All the Good Things

April 28, 2020

We’ve all seen countless things happen since things really started to go south (which in Arizona was somewhere around the 2nd week in March, give or take a few days) due to COVID. From the time I started to realize that parenting plans and kids who share two or more households were really, really going […]

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Maricopa County (Arizona) Family Court Operations April – May 2020 and Going Forward

April 24, 2020

The following is a comprehensive explanation of Maricopa County, Arizona Family Court Operations for the foreseeable future.  It was issued by the Honorable Bruce Cohen, Presiding Judge of the Family Court Department, on April 24, 2020, and it can be found online here.   The provisions are important enough that I’m setting them out entirely here.    […]

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Maricopa County Family Court Guidelines for Parenting Time During COVID

April 4, 2020

The Maricopa County Family Court Department (Superior Court) has issued guidelines for parents to know how to navigate their parenting plans, court orders, and communications with the other parent during the COVID pandemic. They can be found here on the Superior Court website, posted on 4/3/2020. Please review those guidelines for answers to some of […]

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Co-Parenting and Parenting Plans: COVID Considerations

April 2, 2020

Here’s an online discussion between the Honorable Gerri Wong, Ontario Court of Justice, and me, hosted by AFCC and sponsored by Soberlink, presented on April 1, 2020. The link provides free online viewing.

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Oregon guidance for parenting plans should be applied to Arizona plans

March 26, 2020

Oregon was well-prepared to provide guidance to parents about their parenting plans and parenting time during the COVID crisis. Oregon had a pre-existing panel, the Oregon Statewide Family Law Advisory Committee, which was able to provide almost immediate guidance about court orders for parenting time. Those guidelines can be found here and include the following: […]

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Quick Update 3/24/2020

March 24, 2020

A very quick update on Co-Parenting, parenting plans, and exchange of children during the COVID outbreak. The guidelines I’ve posted earlier remain in effect — parenting plans and court orders for child parenting time remain in effect and should be followed. I’ve heard from countless parents saying, in effect, “I don’t know if the other […]

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CoVID and Co-Parenting: Stick With the Plan, Be Flexible When You Can

March 17, 2020

There are no easy answers to some questions: *My co-parent isn’t keeping our kids away from other kids during his parenting time. We live with my elderly parents and the kids are going to come back and expose my parents. *My co-parent just got back to the United States from another country, and wants to […]

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Separated Parents and CoVID

March 15, 2020

Parents:    This is a truly difficult time.   Talk about making being divorced/ separated from your other parent more difficult! Please follow guidelines for co-parenting as closely as possible during these difficult times, for your sake and your children’s sake (and health) YOUR PARENTING PLAN SHOULD BE FOLLOWED.   Do not take advantage of general chaos in […]

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Benefits of Failed Mediation – Part II

January 28, 2020

This is Part II of two posts discussing why “failed” mediations don’t need to be failures, and what the attorney and client should be doing at mediation, even if all issues aren’t going to be settled. 3.      Keep examining the other party’s disclosure.   It’s possible that by the time of mediation, the attorney and client […]

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Benefits of a Failed Mediation – Part I

January 25, 2020

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison That quote sums up my experience with mediation.    I’ve never found it helpful to brag that I settle “98%” (or whatever percent) of the mediations I handle.  For one thing, I don’t, and for another, I think talking about […]

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