Cindy Best
How To Be a Good Client

“Does it really matter if I am a good client?” I think it really helps you help yourself if you are a good client. Attorneys will do the work, care about your case, and want to have a positive outcome. But what changes if you are a good client? The attorney is more enthusiastic, more … Continue reading How To Be a Good Client

Cindy Best
Why Won’t Anyone Believe Me?

Marcelle Guimaraes, a Houston mother, took her son (age 4) Nico, to Brazil in 2013, and never returned. She’s a fugitive, wanted by the FBI, and charged with international parental kidnapping. Why am I writing about this? The mother claimed that she fled a domestic violence situation. There is some email evidence that she was, … Continue reading Why Won’t Anyone Believe Me?

Cindy Best
Melissa Brockie Talks About Domestic Violence [AZCentral Video]

In this video from AZCentral, Melissa Brockie, the director of New Day Centers at UMOM in Phoenix, Arizona, talks about what warning signs to look for and the resources available to those who might be in a domestic violence relationship. Understanding what domestic violence is and knowing the support systems that are there to help … Continue reading Melissa Brockie Talks About Domestic Violence [AZCentral Video]

Cindy Best
Mothers Leaving Abuse

If you are a mother, it is because you have kids. I have an observation to make about mother’s who go through divorce and the thoughts about children. Sometimes mothers get divorced for reasons that are unrelated to the husband/father’s behavior or love toward his children. In those families, it makes sense to share responsibilities … Continue reading Mothers Leaving Abuse

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Walk Back

A client comes to see us who tells a sad story of being screamed at, stalked, ducked while things were thrown at her, watched her kids being berated, and watched the dog getting kicked. The mother/wife is a victim of long years of domestic violence that has severely changed her as a person and a … Continue reading Domestic Violence Walk Back

Cindy Best
Rob Porter, the White House, and Domestic Violence

You see the word domestic violence and you might have an automatic response about what you think it means. You might automatically be thinking things like: it could never happen to me, what is wrong with these people, is it just for black eyes, why isn’t it always reported right away, would someone really make … Continue reading Rob Porter, the White House, and Domestic Violence

Cindy Best
Now What?

So, another year has gone by and you are still unhappy. Over the holidays, he screamed at you and the kids. He even pushed you when he was drinking too much. The same old fights and the same old abuse. But you might be thinking that you don’t want to get divorced because you do … Continue reading Now What?

Cindy Best
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

Cindy Best
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

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Month: It’s Not Over

October was Domestic Violence Awareness month. It’s a good idea to focus on such a devastating and widespread dysfunction in our families and relationships that crosses all boundaries of race, finance, geography, education, status, job, or any other segregating parameter. But just because the month of awareness is over, does not mean that domestic violence … Continue reading Domestic Violence Month: It’s Not Over

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