Choosing the right Arizona family law attorney to represent you is a very important decision that should be approached with careful consideration. First, those facing family law issues in Arizona should schedule a consultation with their potential family law attorney. During this consultation, ask specific questions relating to the attorney’s experience in the area of Arizona family law. Your potential attorney should be able to explain and answer your questions about all aspects of your family law matter from beginning to end. You should clearly discuss the attorney’s fees, hourly rate, and obtain an estimate of the costs your are [...]
Archive for May, 2011
Generally speaking, Arizona stepparents are not liable for their spouse’s child from a previous marriage. However, Arizona stepparents may be able to adopt a stepchild in order to obtain enforceable parental rights.
The objective of an Arizona paternity action case can be to create a parent-child relationship and establish orders for child custody, child support and visitation of the child that is involved. An Arizona paternity action can be brought by one party to obtain help from another party in paying for certain expenses of the child. In some cases, an alleged father may require proof that he is in fact the child’s father before he agrees to pay child support.
Even though common law marriages are not recognized under Arizona state law, Arizona does acknowledge opposite-sex marriages created in other states. As a result, if a couple first enters into a common law marriage in another state and then moves to Arizona, even though common law marriages are not recognized under AZ state law, the couple is still legally married in Arizona. Do you have any additional questions about common law marriages or formal marriages in Arizona? If so, contact JacksonWhite’s dedicated AZ family law team to schedule your family law consultation, call (480) 779-7972.
Parties to a divorce in Arizona should always consider the tax implications of a divorce before making any financial arrangements, especially if children are involved.
If a stepparent in Arizona wants to adopt a stepchild, the biological parent must first relinquish his or her parental rights.
Adoptive parents in Arizona can choose between open adoption and closed adoption. In a closed adoption, the birth parents are not given the opportunity to develop any type of relationship with the child and the adoptive family. Instead, the birth parents relinquish their rights to have any type of communication with the child or adoptive family once the child is placed in the adoptive family’s care. Closed adoptions tend to be more common than open adoptions. In contrast, open adoptions can allow the birth parents to remain in contact with the child and adoptive family after they terminate their parental [...]
Adoptive parents in Arizona have several types of adoption to choose from. First of all, adoptive parents must decide between domestic and international adoptions. Both domestic and international adoptions have strict requirements that prospective adoptive parents must follow.
Depending on the type of adoption, adoptive parents can face numerous obstacles. Therefore, anyone considering adoption in Arizona should consult with an AZ adoption attorney to learn more about their options.
Contested dissolutions can become complicated. Courts will not issue a decree of dissolution until the key terms are in place. In other words, courts will not approve a divorce until the parties have clear direction on issues such as property division, allocation of debts, spousal maintenance, child support and child custody. In many contested divorces, courts have to resolve child support issues for the spouses. Courts also step in to establish child custody and visitation rights, which are many times the most highly contested issues in dissolution proceedings. It is also common for courts to order spousal maintenance upon dissolution. [...]
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