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Women Should Start Financial Preparation for Divorce before Their Marriage

Put Money Away!While many people contemplating marriage do not want to consider the prospect their marriage may not last, the high divorce rate makes it important to engage in economic planning to ensure financial security in the event of a divorce.  This planning should begin before a person even ties the knot, but the process of preparing for divorce is an ongoing endeavor with steps that need to continue both during marriage and during the divorce process.

Although women have made enormous strides in terms of occupational advancement and income equality during the last twenty years, the average lifetime earning capacity for women still lags behind men.  A recent census report found that the average median income for women who work full time was approximately $36,000 whereas the average for men is over $47,000.  This means that women must be especially cautious about protecting their financial future from the potential impact of divorce.

The disparity between the average median income of men and women tends to be magnified by the impact of a divorce.  Researchers at George Mason University conducted a study to analyze how divorce financially affected the standard of living of husbands and wives following a marital dissolution.  The study concluded that on average women suffer a 73 percent decline in their standard of living following divorce while termination of a marriage enhances the standard of living for men by 43 percent.  Given this astounding difference in the impact of divorce based on gender, financial planning for the possibility of divorce is critical for women no matter how unromantic the prospect.  Given these financial realities, we have suggested some suggestions that women can use to safeguard their financial security in the event of divorce:

  • Consider a Prenuptial Agreement: The popular depiction of prenuptial agreements by the media and Hollywood focus on these marital agreements as documents designed by men with a high net worth or substantial earning capacity to ensure they get the best of their spouse in a divorce.  This distorted view of a prenuptial agreement ignores the fact that with the exception of attempts to limit a court’s power to determine a child support award, the parties are free to agree to engage in financial arrangements that provide for protection, predictability and security for both parties.  A prenuptial agreement can even be modified during the marriage to reflect the changing economic circumstances of the parties.  Any agreement regarding property division or alimony should be reduced to a writing prepared by an experienced Divorce Lawyer rather than just an oral agreement.
  • Understand the Family Finances: In many households where the husband is the primary wage earner, he also controls and manages the finances for the couple.  While this is not necessarily a problem, you want to make sure that you are at least a co-pilot for the family’s financial journey rather than a passenger.  If you do not have at least a rough idea about the value of your marital estate and the composition of the assets that make up that estate, it can make it easier for your spouse to hide or divert assets.  Although both spouses have a financial disclosure requirement toward the other, many spouses try to hide income or assets to gain an advantage in the financial settlement.  It is also a good idea to establish independent bank accounts and credit cards as well as squirreling away a little money for a rainy day.
  • Gather Relevant Financial Documents: Although both parties will be required to provide disclosure regarding assets and debts as well as financial income affidavits, your ability to gather copies of financial records like W-2s, tax returns, profit and loss statements, insurance policies, statements for retirement accounts, mortgage statements, credit card bills, bank records and similar documents will facilitate a divorce attorney or forensic accountant’s ability to flag questionable transactions or track hidden assets or income streams.

While this is certainly not a comprehensive list of ways to financially prepare for divorce, an experienced Divorce Attorney can advise you regarding strategies tailored to your unique circumstances.  While no one enters into marriage with the expectation that they will one day face the prospect of divorce, people also do not purchase car insurance because they expect to be in a car accident.  Sometime life just happens.

The guest writer is Howard Iken, a SuperLawyer rated attorney in Florida. Mr. Iken helps clients with divorce and custody matters in Florida.

Thanks to Ken Teegardin for the photo.

How to Prepare for a Heated Custody Battle

There is no subject that raises the heat level as much as a contested child custody case. Parents have a uniquely strong bond with their children. Most of those parents go into “extreme battle mode” when faced with a court battle that may end up drastically restricting their contact with their kids.  A custody case can be stressful, mean, expensive, and drawn out. If that did not sound bad enough, the average custody case is fantastically expensive and can drain the financial resources of the average parent. There are ways you can prepare for your custody case that will minimize the damage and increase your chances of success. Follow these simple guidelines to best prepare for any heated custody battle:

1. Stop drinking, stop smoking pot, and cease the use of any drugs. That may seem like a no brainer but many people will not follow this simple bit of common sense.  Illegal or semi-legal drugs do not mix with a custody case. Your use of those substances reflects on your ability to parent. And the use of drugs is certainly detectable. Many a custody case has turned on a simple urine or hair test that screens for drugs.  An accusation that you use drugs may strike a chord with a judge that carries a personal dislike for drug use. So if your custody battle is important to you, stop all drug use right this moment.

