Cindy Best
Who gets invited to my baby’s birth?

Question: My baby is due around mid October. The baby’s father is not married to me and has been very mean and abusive to me ever since I told him I was pregnant. He calls me nasty names and texts me threats. At first he didn’t want the baby and now he threatens to show…

Cindy Best
Can the judge take my child if I am unvaccinated?

The short answer in Maricopa County, Arizona is that I do not know.  What I do know is that a judge just did exactly that in Chicago. I have not read the court’s order but I did read the Washington Post article as cited here. I have not heard of a judge doing anything like…

Cindy Best
Can I build my own house and drill my own teeth?

People sometimes ask whether they need an attorney to go through their divorce. My answer is the same as the above. Yes, you could possibly do all of the above but what do you want for your outcome? First, to build your own house would take a great deal of education. And to drill your…

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Cindy Best
Unmarried Fathers and Married Fathers

It seems logical that married fathers and married fathers have the same rights regarding their children. But in Arizona, it makes a difference if a Father is married to the mother of his children or not. A married father who is fit is usually awarded equal parenting time with the mother and joint legal decision making if…

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Cindy Best
Spousal Maintenance- AKA Alimony

There are a lot of misconceptions about spousal maintenance, possibly more than almost any other area of divorce. You may have heard that you will get spousal maintenance because your spouse makes more money, but it is not that simple. Spousal maintenance is often a mystery as to how it is determined and can be…

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Cindy Best
Quick Tips: Divorce and Property Issues

In divorce, the division of property can result in some of the ugliest battles between the parties. Why wouldn’t it? You are discussing all the material items that make up your marriage, after all. And these items both have large monetary value, and deep sentimental significance. So how does one prepare for such a high…

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Cindy Best
Children, Change, and Conflict

Now that summer is over and some version of school is back, your children are going through the obvious changes of going back to school and the changing seasons. They have been going through the changes due to covid since last spring. So, if you are also going through a family change at this same time,…

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Cindy Best
My husband wants to sell the house, I want to keep it.

It is not unusual to meet with a couple during a divorce mediation where it seems like there are insurmountable issues that cannot be resolved. For instance, husband and wife want different outcomes for the house. But since there is only one house, now what? As an experienced mediator, I would ask the parties why they…

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Cindy Best
Are Divorce and Conflict Twins?

In other words, does a divorce have to include conflict? I really do not think so. Stop and think about the potentials for conflict if you are going through a divorce. Are you being greedy? Are you being reasonable? Do you know the well settled law in Arizona or are you fighting against all odds?…

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