Did you know that in Arizona, just listing a father’s name on a birth certificate is not sufficient to establish paternity? If a child’s parents were not married when the mother became pregnant or when the child was born, that child has no legal father until paternity is established. This can become a serious issue for couples who never marry but have children together.
Archive for July, 2010
Orders of Protection (also sometimes referred to as restraining orders) prohibit one person from contacting another. They are used many times in situations of domestic violence and/or abuse. To obtain an order of protection in Arizona, the abusive party must have one of the following relationships with the person who is seeking the Order:
Maricopa County recently implemented a new judicial tool to assist with the enforcement of unpaid child support and spousal maintenance orders. This new tool is called Accountability Court. The Accountability Court’s focus is on the strict enforcement of child support and spousal maintenance orders. Accountability Court is described as a problem-solving court, with the problem being parents and ex-spouses who are in contempt for nonpayment of a support order, and the solution being the motivation of the parent or ex-spouse with the obligation to come up with a reasonable plan to pay down the total amount owed.
The Fourth of July is this weekend, one of the major U.S. holidays on the calendar and if you’re like me, images of swimming pools and backyard barbeques come to mind. Living in Arizona means staying cool is a must, but it can help trying to catch the local fireworks show despite the heat. Unfortunately, holidays can be anything but idyllic for parents sharing custody of children. I’ve put together a few tips for divorced parents to keep in mind this holiday and those holidays in the future.
Going through a divorce is never easy, but we all know, and hopefully understand, that divorce can be especially hard on children. The Superior Court in Maricopa County certainly realizes this and under Arizona law, the parent information class is mandatory in a divorce or custody action.
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