be collected against a missing delinquent parent?

Along with having children, comes the obligation to financially support them—whether you are married to the co-parent or not. When couples who don’t have children together get split up or divorce, they can often make a clean break from each other (with the exception of spousal support payments, if applicable). But unlike spousal support, child support payments don't stop when your ex gets remarried.


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Saturday, November 26, 2016

“Deadbeat Dads” and Child Support Law in Arizona

Q: What happens if I fall behind in child support?

Under Arizona law, custody and visitation are known as “legal decision making” and “parenting time,” respectively and the courts strongly encourage both parents to support and be actively involved in their children’s lives. Sometimes that isn’t possible.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Arizona’s Shared Parenting Time & Legal Decision-Making: A Model for Other States

Q: Is Arizona’s shared parenting policy a “model worth copying” for other states?

Nationally, many states are moving toward a more egalitarian concept of “shared parenting” after divorce--which is a step away from the more stringent, less balanced child custody and visitation processes that have existed for decades. Historically, courts have often granted custody to one parent, relegating the non-custodial parent to infrequent visitation, resulting in significantly less time and involvement in the child’s life.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

The 5 Important Needs of Children of Divorce

Q: Can parents in a divorce put their children’s needs above their own?

You hear the phrase all the time—“in the best interests of the child”. It’s the backbone of Divorce law in cases with children in Arizona. But what does it mean exactly and how can parents act like parents when they are going through Divorce or

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Dude, Your Girlfriend Didn’t “Elaborately” Make You Homeless. You Made You Homeless.

A little over a month ago the following post showed up on reddit

Two years ago my girlfriend and I had a small DV incident where I hit her. It was wrong of me.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Common Causes of Divorce

What are the most common reasons for divorce?

No two relationships or marriages are precisely the same so it is difficult to untangle the threads that bind two people together, let alone figure out what makes those threads unravel. Nonetheless, there are certain recurrent themes in divorce that can be statistically validated. According to these, the following are some of the most common reasons for marriage dissolution. Underlying all of them is the inability to communicate. In marriages where couples can have honest, meaningful dialogues, many of these issues can be resolved.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Mediation: The Cheapest Way To Divorce?

How much does it cost to get a divorce? A recent magazine article on this topic when viral when it offered a crazy range of $250 to “well over $100,000.”

In Arizona, you are going to pay more than $250 because it most counties it costs more than that to file the necessary paperwork with the court, but other than that, it is difficult to say because the cost varies so much from couple to couple. 

One way to cut down on costs is to do a

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Enforcing Child Support

How can I enforce a child support order?

One of the key issues in a divorce is child support that a non-custodial parent is required to pay. Far too often, however, so-called deadbeat parents are delinquent and owe back child support. That's the bad news. The good news is that there are state and federal laws to enforce child support orders.

At the federal level the Child Support Enforcement Act empowers state authorities to collect child support in arrears and subject deadbeat parents to a wide range of penalties including jail time.
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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Custody Dispute Leads to Deadly Shoot-Out

This summer we got a brutal reminder just how contentious custody disputes can become. A man out in Navajo County recently shot and killed the mother of his grandchildren and her mother on the courthouse steps after a custody hearing.

According to a report in The Republic, the children at the heart of this dispute had been cared for by their paternal grandfather, the shooter, for some time. In May, the children visited their mother’s home, and shortly after that, the grandparents filed for a protective order, claiming that she had hit the children and verbally abused them.

The mother, in turn, alleged that the children’s father’s family had taken the children away from her, and she was seeking custody and the right to visit the children while the custody dispute was resolved.

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