2. If you were using drugs and have successfully stopped, at least 90 days before the custody case heats up, be sure to get your own hair-screening test. It should be “clean” and will provide an invaluable piece of proof should the inevitable accusation of drug usage come up in your custody case.

3. Unless you normally sound like the finest, nicest person in the universe, stop emailing, texting, or sending written messages to the other parent. The basic problem is that most people end up hanging themselves with poorly thought out written communications. Any type of text, email, or letter can be admitted into evidence in court.  So if you cannot control every word out of your head make sure you never do anything in writing.

4. Ramp up your involvement with the kids. Be sure to attend soccer games, volleyball games, children’s events, and parent-teacher conferences. Get to know their pediatricians by name and make it a point of attending every visit.  Before your custody case begins you should make it apparent that you are part of every fiber of the children’s lives.

5. Stop going out at night. A life of seeing friends and going to bars sounds like a lot of fun. But the life of a good parent is much more boring. Good parents stay home with their kids. And good parents end up doing better in a heated custody battle.

6. If you work extremely early, or late hours, consider a change in your job. Same principle if you work a lot of weekends. The best schedule allows you to drop off the kids at school and also allows you to pick them up at the end of each day.

7. Get rid of your Facebook account. Many a heated custody case has been completely sunk by Facebook postings. Get rid of your account right now. There is no benefit to a Facebook account when it comes to custody cases and the potential harm is great.

8. Don’t move out without the children in tow. If you move out without the children you have just completely destroyed your custody case.

You should live every day like your children are the most important part of your life. Design your day around the children and then plan each weekend for their benefit. Don’t say anything in writing and don’t do anything you would be ashamed for your pastor to see in church.  And be careful about everything you do. Because anything negative in your life may be documented, massaged, and highlighted for later presentation in court. Follow those simple steps and you will be on your way to a successful day in court in any heated custody battle.


The writer, Florida Attorney Howard Iken is a Clearwater Florida divorce attorney.  Mr. Iken also helps divorce clients in Orlando Florida with their family law, alimony, and modification cases.

Emergency Child Custody Orders and Cross Border Disputes Between Parents

This is an article contributed by Farzad Family Law of California.

Jurisdictional disputes between California and Arizona parents in child custody cases are not uncommon. Not only are the two states in proximity to each other but we have seen quite a bit of travel and change of residences between the two states. At Farzad Family Law our lawyers have also seen cases where a parent with a California child custody order seeks to modify it in Arizona and vice versa.

In this article, we are going to write about California law. We are, after all, California family law attorneys. Any questions about Arizona law can be directed to Cantor Law Group.

Here is a common hypothetical and the subject of this article.

An Arizona mom and dad have Arizona child custody orders. California family court has never been involved. One of the parents is now in California but the children have not been here long enough nor there is not another legal basis for the California court to exercise the more traditional jurisdiction (which is the court’s “power”) to make custody orders. The parent that is herein California believes the children are in serious danger and needs emergency orders in California. What can that parent do?

Before we begin, please understand that no article is going to give you the answer to every scenario and nothing in this article is intended to nor should it be construed as legal advice. What we have done here is to give the general parameters of what the California family court may take into consideration when it is faced with an emergency request by a parent with out of state orders.

What is Emergency Child Custody Jurisdiction in California?

California’s jurisdiction comes in different forms. One of them is what we call “temporary emergency jurisdiction.” “Temporary” means exactly that – the court will not make permanent orders on an emergency basis. “Emergency” means the court will look at the issue much faster than the normal court calendar would allow. Emergency orders can be same day or within 24 hours.

For the court to make temporary emergency custody orders in California, the following needs to happen:

  1. The child or children must be in this state, AND
  2. EITHER the child or children have been “’abandoned”, which means they have been left without the basic necessities, reasonable care or supervision, OR the California court needs to make emergency orders to protect the child or children or even the parent from mistreatment or abuse or threat of mistreatment or abuse.

What is mistreatment or abuse? It’s not specifically defined or narrowed in California child custody cases. That means the definition is broad. It includes but is not limited to domestic violence, situations that involve a parent’s failure to attend to the children’s serious medical needs, physical harm to the children or a serious threat of it, or other situations that expose the children to danger, such as evidence of drug or alcohol abuse.

