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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Understanding Custody Terms

The most difficult part of navigating a divorce with dependent children is working out the custody arrangement. Care for the your child or children must continue after the divorce, and you and your ex must work together to develop a parenting plan. A parenting plan determines where the child will live and how much time they […]

Will COVID-19 Disrupt Your Divorce Proceedings?

The US Justice system is protected against a lot of things, but it is not inoculated against the spread of viruses. As the number of people confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 rises, it is causing ripples throughout the US justice system. Many state and federal courts have closed, and trials and other legal proceedings are […]

Keeping Children Safe in Uncertain Times

As a parent, there is always something to fret over when you read the headlines. Wars, famines, falling education rankings, etc., are daily reminders of the challenges that can affect our children’s lives. With the spread of COVID-19, parents have one more thing to think about as they strive to find ways to keep their […]

Arizona Receives Recognition for Child Custody Policies

It is well known that children do better in school, have better health, and develop stronger social skills when both parents are involved in their life. For the better part of the past decade, Arizona courts have worked hard to ensure that both parents have the opportunity to remain actively involved in their children’s lives […]