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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Month: After You Get Your Order Of Protection

If you have gone to court and received your Order of Protection, the other side might ask for a hearing. If they do, do not be alarmed. That just means that they want to go tell a Judge their story, oftentimes without understanding the law. You need to consider hiring an attorney to go to…

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Month: Dogs, Kids, and Domestic Violence

We tend to think that domestic violence only affects the partner spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend but there is collateral and direct damage to children and pets. A batterer who abuses their dogs or cats is more likely to abuse a person, adult or child. A family where there is domestic violence puts the children at risk. Up to…

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Day: Emergency Order of Protection

If you need emergency relief on weekends, at night or on legal holidays you may need an Emergency Order of Protection.  If needed follow the following steps: Contact your local law enforcement agency and file a complaint. Law enforcement will review the situation and determine whether a domestic violence situation exists. After the police officer…

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: What Exactly Is Domestic Violence

If you don’t know baseball, I apologize in advance for this analogy. A long time ago when I coached baseball, I tried to teach the players to tag up when there was a fly ball to the outfield. As the ball would fly to the outfield, I started yelling “tag up!” I could not understand…

Cindy Best
Domestic Violence Day: Filing An Order Of Protection

Why do we need a day for this? Because domestic violence is epidemic in our country and in Maricopa County and it crosses all lines of race, status, money, professions, geography, age, sex, religion, education, house size, and any other characteristic. If you are a victim, there is help, you are not alone and it…

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