Settlement: why this work is so important in divorce

Some states require that the parties attempt to settle their divorce case through mediation prior to bringing the action to court. Unfortunately, Arizona does not require working toward settlement before coming to court, and often, there are thousands of cases filed...

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Why an attorney should draft your parenting plan

A parenting plan can be one of the most important documents you will have. This plan outlines every specific requirement and rule that you and your child’s other parent must follow. Without a plan in place, there is little one can do to enforce parenting time or have...

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Q&A: Planning Your Estate During Divorce

I am planning on filing for a divorce. Is there anything concerning my estate that I should change prior to filing? Yes. When you're planning your estate during divorce there are certain items that, despite changing your will or trust, the beneficiary will remain the...

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Quick Guide to Guardianship Types in Arizona

What Is Guardianship? A guardianship gives a person other than the legal parent the ability to care for a child, including, but not limited to, taking possession of the child, enrolling the child in school, making medical decisions for the child, and acting as a...

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Planning for College in Your Divorce

In Arizona, child support presumptively ends when a child is 18 and graduates high school. However, many parents understand that children are typically not ready to support themselves at 18 and many parents continue to support their children through college. If this...

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Transgenderedism is the OPPOSITE of gender equality

Transgenderedism is the OPPOSITE of gender equality I recently read a Facebook post of a friend about gender equality who stated she had several friends with transgendered children and wanted to know if she should introduce them to one another. The post gave me pause...

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How Do Long Distance Parenting Plans Work?

Parents have to move from state to state for a number of reasons. The reasons could vary anywhere from work requirements, health reasons, or a remarriage. When children are involved, the ability to relocate can become complicated and stressful for both the parents and...

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Can I change my child’s last name?

When the relationship between parents has broken down, married or unmarried, who chooses the child’s name? And can a child's last name be changed afterward? More than 40% of children are born to unmarried parents in the United States. Sometimes the parents are in a...

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Proceed With Caution: A Teenage Parent

Everyone knows a teenage parent. This is usually someone who accidently had a little fun during his or her teenage years and ended up with a beautiful bouncing baby. However, that teenager was likely feeling like his or her life had ended. Imagine being 16 years old...

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How to Transfer a Guardianship to Arizona

Guardianships are more common than you think. Many times people have to get a guardianship of a minor whose parents cannot take care of him or her. Guardianships are also common in situations where a parent has an adult child with a disability and the child cannot...

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