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Parenting Plans

The Parenting Plan is the parties’ agreement regarding which parent will have the child. A good parenting plan clearly sets out where the child will be. (See Exhibit 1). In other words, if parents have a parenting plan, calendar and a watch, they know exactly where their children should be. Under A.R.S. § 25-403.02, every … Continue reading Parenting Plans

Cindy Best
Parenting Time

In Arizona, we do not use the term “custody.” We instead use the terms “legal decision-making” and “parenting time.” These two aspects of a parenting plan comprise what is traditionally considered custody in other states. In determining parenting time and legal decision-making in the child(ren)’s best interests, the court refers to what is known as … Continue reading Parenting Time

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Legal Decision-Making

In Arizona, we do not use the term “custody.” We instead use the terms “legal decision-making” and “parenting time.” These two aspects of a parenting plan comprise what is traditionally considered custody in other states. In determining parenting time and legal decision-making in the child(ren)’s best interests, the court refers to what is known as … Continue reading Legal Decision-Making

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Establishing And Challenging Paternity

The Basics Paternity only applies to the father of the child. Paternity means being declared the legal father after the child is born. Until paternity is established in accordance with the law, a child of unmarried parents is without a legal father. The proceedings to establish the maternity or paternity of a child may be … Continue reading Establishing And Challenging Paternity

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Handling Domestic Violence Issues

It is important for family law attorneys to be educated about domestic violence. 1,300,000 women in the U.S. are victims of domestic violence by intimate partners every year. Battered women are not the only victims of abuse; it is estimated that anywhere between 3.3 million and 10 million children witness domestic violence annually. Statutory Definition … Continue reading Handling Domestic Violence Issues

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Simple Steps to “Serving” the Other Party

“Service” is the technical name for the other party receiving the documents that you filed. Arizona courts require the petitioner to show proof that the other person was served. In today’s legal world, service does not have to be done with a process server. Instead, you can simply mail the documents to the other party, … Continue reading Simple Steps to “Serving” the Other Party

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Pizza Friday At St. Vincent De Paul

The team at Best Law Firm volunteered at St. Vincent De Paul last week at their pizza making event. St. Vincent De Paul makes over 150 pizzas every Friday for guests in the family dining room. They had a rolling dough station, a topping station and a slicing and boxing station. Flour and toppings were flying everywhere … Continue reading Pizza Friday At St. Vincent De Paul

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Types of Parenting Time Schedules

There are several different types of parenting plans that parties can agree on or the court can enter in cases involving children. Some example parenting plans may include: Equal Parenting Time Non-Equal Parenting Time Long Distance Parenting Time   Equal Parenting Time Equal parenting time means both parents have equal access to the minor child(ren). … Continue reading Types of Parenting Time Schedules

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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Arizona

The Best Law Firm made a charitable donation to Saint Vincent De Paul for the holidays. We enjoy volunteering in the Urban Farm and look forward to feeding the homeless this month. St. Vincent de Paul encourages everyone to get out and help those in need, whether it’s donating their time by helping out in … Continue reading The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Arizona

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