Child Visitation When Mom & Dad Are Unmarried

Roughly 50% of all births in Arizona occur in unmarried couples. This creates unique challenges when the couple goes their separate ways. However, in the eyes of the law, both parents retain the same custody rights as married couples. Establishing Paternity When a couple is unmarried, and there is not a court order that establishes […]

How to Prepare for a Contentious Custody Agreement

Divorces can turn ugly without warning. What may start as an amicable separation can end in an all-out war as spouses battle over everything from wedding rings to furniture. It is unfortunate, but this acrimony can spill into the process of reaching a child custody agreement. When the winds start to rise, and the storm […]

Protecting Your Pension in a Divorce

Divorce creates significant ripples in your finances. These include the loss of a second income, the need to maintain a separate home, coupled with alimony and child support payments. It also involves the division of marital assets, including retirement accounts and pension plans. A family attorney in Arizona can help you protect these assets as […]

Can You Modify Spousal Support in Arizona?

It may be possible to modify your spousal support obligations. While you can’t modify a non-modifiable agreement, it is possible to adjust a modifiable agreement. You can request a modification if there is a significant change in circumstances. For instance, if your ex-spouse remarries, if you suffer a severe financial setback, or if there are […]

How Do I Prepare for a Custody Evaluation?

It is not uncommon for the custody of children to be the most contentious issue of a divorce. When parents can’t come together to create a custody agreement and parenting plan, the judge will order a custody evaluation. The judge will then consider the information within the evaluation to assign primary custody. The process is […]

What Are the Rules of Long-Distance Parenting in Arizona?

Long-distance parenting is becoming increasingly common, and it is essential to understand how this will affect your parenting time in Arizona. Long-distance parenting rules apply when children move more than 100 miles away from the other parent. The rules also apply when the distance is less but includes travel across state lines. Whenever possible, you […]

How to Have a Happy Holiday With Shared Custody

Your time is the greatest gift your children will ever receive over the holidays. To ensure a festive celebration this year, the following are some things to remember about holidays and shared custody. Dividing the Time Unless domestic violence is involved, Arizona courts prefer to share holiday time between mom and dad. However, it’s up to you […]

What You Should Know About Shared Custody in Arizona

Arizona courts want to keep both parents involved in the child’s life after the divorce. Arizona courts have a demonstrated preference for joint/co- parenting arrangements. In fact, by law they are required to do everything possible to ensure that children can remain in contact with both parents. Except in extreme cases, this means that both parents […]

How to Pursue Termination of Parental Rights in Arizona

There are times when it is appropriate to pursue termination of parental rights in Arizona. Termination of parental rights can be voluntary or involuntary. When a parent decides this is the best decision for the child’s well-being, there are a number of steps that need to occur. This is a permanent decision, and it is vital to understand the reasons […]

What You Need to Know About Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation can help smooth over the bumps and help you move forward from your marriage. The objective of mediation is to minimize stress and help both partners find common ground. When both partners are able to compromise on critical issues, then everyone walks away a winner. Toward that goal, the following are important details to know about […]