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Joint Legal Decision-Making Co-Exists with One Parent’s Final Say on Child’s Medical Care

Child Custody

Hybrid child custody orders where parents are awarded joint legal decision-making with one parent granted final say in the event they cannot agree after consultation and good faith effort is common practice in Arizona. Awarding final say to one parent does not convert joint authority into sole legal decision-making as to child’s medical, mental health, […]

Registration of Foreign Custody Order Not Required Before Arizona Modification

Child Custody, Child Support

Arizona court had jurisdiction to modify Illinois child custody order on Nebraska father’s petition. Statute governing registration of foreign child support orders does not control registration of foreign child custody orders. With petition to modify out-of-state child support order, Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) requires prior registration. But Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement […]

Hospital Emergency Hotline for Ex Parte Treatment Orders Over Parents’ Religious Objection

Child Custody

Hospital employees used emergency hotline with Superior Court to obtain medical treatment orders after minor patient and parents refused blood transfusions on religious grounds. With two exceptions, Arizona subject matter jurisdiction attaches upon filed petition or complaint. In this special action, the Court of Appeals held that because Banner hospital failed to initiate legal action […]

Family Court Authority to Modify Orders of Protection in Arizona Divorce and Child Custody

Arizona Divorce, Child Custody, Domestic Violence

Arizona Court of Appeals held the family court has statutory authority to modify an order of protection when terms may conflict with the court’s parenting orders in divorce or child custody proceedings. But only to the degree the family court is satisfied the modified order of protection and party’s request for parenting time will not […]

Dividing Virtual Assets in Divorce

Arizona Divorce, Faqs

In Arizona, marital property is subject to equal division between the spouses in a divorce. The task of determining the nature and character of certain assets as either separate property or community property can sometimes be difficult, particularly when transmutation has occurred. Recently, a unique new form of intangible property has made a quiet entry […]

How To Plan For Your Arizona Divorce

Arizona Divorce

Knowing how to prepare for a divorce can be difficult. Only you can decide for certain whether the marriage is over. But if you believe it is, then start planning for Arizona divorce proceedings. Preparing a plan for your divorce does not make you cold-hearted or vindictive. On the contrary, divorce planning is necessary and […]

Post-Divorce Agreement Cut Spousal Maintenance in Arizona Arrears Enforcement Case

Spousal Maintenance

Superior Court must consider parties’ post-divorce agreement to cut spousal maintenance and husband’s equitable defenses to nonpayment. After terms of agreement were satisfied, the wife petitioned to enforce maintenance awarded in the consent decree, seeking arrearages with interest. Spousal support was made non-modifiable by consent decree. Husband had complied with and relied upon the post-decree […]

Implementing Reverse Mortgages in Mature Divorce

Arizona Divorce, Property Division

When a mature couple files for divorce their Arizona marital home is often mortgage-free, a valuable asset that must be divided. Along with deciding which spouse shall remain in the home (assuming the property is not sold as part of the divorce and the proceeds divided), an important consideration is the availability of a reverse […]

Coping with Stress in Your Divorce

Arizona Divorce

Managing Stress in Your Divorce or Family Law Case Among the most stressful life experiences, divorce and family law cases can be profoundly emotional. They represent a turbulent period for both spouses and can affect the children for years to come. The divorce, legal separation, or child custody dispute may challenge your resolve initially. But […]

Grandparents Get Emergency Temporary Sole Legal Decision-Making and Parenting Time of Arizona Widow’s Five Children

Child Custody

In this special action, the trial court entered temporary child custody orders granting grandparents sole legal decision-making and parenting time of the mother’s five minor children following ex-parte petition and hearing. Mother’s fitness as a parent was challenged and the trial court did not err in granting temporary third-party custody to the grandparents. Gia Chapman […]

