How Divorce Impacts Kids at Every Age

Announcing a divorce to your child is no easy feat. How they respond and the proper methods of breaking the news vary by age and life circumstance. Here we’ll take a look at how divorce impacts children at critical age groups and how to talk them about divorce in an effective way. Under Five At […]

What Is an “Unfit” Parent in Arizona?

What is an unfit parent in Arizona? When the court determines the mother or father is unfit to parent the child, due to any number of reasons, are these sufficient reasons grandparents can file for custody of a grandchild? While grandma and grandpa may not like behaviors or lifestyles, Arizona courts require more than general […]

The Responsibilities of Primary Custody

If the court has awarded you primary custody of your child or children, you have important obligations. Custody cases are emotionally trying and not all go smoothly. With primary custody, you have full physical responsibility for your child and make legal decisions with your ex-spouse. You may otherwise have full legal and physical custody of your child, […]

Non-Biological Parental Rights

Parental rights are the inherent rights of parents to raise their children and make important decisions about their upbringing and they assume those parental rights for any child born to them. But there are increasingly diverse parent child situations that exist in modern families today: children born to unmarried parents, adopted children, surrogate mothers, anonymous sperm […]

Understanding Non-Parent Visitation Rights

Families come in all types and sizes. When yours is complex and a parent or guardian is in custody of a child you have a relationship with, it can be emotionally difficult. In some cases, you won’t have a say over when you get to visit the child. However, there are some specific things you can […]

Reasons You Could Lose Custody of Your Child

Determining child custody during a divorce is a complex emotional issue. Ideally, the child should benefit from parental involvement and care from both parents which can be navigated through co-parenting, parenting plans, and joint custody arrangements. Even if the custody arrangement doesn’t split the time 50/50, a child should be able to maintain a relationship with […]

5 Questions To Ask a Family Law Attorney

When you’re looking for a family law attorney, it’s important to know what questions to ask them before you retain their services. Since hiring an attorney and fighting for custody is no simple matter, it’s important for you to be informed and ensure a good professional match in order to ensure the best possible outcome. Here are […]

Understanding the Difference Between Sole Legal Custody and Sole Physical Custody

During divorce proceedings, many parents report that they would prefer to get sole legal decision making (custody) of their child or children. But what does this mean? What are the ramifications and likelihood of achieving this outcome? Defining “Sole Legal Decision Making/Custody” and “Sole Physical Custody” First of all, it’s important to understand that there […]

Establishing Paternity

Arizona law protects a father’s right to create an emotional bond and connection with their child and there’s no doubt of importance of a father’s presence in their child’s life. But unwed fathers of children have no claim on their child legally. To pursue any legal action regarding the child, the father must establish legal paternity. […]

What Are Your Options for Collecting Child Support?

Child support can be one of the most contentious ongoing points of a divorce, especially when one party isn’t meeting their obligations for support. According to federal census data, failure to pay child support is severely problematic around the country. In fact, in 2013, only 45% of custodial parents obtained the child support they were […]