While most of us would like to assume that the best person to provide care for a child is one – if not both – of that child’s parents, this simply is not always the case. Take, for example, a parent who means well, but who is challenged with debilitating mental health issues. Or, similarly, take a parent who struggles with a chronic chemical dependency. A child under the care of such a parent could very well be unsafe, and could possibly benefit from the parenting of somebody who is better equipped to act as a parent.
Archive for August, 2010
Marriages do not end because spouses are getting along too well. And, a marriage that ends in dispute many times leads to a legal battle that only increases the amount of conflict and stress felt by all parties. Unfortunately, Arizona divorce law is designed to be adversarial in nature. When one spouse is pitted against the other in an adversarial proceeding , the parties many times overlook the possibility of reaching common ground and mutually acceptable positions.
Those of you who have an active Arizona child support or spousal maintenance case may have noticed a change in the Arizona Support Clearinghouse fee structure. On March 18, 2010, Governor Jan Brewer signed House Bill 2011, a bill that addresses the budget issues currently facing the State of Arizona. The support clearinghouse fee increase is part of that bill and the fee increase went into effect July 1, 2010.
In a recent blog, I discussed Orders of Protection and how to obtain one if you are a victim of domestic violence. But what is considered an act of “domestic violence”? Some forms of domestic violence are obvious, such as hitting, pushing, or otherwise physically striking another person. Other forms of domestic violence may be less obvious, such as verbal threats, intimidation, harassment and stalking.
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