Navigating the Rapids Temporary Orders Hearings in Maricopa County
One of the most anxiety-producing experiences for both a family law client and their attorney is navigating through the process relating to a Maricopa County temporary orders hearing. The client’s anxiety is easy to understand. It may be their first experience in a contested hearing, the first time a judge is going to be presented with evidence concerning their case, or the first time ever … Read More
Who Decides Legal Decision-Making in Arizona Family Law Cases?
Anyone who has been involved in an Arizona family law case since 2013 knows that the notion of child “custody” is largely obsolete. At the end of 2012, the term “custody” was replaced with two legal concepts: legal decision-making and parenting time. Those two concepts are defined very differently. Parenting time “means the schedule of time during which each parent has … Read More
Arizona Child Support Modification
In Arizona, child support is determined by using a formula. Several factors are considered – income of each party, how many other children each parent supports, cost of daycare and health insurance, as well as how much time each parent spends with the child or children.
There are some changed circumstances that justify changing the amount of child support from the amount originally ordered. However, the … Read More
Guiding Parents in a High-Conflict Divorce
Family law attorneys may have many “high-conflict” divorces in which parents cannot resolve their differences in either a business-like or amicable manner. Typically, there is on-going, unrelenting hostility between the parents. Frequently, there are allegations of domestic violence, physical abuse, and/or sexual abuse. The parents lack the ability to communicate about their … Read More
Mental Health Issues and Divorce
In many divorce cases, mental health issues are raised. Their impact ranges from very mild to very severe. In this series, we will first begin by focusing on general issues that arise within a person’s life when the nuclear, scorched earth option of divorce is initiated.
When a person files a divorce action, usually it significantly changes both of their lives. The relationship dynamics … Read More
Top 6 Relocation Factors that an Arizona Family Law Judge Considers
It is common that divorced parents remarry or become involved in other relationships. It is also common that divorced parents (or parents in the midst of a divorce) may want to leave Arizona – to “relocate” to another state along with their minor children. There is a litany of reasons why a parent may seek relocation of minor children. However, the question … Read More
Five Tips to Avoid Holiday Parenting Time Issues
Holiday parenting time issues are extremely common. They often create strong emotional responses from each parent because not only is it their parenting time, but also it frequently includes extended family members visiting or who have traveled to see the children. The holidays are stressful enough without parenting time issues and an ounce of prevention can go a long way towards reducing or eliminating … Read More
Getting Married? Why a Premarital Agreement is Important
Celebrities and the very rich may enter into premarital agreements. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones all signed premarital agreements. Wealthy and high-profile people such as Mark Zuckerberg, Jessica Simpson, Tom Cruise, Tony Romo, Britney Spears, Barry Bonds, and even Beyoncé, all … Read More
Strategies for More Effective Trial Presentations in Family Law Proceedings
On September 21, 2018, the Executive Council of the Family Law Section of the State Bar, past and present Family Law Judges, as well as experienced practitioners, gave 24 participants the opportunity to hone their skills in the Family Law Trial College. The suggestions, thoughts, and ideas that were discussed benefit any Arizona family law attorney, regardless of their years of experience. As moderator … Read More
Changes in Family Law Court Means One Parent Could Make Parenting Decisions
While Arizona judges had been making some parenting decisions in family law cases for many years, that recently shifted due to recent Arizona Court of Appeals decisions that have far reaching impacts on parents that cannot agree on decisions concerning their children.
In the past family law judges could appoint professionals, particularly mental health professionals for children. The appointment … Read More