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Spring is a Good TIme to Clean Out Your Closet

It’s spring and time to clean up a bit. Sometimes, people take this season and work on the loose ends of their relationships/marriage and seek advice on what to do. It’s a good idea to get lots of information before making any major legal decision. If you choose this time to get your life in … Continue reading Spring is a Good TIme to Clean Out Your Closet

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Use A Map And Don’t Get Lost

When you are really serious about giving us a call. We can chat with you and give some idea of what your next step might be. We will probably advise you to schedule a legal consultation with an attorney who can give you specific advise about your very specific family. Don’t trust the guy down … Continue reading Use A Map And Don’t Get Lost

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Dividing Your Assets, Including Your House

Arizona is a community property state. Everything you and your spouse have accumulated during your marriage is presumed community, unless you owned it prior to marriage, you acquired it by will, or you bought it with your sole and separate money. What happens if you put your husbands’ name on your sole and separate bank … Continue reading Dividing Your Assets, Including Your House

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How To Mediate?

Do you have a picture in your mind about mediation? Perhaps it includes sitting in the same room with someone you are starting to hate and you are trying to figure out how this can possibly work out. Our mediations are not like that. We can talk with both parties in the same room but … Continue reading How To Mediate?

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Spring Has Sprung

Spring has sprung. Flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. The weather is gorgeous and now you are in the middle of a divorce. Perhaps you could try and adopt this sunshiny spring has sprung attitude and try and settle your issues with your soon to be ex…Perhaps you will allow this infusion of … Continue reading Spring Has Sprung

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Third Party Visitation

The third-party visitation is a much easier standard to meet than the third-party placement and legal decision-making standard. But the statute itself can be confusing. Here are some issues to keep in mind about this statute: Open Class. Although the statute mentions grandparent visitation and in loco parentis visitation, it is actually a rather open … Continue reading Third Party Visitation

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Third-Party Visitation Rights

A.R.S. § 25-409 is the third-party rights statute. It sets two different analyses one for visitation, and another for placement and/or legal decision-making. Arizona allows third party individuals to Petition the Court for the following: Placement of the minor child(ren) in the home of the third party. This includes the third party being awarded parenting … Continue reading Third-Party Visitation Rights

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Responding To Petitions For Dissolution Of Marriage Or Petition For Legal Separation

Once the Petition is filed and the opposing party is properly served, the clock begins to run on the time for filing a Response. Presently in Arizona, a responsive pleading must be made within twenty (20) days of service of the initial pleading if the Respondent was served in the state of Arizona, and within … Continue reading Responding To Petitions For Dissolution Of Marriage Or Petition For Legal Separation

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Legal Decision-Making Analysis for Domestic Violence

Often, when a batterer was the perpetrator of significant domestic violence, he or she continues to pose a danger to the child(ren) and the spouse/ex-spouse. Thus, the Court should apply A.R.S. § 25-403.03. Under A.R.S. § 25-403.03(A), the batterer may not receive joint legal decision-making with the other parent. The Court of Appeals has interpreted … Continue reading Legal Decision-Making Analysis for Domestic Violence

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