The Court doesn’t make such rulings lightly. There needs to be evidence of the abuse or mistreatment or threat of either.

How Long Do the Emergency Custody Orders Last?

How long the emergency order lasts depends on different factors. In our hypothetical, the California court would have to immediately communicate with the Arizona court. If you think that means the California judge picks up the phone and calls the Arizona judge, you are not too far off. That happens. Regardless of how the communication occurs, it cannot be unreasonably delayed. Once Arizona takes over the matter and the emergency, California’s orders can terminate and the parents litigate their custody issue in Arizona.

What happens if nothing is commenced in Arizona? Or the Arizona court doesn’t keep the case? Are there other ways California can just keep the case? These questions are beyond the scope of this article and require the expertise of  experienced family law attorneys.

About the Author: B. Robert Farzad is the president of Farzad Family Law, APC, located at 1851 East 1st Street, Suite 1150, Santa Ana, CA 92705. He is a California licensed attorney and his law practice is limited exclusively to California family law matters. He can be reached at (714) 937-1193.

Marital Property and Divorce: Your Questions Answered

This is a Guest Post from Perry Warren of Maselli Warren, PC.

One of the most common questions our lawyers get from clients going through their divorce is, “how much do I stand to lose?” Basically, the concern relates to marital property and how much the court may (or may not) require them to carve up with their soon-to-be ex spouse. For those with high value real property assets, including a business, the division of their property could result in dissolution of companies and significant financial difficulty. That’s why it’s important to understand what is at stake before making the first move.

States with Marital Property Laws

Around the country, states that consider assets acquired over the course of a marriage as ‘community property’ usually require those items be divided as equitably as possible when the couple splits for good. These states, including Arizona, don’t just consider marital assets to be homes or automobiles, but also pension funds, income, jewelry, bank accounts, and home furniture.  Yes, the court can legally split your retirement fund in half.

If your spouse wants to be vindictive by trying to ruin your business in the divorce, don’t worry – your legal team may be able to force the liquidation of all that expensive jewelry you bought for her. And vice versa. The point is remaining as friendly as possible through the process allows both people to emerge with their finances in as good a shape as is possible.

Separate Property from the Marriage

Not all property obtained during the marriage is community property during a marriage’s dissolution. Items, including money, that you receive as gifts during your marriage aren’t divisible in divorce. The court will require you show proof that the property or item in question is a gift. In addition, any property you owned prior to your marriage is exempt from the proceedings, providing that you can also show the court proof that you owned it before tying the knot.

By Equitable We Don’t Mean Equal

When our lawyers say ‘equitable’ in dividing marital property, we don’t necessarily mean equal. The court may decide that your spouse has a 70 percent stake in your marital home because they paid that portion of the mortgage. It’s only fair that they take away what they put in, though another judge might see the situation differently. One way to remove the wild card approach to asset dividing is to draw up – in cooperation with your legal teams – a settlement agreement. This document is a prearranged divvying up of property that both you and your ex spouse agrees upon before proceeding to court. Judges like these contracts because they streamline the process, which also makes finalizing your divorce much easier than if you both go into the proceedings with hot heads and cold hearts.

Divorce is never without emotion, but it doesn’t need to drag on and hinder your emotional and financial recovery. Hiring skilled divorced lawyers with a track record of success can turn a grief stricken moment into a positive, allowing you and those you love to close this chapter of your life and start fresh.


is a NJ bankruptcy attorney based out of Princeton. Perry is certified as a civil trial attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey and has tried and litigated substantial cases throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.

If you have a question about Divorce in Arizona, please call us at (602) 254-8880 or email us to schedule a free consultation with a family lawyer.

Social Media Influence in Divorce Cases

Divorce on Social MediaYears ago, married people who wanted to get in touch with old flames or badmouth his or her current spouse would hide their actions, knowing that this type of behavior would anger his or her spouse and might be used against them in a divorce case.

Cheating spouses would hide receipts, letters or phone calls from someone other than his or spouse. Angry spouses would hide their anger in public, only talking privately to friends. Today, social media sites like Facebook, and to a lesser extent MySpace and Twitter, are full of posts from people connecting with past lovers, flirting openly or badmouthing current spouses. Some people have begun to label these splits a Social Media Divorce.

Facebook and other social media websites do not make people look up old flames or find new people to have an affair with but they do make it very easy to do so. A person may write a letter to an old flame, then decide it is a bad idea, and never mail the letter. Now, once a message is sent on social media, it is too late to reconsider.

