When the Parents Have to be Good Sports

by Annette Burns on September 4, 2014

I don’t know how parents do it.  A recent New York Times article noted that parents are exhausted and harassed by the kids’ sports schedules.  Calling the sports system the “youth sports juggernaut” isn’t far off; the schedules are demanding and constant and getting the kids to the required activities interferes with lots of other […]

Volk v. Brame, 1-CA-SA 14-0079

by Annette Burns on September 2, 2014

In Volk v. Commissioner Brame, a Father took a Special Action Petition on his claim that he was denied a hearing and the opportunity to present testimony, resulting in a denial of due process through Maricopa County’s Family Court Conference process.   (This process used to be called Expedited Services.)   That case involved a […]

Parent Transition Reports, Part II (Examples)

by Annette Burns on August 29, 2014

As a follow up to my last post on Parent Communication/ Transition Reports, here are some examples of straightforward News or Transition Reports that would likely be helpful to the other parent. Notice that these are straightforward, give information, and do not comment on the other parent’s parenting abilities or make judgments.  Also notice that […]

Parent Communication/ Transition Reports

by Annette Burns on August 27, 2014

More and more Maricopa County parenting time orders are including a provision that the parents exchange a “Child News Report”, “Weekly Report”, or “Transition Report” about the children who are traveling between two homes.  I’ve seen mixed success with the use of these reports.    When they aren’t particularly effective, it’s usually because one or both […]

Books for Parents

August 17, 2014

Here are the books about co-parenting I recommend most recently for people who want general information about co-parenting following divorce or separation of the parents: Parenting After Divorce: A Guide to Resolving Conflicts and Meeting Your Children’s Needs, by Philip M. Stahl, Ph.D (2007). The Co-Parenting Survival Guide: Letting Go of Conflict After A Difficult […]

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PC Training in Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

July 17, 2014

Arizona Revised Statutes 25-406C requires that any person who submits reports to a court must have completed minimum requirements in domestic violence and child abuse. 25-406C. The court shall require a court appointed attorney for a child, a court appointed advisor or any person who conducts an investigation or prepares a report pursuant to this […]

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Courts and Technology: Constant Changes and Updates

May 22, 2014

In a seminar I attended recently on technology issues and family law, a speaker correctly noted that the courts are always going to be 10-15 years behind the times as to how to handle  technology in the courtroom.    Back in the early 90’s, we used to hear that Maricopa County would ‘soon’ be providing internet […]

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ODR

May 19, 2014

What is ODR? ADR is “Alternative Dispute Resolution”, which includes settlement conferences, mediation, arbitration, parenting coordination, and other general means of trying to settle a family law case or family dispute without going to court and litigating.     Some would argue that attempts to settle without litigation is no longer an “alternative” meaning these mechanisms are […]

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PCs (and the Court) Would Prefer Not To Parent Your Kids

May 16, 2014

Parenting Coordinators really don’t make all the decisions for the parents.   I’ve had PC cases where one parent starts out by chastising the other parent, saying “Well, now you’ve done it.  Because you’ve gotten a PC involved, we’ve lost all control over our own lives and now she’s going to make all the decisions about […]

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Expedited Services Proceedings Can Meet Due Process Test

May 15, 2014

A Wisconsin court affirmed that due process considerations were met when a Family Court Commissioner approved the recommendations of a GAL regarding placement of a child. (“Placement” is Wisconsin’s term for what we call parenting time in Arizona.) Nehls v. Nehls, Court of Appeals of Wisconsin, 2012. A court cannot simply delegate its decision-making authority […]

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