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Family Law

Monday, January 21, 2019

Would you donate a kidney to your ex-spouse?

Phoenix divorce attorneys see the full spectrum of divorce scenarios from the most amicable to the most adversarial.

Spouses who don’t share children can make a “clean break” after the

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Child Abandonment in Arizona

Is abandoning a child ever legal?

Arizona divorce attorneys are accustomed to parents fighting over custody of their children as, more often than not, both parents want sole or joint/shared custody. Except in particular circumstances, courts generally favor both parents making the important legal decisions regarding their child and deem shared involvement after divorce to be in the best interest of the child.

In Arizona, custody is called “legal decision-making” and it refers to the power to make important decisions about and on behalf of the child-- such as education, healthcare, religious upbringing, activities, and personal care. In addition, where the child will physically reside is known as “parenting time”.

There are several factors related to the well-being of the child that the court considers when deciding which parents will be granted legal decision-making and parenting time.
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

When You Didn’t Get a Prenuptial Agreement Before the Wedding

Is it too late for a marital agreement after the wedding has happened?

Marital agreement attorneys understand that many happily engaged couples don’t put prenuptial agreements on their pre-wedding “to do” lists.

Nothing kills a happy engagement period like talking about getting divorced while registering for China before you even walk down the aisle, but for many couples—not just celebrities--it’s the responsible thing to do. Second (or third or more) marriages are often good examples of couples who may benefit from marital agreements since there are often children from earlier marriages who spouses may want to provide for using certain assets.

The good news is that couples who didn’t get, but should have gotten, prenuptial agreements can correct the problem after the wedding by entering into a post-nuptial agreement.

Recently, Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of the late King of Rock, Elvis Presley, scored a legal victory in her divorce when a judge ruled her post nuptial agreement to be “iron clad” and held that she did not have to pay any spousal support—also known as alimony-- to her ex-husband.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Avoiding Foster Care Placement When Possible

Q: Might consult a family law attorney early result in better domestic matter outcomes?

Most people don't realize that the first time someone consults a family law attorney doesn't necessarily have to be when they are getting a divorce.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Alimony Deduction May Be Eliminated in New Tax Reform Bill

Q: How will the elimination of the alimony tax deduction impact divorcing couples?

Phoenix divorce lawyers are watching the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which, in its current form, promises to impact spousal support awards for those getting divorced after 2017.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Alimony and Other Possible Complications of Same-Sex Divorce

Q: Are there any special concerns a same-sex couple faces when divorcing?

Shortly after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2015 that legalized same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian couples – – many whose relationships had spanned decades – – rushed to the local courthouse steps to legalize their unions and officially get married. But just like heterosexual couples, some are finding that while getting married is now easy, it doesn’t always last forever.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Feds Target Adoption Tax Credit

Q: Will adoptive parents lose the federal tax credit?

Most people think of divorce and the breaking up of a family when they think of a family law attorney. However, many family lawyers also help build families through traditional adoption or step-parent adoption.

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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 . . .

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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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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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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