Cindy Best
Tug of War over the Children

If you are going through a divorce, what about the kids? If you are thinking of leaving the family home, and there are not court orders in place, then both parents have rights to the kids. Hopefully, the parents can work out an agreement without help from the court. If they cannot, then there is…

Cindy Best
Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat. What does that really mean?  Possibly it means to just be nice or something not so pleasant will happen to you? Maybe we should always behave that way: like someone is coming up to us and saying trick or treat. Just be nice all the time and you’ll have no worries. At…

Cindy Best
Hold Down the Fort

Should you hold down the fort? I thought I’d touch on what to do if you are going through a divorce and you cannot decide whether to move right away or stay and hold down the fort. If you’ve had conversations with people (not attorneys) you’ve heard it all: if you move, you lose your…

Cindy Best
School Starts

Most families have their children starting school for this new school year. Shoes are shined, backpacks are ready, pencils are sharpened. Ok, now there few shoes that get shined or pencils that get sharpened. But school starting is an exciting time for your children. Make it special and peaceful. If you are going through a…

Robbie Hendricks
Why Roll The Dice?

I had a trial last week. I thought we had a good case. We did. I thought we were reasonable. We were. I thought we had good solutions. We did. I thought I knew the law. We did. I thought the court would agree with us on all of the above. They did not. That…

Robbie Hendricks
Baseball Camp

So, your son wants to go to baseball camp and the mother does not want him to go. It is too far away, it is too expensive, she wants him to go to band camp. So, how do you decide and how do you keep it civil when you have joint legal decision making? I once…

Robbie Hendricks
Father’s Day lasts all year long

The best thing you can do for your children during a divorce is keep them out of the conflict. That means that you might consider going to mediation so you can resolve issues in a nice, quiet, low key environment. Even if you the mother are upset, a third party can help keep emotions in…

Robbie Hendricks
Father’s Day

It is almost here, Father’s Day. We meet lots of fathers in our family law practice. Some are excellent fathers. It is really important to know that Father’s rights in Arizona are on equal footing with mother’s rights.  Public policy and statutes in this state suggest that fit parents have a right to 50% of…

Cindy Best
Fathers and Brad Pitt

Take a lesson from Brad Pitt. He seems like a good person, a good father. What I know about him I have read in the paper. And, from what I read, I think every Father and Mother in America should read. Keep your kids out of the middle of the divorce. Say nothing negative about…

Cindy Best
It’s OK Until It’s Not OK

You are an unmarried father and you are in love and everything is great with the mother of your baby…until it isn’t. And then there are hard feelings. Arguments, fights about when you can see the baby. And then you find out that you have no legal rights. Really? Really. You have them, but you…

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