Legal Decision Making over Children | Child Custody Attorney

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After Divorce Who Really Has Legal Decision Making Authority Now? During a divorce or custody dispute, the judge must determine who is going to make the major decisions for the children. Arizona Revised Statute #25-401(3) defines legal decision making as the right and responsibility to make all non-emergency decisions for a child, including those regarding education, health care, religious training … Read More

Legal Decision Making | Is AZ a Pro Mother State | Child Custody Mesa AZ

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Is Arizona Still Considered a “Pro-Mother” State for Legal Decision Making? Many clients have come to me asking the question, “Isn’t Arizona a pro-mother state?” Historically, Arizona was considered a pro-mother state; however, times have changed. More often, we see family law judges beginning the legal decision making and parenting time analysis at substantially equal parenting time and legal decision … Read More

Welcome Aboard ~ Nicole Bernabé | Divorce Attorney

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We are proud to introduce Nicole Bernabé as the newest divorce attorney to join our firm. Nicole joined the firm in April and is busy building her Family Law practice. Her previous work history has made her a highly experienced Arizona divorce and family law attorney. Nicole has the ability to listen to her clients to determine the best strategy … Read More

Parenting Coordinator Rule Change | Divorce & Family Law Attorney

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Divorced parents often remain in conflict, even for years after the divorce is finalized. Sometimes this animosity fuels years of “post-decree” battling over custodial issues. In many high conflict cases, a judge would appoint a third-party, called a parenting coordinator, to resolve ongoing disputes and provide guidance to the court. Judges relied heavily on these parenting coordinators, as they have … Read More

Domestic Violence – Child Custody (Legal Decision-Making)

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As an attorney practicing both criminal defense and family law, I often handle cases in which one parent accuses the other of domestic violence. If my client has been accused, the question is always the same: can I lose custody of my children because of such accusations? Arizona law no longer refers to “child custody.” Instead, parents have rights to: … Read More

Arizona Files Thousands of Improper Child Support Liens

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The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) admitted recently that it filed inaccurate child support liens in at least 8,241 cases. The Department is tasked with helping enforce child support orders and tracking the payments, which, in some cases result in liens against property when payments are not made. The department improperly filed liens and failed to release liens after … Read More

Divorce and Custody Turns Absurd

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Children Ordered to Talk to Their Father or Be Found in Contempt. In any divorce where custody of the children is contested, absent an agreement between the father and mother, the decision is left to the ineffective, expensive and arbitrary court system. Judicial officers (judges and commissioners) are to consider the “best interest” of the children in deciding custody and … Read More

What is Custodial Interference?

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Custodial interference is a felony. A person commits custodial interference if they keep the child from the parent who should have time with the child. Although the statutes in Arizona take custodial interference seriously, law enforcement is often reluctant to get involved. Police officers frequently refer to family cases as a “civil matter” and refuse to enforce parenting plans. Even … Read More

Divorcing Parents – Avoid Alcohol Abuse, Illegal Drugs, or Excessive Prescription Drug Use #DivorceAttorney

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If you as a parent have filed for divorce or are seeking sole or equal decision making of your minor children, the court must decide what is in the child’s best interests, if you and your spouse cannot agree. If your spouse alleges you abuse alcohol or drugs, most likely the court will require you to be drug tested. Usually … Read More

Careful the Things You Say, Children Will Listen #ParentingTimeAttorney

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Parenting Coordinator

My wife recently gave birth to our first child.  Words cannot describe what it was like to first see him, hold him and care for him.  Do you remember seeing your first child for the first time?  Did you think about how much you wanted to protect that defenseless baby?  How much you wanted to do things right? I have … Read More