Arizona Family Law Legislation Update

Child Support, Spousal Maintenance, Statutes

We have three changes in Arizona family law to report. Two bills were recently signed into law and the Arizona Child Support Guidelines have been revised. Take a look at what’s new half-way into 2018. New Spousal Maintenance Eligibility Threshold Arizona’s spousal maintenance factors are set forth in ARS § 25-319. For about two decades, […]

Challenge to Obligor-Parent’s Statement of Arrears Not Time-Barred in Out-of-State Child Support Registration

Child Support

Child support obligee can contest obligor’s statement of zero child support arrears owed under Arizona Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (AUIFSA) despite failure to file her hearing request within 20 days after receiving notice of obligor’s registration in Arizona of an out-of-state child support order. Tiffany G. Taylor v. Thomas Pandola The Arizona Supreme Court […]

Parental Rights Terminated for Failure to File Notice of Paternity Claim with Putative Fathers Registry

Child Custody

Biological father filed paternity establishment petition in California where both parents resided. His parental rights were terminated on statutory ground he failed to file notice of claim of paternity with Arizona putative fathers registry. Mother’s fraud and adoption agency misrepresentations were punished by award of sanctions. No due process violation with service by publication because […]

Arizona Mother Fraudulently Acknowledged Husband’s Paternity in Divorce Petition

Child Custody

Mother fraudulently acknowledged husband’s paternity in her Arizona petition for divorce. The husband was awarded joint custody, yet did not adopt the child and was not added to the birth certificate. Two years after divorcing, the former spouses were parties in Mr. Chao’ action to establish paternity. The Superior Court set aside that portion of […]

Joining Ex-Husband’s Current Wife in Divorce Property Settlement Enforcement Lawsuit

Arizona Divorce

In this lawsuit to enforce divorce property settlements, the trial court erred in denying petitioner’s third party motion to join ex-husband’s current wife; former husband’s contribution to community assets was an issue properly before the family court; findings of debtor’s contribution to community property should have been made with the current wife given opportunity to […]

Home State Custody Jurisdiction When Child Relocated to Arizona

Child Custody

Modification of other state court’s child custody order for parenting time and legal decision-making was proper where Arizona court first asserted temporary emergency jurisdiction under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). After New York and Florida declined jurisdiction, Arizona asserted home state jurisdiction over a child who resided in Arizona with the father […]

Equitable Defense of Waiver Allowed Husband Credit for Spousal Maintenance Payments Made Directly to Wife

Spousal Maintenance

Trial court properly credited husband with spousal maintenance payments made directly to the wife and not to the Arizona Support Payment Clearinghouse; equitable defense of waiver meant husband’s direct payments were permitted by law after court hearing. Gus Schultz v. Taryn Schultz Trial Court Rejected Wife’s Hyper-Technical Argument for Payment Arrears According to the spouses’ […]

Paternal Grandparents Petition for Visitation Granted Over Divorced Arizona Mother’s Objections

Child Custody

Paternal grandparents’ visitation rights following Arizona divorce involved best interests of two grandchildren and mother’s refusal of access. Having properly accorded special weight to mother’s objection to grandparent visitation, having made findings on best interest of the child factors, the trial court found grandparents rebutted the fit-parent presumption and ordered visitation. Affirmed on appeal. Lisa […]

Why Arizona Marital Presumption of Paternity Law Only Applies to Men

Child Custody

Arizona marital presumption of paternity statute is gender-specific, applies only to men, and cannot be rewritten by the court to apply to women; there is no legal presumption favoring a female spouse who is neither biologically connected nor the adoptive parent in women’s same-sex marriage. Turner v. Hon. R.K. Steiner/Oakley Temporary Child Custody Orders Are […]

Parenting Plan in Child Custody Modification with Addiction Recovery for Mom

Child Custody

Parenting plan agreement with parenting time and legal decision-making terms adopted by court. Mother ordered into addiction recovery in post-decree child custody modification; with discovery sanctions and attorneys fees awarded to Father. Lee Krieger v. Jennifer Duick Modified California Child Custody Orders in Arizona Under the stipulated terms of the parties’ California divorce in 2007, […]

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