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PHOENIX FAMILY LAW BLOG

WHAT DOES THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT HAVE TO DO WITH CHILD SUPPORT?

Back in the early 1970s, Congress began to realize the importance of non-custodial parents to their children. In particular, lawmakers realized that parents whom were legally obligated to support their children were also often more involved in their children’s overall development — especially with regards to their children’s scholastic and extracurricular activities. Government officials also […]

RECENT JUDICIAL OPINION IMPORTANT FOR SOME COHABITATING COUPLES

On March 9, the Arizona State Judiciary Ethics Advisory Committee issued a revised version of an earlier opinion that may now improve the lives of many cohabitating couples. The advisory committee issued its opinion that judges who reject same-sex couples for wedding ceremonies may be violating state ethics rules. In particular, the opinion says that […]

RELOCATION OF MINOR CHILDREN: WHAT TO EXPECT

Relocation of the minor children are some of the most challenging and emotional cases filed within the family courts. This is especially true if you are the parent seeking permission form the court to move. The judge is tasked with burden of weighing competing interests: One parent whose life will be improved by the move vs. […]

USING THE COURTS IN SITUATIONS INVOLVING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Living with a verbally abusive or physically violent spouse can be difficult under any conditions. Those situations can become even more unbearable when children are involved. Some parents feel that their only option may be to take their kids and flee in order to ensure their safety. After all, Phoenix area residents have only to […]

HOW NARCISSISM CAN LEAD TO DIVORCE

Divorce can happen for many reasons in Arizona, but people often focus on only the main ones: money and infidelity. However, things you may never expect can also drive a marriage to the breaking point. For example, simple narcissism can often lead to a divorce. The problem is in the way that the narcissistic spouse […]

HOW CAN PARENTAL ALIENATION SYNDROME AFFECT MY CHILD VISITATION?

Arizona courts have long recognized the importance of both parents to a child’s healthy development. In fact, courts sometimes go to great lengths to ensure that both parents have sufficient access to their children after divorce. Unless there are instances of violence, abuse or neglect, Arizona family courts are likely to allow both parents to be […]

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