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“The Pregnant Man” Thomas Beatie to be on Anderson Cooper Live

  The honorable Judge Douglas Gerlach agreed in his May review of the case and has schduled a decision for September of this year. However in June Judge Gerlach issued a Nunc Pro Tunc Order questioning if the Court even has jurisdiction over this Divorce. The issue for the judge was whether this Hawaii marriage is valid under Arizona law,…read more →

When Law and Science collide in a Divorce

First comes science, then comes law. At present, residents of Arizona who wish to legally change their gender can do so by applying for an amended birth certificate. They accomplish this by having a doctor affirm that the applicant has undergone a legal “sex change operation,” among other requirements. But like the choices we make today, consequences can often arise…read more →

Arizona Child Protective Services finds major Computer Glitch

The chilling discovery by Child Protective Services (“CPS”) that a “computer glitch” resulted in the non-disclosure of thousands of documents, some of which could have been used to reunify children with their families is unfathomable. The primary objective of Child Protective Services is to “keep children safe within their own families.” (see https://www.azdes.gov/main.aspx?menu=154&id=2070) It appears that this mantra was violated…read more →

What about Pets in a Divorce?

Equitably dividing property is normally a difficult task during a dissolution of marriage; however, emotions are always heightened when a family pet becomes a contested property issue.  While the bond between a pet and their owner is undeniable, a judge will typically allocate family pets in the same manner they would a car or a dining room table.  This callus…read more →

How to handle Prescription Drug Abuse and Divorce

Substance and drug abuse issues are especially impactful in your divorce, as it is one of the determining factors the Court takes into consideration in awarding Child Custody and Parenting Time. A parent who suspects substance and drug abuse by the other parent historically has relied upon the Court to initiate substance abuse testing through Court approved programs. However, what…read more →

Keeping Lines of Communication Open During Child Custody Transition

Fall is an exciting time for parents. When children head back to school, or start attending for the first time, it can bring major changes to those summertime schedules some parents get used to. It can also mean big changes in the amount of parenting time a non-custodial parent has with their children. Perhaps you have been with your children…read more →

Same Sex Divorce in Maryland sets Precedent

In Arizona same-sex marriage is prohibited by both statute and the state constitution. Aside from the political and religious rhetoric surrounding the issue, if a gay couple gets married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage, can they get divorced in states that don’t? Gay couples are asking that very question as it is uncharted territory, at the moment. Recently…read more →

A Guide to the Child Support Calculator in Arizona 2012

The child support calculator is based off the Arizona Child Support Guidelines. The goal of the Arizona Child Support Guidelines is to determine the duty a person has to provide all reasonable support for that person’s natural and adopted minor, unemancipated children. The child support calculator that is referred to in this article can be found at: www.azcourts.gov/familylaw/2011_Calc.aspx Using the…read more →

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