A person who is angry with his or her spouse can post nasty comments about him or her and hit post before thinking about what they are saying. If the person simply vented to a friend, his or her spouse would never know but now, millions of Facebook users see these comments and the offended person feels obligated to take action.

Social media influences child custody cases as well as divorce cases. A person who posts pictures of him or herself using illegal drugs or drinking can expect those pictures to show up as evidence that he or she should not have custody.

Anyone who engages in an extramarital affair and makes the evidence public via social media should expect this evidence used in his or her divorce case even if they use Facebook’s privacy settings. Family law attorneys are experienced in how to use Facebook evidence, including advising their clients on how to gather evidence that the court will consider.

If you are contemplating divorce, do not provide the perfect digital evidence for your spouse’s divorce attorney. Don’t flirt, brag or badmouth your spouse, even if you change your privacy settings. Spouses can “friend” one of your friends and see everything you have posted. In addition, do not let anyone take a photo of you engaging in any inappropriate behavior. Potentially incriminating photos will show up on image searches if they are tagged, even if you delete them from your profile.

The Cantor Law Group has experience with Social Media Divorce cases and also experience in using private investigators and forensic computer analysts to assist in gathering information in a divorce case. If you would like to speak with a Divorce Attorney for free, call us at (602) 254-8880 to schedule a free consultation. You can also use our secure and confidential email form to contact us too.

People Considering Divorce Have A Few Things To Consider

This is a Guest Post from Sean Smallwood, a Divorce Lawyer in Florida.

When married couples consider starting divorce cases there are many different paths that the case can take depending on the facts involved in the case. Below are a few questions that every person considering divorce must think about and answer.

First, the parties to the divorce must figure out if they can agree to issues such as division of property, whether or not there will be any spousal support, and who will pay attorney’s fees to name only a couple. If both sides are able to agree to all issues in advance then they may be able to proceed on an uncontested basis. This option is usually the most cost effective and causes the least stress on the parties involved.

It is important for people contemplating a divorce to keep in mind that they should be very careful not to allow themselves to be taken advantage of in the case just to be able to say that the case was uncontested. Additionally, many cases that begin as uncontested will become contested as the case proceeds.

Next, if the parties have any minor age children then child custody issues will be a factor in the case. The Parties must decide what type of parenting schedule they can agree on regarding the amount of time each parent will spend with the child. There are many possible issues where disagreements can crop up when kids are involved such as parental responsibility, decision making authority, child exchange locations, transportation, and which parent’s home will be used for school designation to name only a few. Parents must also take into account that the amount of time-sharing they have with the child can directly affect child support payments.

If the parties getting divorced are not able to agree on the issues outlined above then their case will proceed on a contested basis. This means that there are issues in the case that they are not in full agreement on. Most states require all contested divorce cases to go to mediation prior to any trial on the issues. This is done in an effort to try to unclog the already crowded divorce courts.

A majority of divorce cases will settle at or shortly after mediation takes place and those who do not proceed to trial on the left over disputed issues.

This post was provided by Family Lawyer Sean Smallwood ESQ.

What is an AV rated Family Law Firm?

Martindale-Hubbell is the premier website to use when searching for an attorney for your legal issues. It is a comprehensive database of all attorneys in the area, providing information such as areas of practice, as well as firm and attorney bios. While Martindale-Hubbell contains factual information regarding attorneys, it also has a ratings system used by legal peers, such as other attorneys, judiciaries, and members of the bar.

The Peer Review Ratings can give a prospective client a good sense of an attorney’s professional abilities, as well as whether their ethical standards are high. It takes a certain number of reviews to achieve each level of rating and an attorney typically has to be admitted to the bar for around three years before the first survey is conducted.

There are three levels to the ratings system – Rated, BV Distinguished, and AV Preeminent, which is the highest rating possible. When searching for legal counsel, it is definitely wise to find an attorney with an AV rating. The first criteria to achieving the AV rating is to be rated “Very High” on the General Ethical Standards section. David Cantor and the Cantor Law Group is AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

The second criteria for an AV rating is a little more complex and can really provide you with an insight to the attorney that received this prestigious high rating. It is called Legal Ability and is predicated on the attorney’s ability to perform highly in these five categories:

  • Legal Knowledge: The attorney must be very familiar with the laws regarding the area of law they practice.
  • Legal Experience: The attorney must have a high level of experience in the area of law they practice.
  • Judgment: The attorney must show that they are aware of the prominent factors that could affect the outcome of a case.
  • Analytical Capabilities: The attorney must demonstrate creativity with regard to analyzing the legal issues of a case, and applying the appropriate technical knowledge.
  • Communication Ability: The attorney must have good communication skills and be able to be persuasive while remaining credible.

