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

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…

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Arizona Mother Fraudulently Acknowledged Husband’s Paternity in Divorce Petition

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…

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

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…

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Home State Custody Jurisdiction When Child Relocated to Arizona

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…

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

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…

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

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….

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Why Arizona Marital Presumption of Paternity Law Only Applies to Men

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…

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Parenting Plan in Child Custody Modification with Addiction Recovery for Mom

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…

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ASRS Lacked Authority to Limit Former Spouse’s QDRO Preserved Survivor Benefit

Former wife’s rights to survivor benefits of retired former husband were preserved by a valid QDRO and Arizona State Retirement System had no statutory authority to limit her rights as a contingent annuitant. Sharon DiGiacinto v. Arizona State Retirement System Arizona Divorce Decree with Domestic Relations Order The spouses were married in 1983. In…

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Combined Child Support Worksheets Inflated Father’s Obligation

In this post-divorce child support modification case involving an unusual parenting arrangement, combining two separate child support worksheets for three children was not contemplated by the Arizona Child Support Guidelines and resulted in an inflated obligation to the Father. Justin T. Mitton and Candice H. Mitton Father Petitioned for Child Support Modification The parents…

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