Court’s Authority to Direct a Parent’s Decision-Making is Limited: Paul E. V. Courtney F.

April 11, 2018

Paul E. v. Courtney F., was decided by the Arizona Court of Appeals, Div. I, on April 3, 2018. This important Division 1 Court of Appeals case defines provisions of legal decision-making, both joint and sole, and severely restricts the trial court’s ability to make decisions for a child’s best interests. The three primary takeaway […]

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What is Child Support Supposed to Cover?

March 21, 2018

Lawyers are commonly asked what the child support paid from one parent to the other is supposed to cover?  If Mother pays child support, the children should bring all their clothes, shoes and underwear when they stay at her home, right?   If Mother is receiving child support, shouldn’t she have to pay for 100% of […]

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Legal Decision Making and Court’s Authority to Make School Choice is Clarified: Nicaise v. Sundaram

March 2, 2018

Jordan v. Rea regarding school choice can’t be relied on as authority that a superior court should be making school choice decisions when parents are unable to do this.    Nicaise v. Sundaram, (March 1, 2018, Arizona Court of Appeals, Div 1) explicitly states, finally, that “the court’s statutorily prescribed role is not to make decisions […]

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Cheat Sheet: What’s “domestic violence” under Arizona statutes? Engstrom v. McCarthy

February 21, 2018

In Engstrom v. McCarthy (January 9, 2018), the Arizona Court of Appeals reversed a trial court’s finding of domestic violence based on insufficient findings.    “It may well be that some of Father’s actions constituted domestic violence under the statute.  The court, however, relied on many acts that do not statutorily constitute domestic violence, and did […]

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Holidays and Divorce Guide for Coparents

November 29, 2017

Here’s a Holiday Guide for Coparents from that could be helpful. Why not drop an email to your co-parent and tell him or her what you have planned for Christmas presents and holiday activities for the kids—even if you don’t expect the other parent to reciprocate?  Why not be the bigger person and offer […]

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Bobrow, Part I.

October 30, 2017

The Bobrow decision (Arizona Court of Appeals) partially answers a question I’ve often had when acting as a mediator and trying to settle dissolution cases.     When the parties are trying hard to settle a case after the dissolution has been pending for months (or longer), and if one party has been paying most […]

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Military Disability Benefits Can’t Be Considered in Spousal Maintenance Analysis

October 30, 2017

Arizona law establishes that “federal disability benefits awarded to the other spouse for service-connected disabilities . .  . ” cannot be considered by the court in a dissolution proceeding and request for spousal maintenance.”   ARS 25-530.  The specific federal disability benefits falling under this prohibition are 10 USC 1413a (CRSC, combat-related special compensation) and 38 […]

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Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Trainings – updated July 20, 2017

July 20, 2017

The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence has several upcoming trainings that can help meet the DV and child abuse requirements for those issuing reports in court matters — see their events calendar here. More trainings are available at Unhooked Media, including The Intersection of Family and Juvenile Law and Human Trafficking. The […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Finally Resolves Arizona Divorce Cases on Military Retired Pay

July 5, 2017

In 2012, I wrote a post here about Merrill v. Merrill, which was then an Arizona Court of Appeals case.   The AZ Court of Appeals, back then, ruled that a payor-Husband who reduced military retired pay  (MRP) payments to his ex-wife by converting some of those payments to combat-related special compensation (CRSC) payments would […]

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Email Etiquette Remains a Hot Topic

May 18, 2017

I was sent this link about Email etiquette and it looks really great.   It reminded me of this article, YourOnlinePresence,  that I wrote years and years ago.    The article is certainly old (2011!) and needs updating, but my rants about trying to keep emails appropriate are still the same.

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