If an attorney or firm has been given an AV rating, it means their peers respect them as lawyers and respect the law firms they work for. Attorneys with this rating are honest, ethical, moral, and give the necessary individual attention to their cases and clients.

A Divorce in Arizona without children or a Divorce with child custody matters can both be stressful and emotional. A family law firm like the Cantor Law Group is very understanding of these issues and we will provide professional and emotional guidance to you and your family throughout this process. If you would like to speak with an attorney with the Cantor Law Group, please give us a call at (602) 254-8880. You can also use our secure, confidential form to send us an email.

Divorce Resources for Women

Regardless of whether the notion of a divorce arises suddenly or has been imminent for years, the event serves as a dramatic ending of an important chapter of a woman’s life. This major transition carries with it numerous obstacles and hardships but, with the aid of the right resources, it is possible to move on and to move forward in a life that is both full and happy after divorce.

Emotional Issues

When the person with whom you have shared some of your most intimate moments and most cherished memories is suddenly removed from your life, an intense emotional reaction is to be expected. Depending on the circumstances, the first feelings may include apprehension, fear, anger, guilt, sadness that leads to depression, denial and disbelief.

It is important to evaluate and recognize these emotions for what they are and to avoid masking them throughout the course of the divorce. Though difficult, admitting to yourself that you are experiencing these intense feelings is the first step to acceptance of the transition itself. Time spent with a counselor or psychologist can help immensely in this endeavor. Reach out to compassionate professionals who are eager to help, such as the experienced women of Women’s Divorce Resource.

While a divorce can certainly be carried out without the help of a divorce lawyer, often times seeking the assistance of an attorney is well worth the cost. During this emotional time an attorney can help take the burden of navigating the often complex legal system and allow you to focus on your own emotional well being during this time of change. All divorce lawyers are not the same, however so it is important to review numerous options before making your decision to hire. Brian Moskowitz, who is a divorced, single parent himself, understands “how important it is to protect, your assets, your dignity, and your children” while still being sensitive to the situation at hand.


Financial Situation

For many women, the financial burden of divorce is nearly as painful as the emotional separation from their spouse. Aside from the actual cost of the divorce itself, they worry about how they are going to support themselves and their children, as well as whether or not their current income source will be sufficient. Financial independence is crucial to long term happiness in life. Fortunately, there are ways to ensure that this independence develops and is sustained, even during and after divorce.

If you’re in debt, as an alarming number of Americans are, addressing money owed to creditors should be a top priority. Improving your credit will enable you to obtain the things in life that you truly need, such as a vehicle and a place to live. Start by considering the lifestyle you lead and the purchases you make. For example, it may have been feasible to buy more expensive clothing or food while you were married, but the reduction in income generally calls for a reduction in expenses. A portion of money you will save by reevaluating your budget can be used to decrease your debt over time and thereby improve your credit score. Try to keep cash with you at all times to prevent overspending on a debit or credit card. Support groups and online forums can help divorcing women move past their financial problems through the compassion, empathy and experience of others.



The inclusion of children in any case of divorce always complicates matters for both parents, but the emotional toll is often more heavily felt by women. It is important to remember to keep the well-being of the child or children at the forefront of your mind, even when difficult and emotionally charged circumstances make it hard to focus on anything other than the divorce. Depending on age, children will have different needs throughout the process. Be open, honest and understanding when your children ask questions. They may experience a wide range of feelings that surprise you, such as guilt, fear and shame. If possible, seek out counseling from a professional with experience in helping children of divorce, as these specialists may be able to offer you tips on how to communicate together more effectively.

Custody is a major issue for the majority of divorcing couples. In many cases, an amicable agreement can be reached before the divorce is even taken to court. If this is the case, be sure to get a signed copy of the agreement from your ex-spouse. Though this may seem harsh or unnecessary in a lot of situations, the amount and severity of the emotion experienced during the split should not be underestimated by either party.

