LEGAL DECISION-MAKING AND PARENTING TIME – FORMERLY KNOWN AS “CUSTODY”

In a divorce, issues related to the children are usually the most important. Accordingly, questions about how the court will award legal decision making and parenting time are among the most common. Most people use the term “custody” to describe which parent the child lives with most of the time; however, Arizona now breaks what

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ARIZONA CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES ARE SET IN STONE

In Arizona, the amount of child support the court orders a parent to pay is determined in accordance with the Arizona Child Support Guidelines. Although they are called guidelines, the court will almost always order child support pursuant to the Arizona Child Support Guidelines. The court has discretion to deviate from the guidelines, but will

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Paternity’s Effect on Legal Decision-Making And Parenting Time

Many times I’ll speak with a parent wondering what rights they do/don’t have without a Court order. As discussed in the first part of this blog series, there are several scenarios in which paternity would be presumed. However, until paternity is established by the Court, the Father is not, by definition, a “legal parent.” Further,

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Establishment Of Paternity For IV-D Child Support

A common reason for a Mother to want to establish the paternity of an uninvolved Father is so that she can receive needed child support. A Court cannot order someone to pay child support unless paternity has been established. Sometimes, however, even the idea of receiving needed financial assistance is not enough for some Mothers

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Update On Same-Sex Marriage And Child Custody

As you may be aware, once the United States Supreme Court legalized marriage for same-sex couples in 2015, same-sex couples are able to marry and in general terms receive the same protection as heterosexual couples under Arizona’s domestic relations laws. Interpretation and application of Arizona law with respect to child custody issues with respect to

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Finding a Good Lawyer

People don’t always know where to go when looking for a good lawyer. The first place they often look is on the internet. They type in key words such as “Lawyers in Phoenix” and then just hope for the best. That’s not a bad option, but consumers can do a little more to make sure

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