If you are granted full custody of your children, your spouse may be required to pay child support. The amount will be decided at a hearing in which both of you are present and sign a decree. More information about child support and custody can be obtained through your state’s family court system.

Four Keys to Hiring The Best Lawyer for Your Case

This is a Guest Blog Post from Scott Morgan, a Texas Divorce Attorney.

Going through a divorce can be very difficult. Fortunately, things will go a lot smoother if you have a qualified lawyer who is working with you. Below are some tips for choosing a good divorce lawyer. If you would like to see a video on this topic here is one on picking the right divorce divorce lawyer.

Ask Your Family Members And Friends For A Referral

One of the simplest ways to find a good lawyer is to ask for a referral from your family members and friends. When you are asking for an attorney referral, you want to make sure that you are as specific as possible. What are some of the lawyer’s best qualities? What are some of the things that you did not like about your lawyer? Do you think that the attorney is a good listener? In your opinion, what is the one quality that every divorce lawyer should have? Those are just a few of the many questions that you should consider asking your friend or family member.

Interview A Couple of Lawyers

After you have gotten a couple of referrals, you should interview a couple of the lawyers. A good attorney is someone who listens to you, takes your needs into consideration and helps you feel comfortable during a very difficult ordeal. It is important to remember that a great lawyer for your friend may not be the right one for you. That is why you should interview several attorneys before you make your final decision.

Because divorce can be quite complicated, you want to hire an attorney who focuses mostly on family law. Furthermore, a good lawyer is familiar with social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook.

After you have interviewed a couple of lawyers, you should ask yourself a couple of very important questions. Did the lawyer really believe that he or she could handle my case? Did the lawyer understand the concerns that I have? Did the lawyer communicate with me in a way that I could understand?

Do Some Research

After the interview, you should be able to narrow your choices down to two lawyers. Before you decide on the one that you will select, you should do some research on both. The internet makes it very easy for you to find information about lawyers. When you are researching, you should aim to find out more about the lawyers’ education, training and other credentials. You may also want to take a look at the reviews that have been given by previous clients.

About the Author

Scott Morgan is a board certified Texas family law attorney and the founder of the Morgan Law Firm. You can read more of his divorce articles on the firm’s divorce blog.

What is Termination of Parental Rights vs Legal Custody

David Cantor explains the Termination of Parental Rights versus Legal Custody in this short video:

Domestic matters of child welfare and adoption can complicate and dictate parental rights and child custody. Termination of parental rights refers to “termination of care or control of child custody” that’s often complacent and later coupled with challenges to the ruling on legal custody. The notion of terminating parental rights to the relationship of a child, then years later pursue to challenge that decision is a difficult road, but not impossible nor unheard of.

Termination of parental rights, hence terminating the care or control of child custody can occur during a lawful process of adoption, unwanted child births, and straightforward termination of custodial rights. Parents faced with terminating parental rights to child custody are often under some form of duress, which can lead to a legal challenge. Questioning the lawful termination of parental rights isn’t the same as questioning legal custody. The termination of parental rights is meant to lawfully or willfully remove challenging legal custody, but is further inclusive of a finer difference. “Lawfully” references those cases where parental rights had been terminated by court order, while “willfully” is referencing those parents who voluntarily terminated parental rights, to the relationship of a child.

If the termination of parental rights to child custody was willful, it’s unlikely the court would revisit a petition for vacating termination of parental rights. The cost, time, and psychological impact has an effect upon the responding parties. If evidence was provided that duress effected or influenced the decision for termination of parental rights, it could persuade the court to revisit the subject-matter, based upon that evidence. Cases where the court has ordered termination of parental rights, then petitioning to revisit and vacate that court order carries even a lesser chance of it happening. If the petitioner can provide evidence of duress, the case would eventually progress under statutes governing child custody. The petitioner in either scenario must prove regaining “parental rights” to the relationship of a child is essential, thus contributing to the well-being of that child.

The termination of parental rights to the relationship of a child, abandoning child custody and petitioning to regain those parental rights is an important decision. Local statutes may determine the length of time a case remains open or closed, but courts and child custody together amounts to legal hurdles and much expended time. These hurdles involve social workers, child custody investigators, guardian ad litems, and either background screenings or personal witnesses.

If you would like to speak with an attorney from the Cantor Law Group about the Termination of Parental Rights or Legal Custody, our offices can be reached 24 hours a day at (602) 254-8880. Or you can use our secure confidential email form.

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