CAA Training: Uniform Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect and Custody Proceedings Act: Uniform Laws Commission

June 12, 2015

Here’s the Family Court (Maricopa County) Bench Resource Book 2015 – Final that was referred to in the Court Appointed Advisor training on June 12.   Thanks to those who worked so hard to compile those resources and check that links and phone information are current. This Resource Guide includes resources for domestic violence/ abuse housing […]

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Recent Articles on Divorce Topics

June 12, 2015

Just a couple of things to read in your spare time, over this fine upcoming weekend. Here’s a good article by Michael Black, CFP, CDFA about imputing income to assets in divorce actions.  (This is a PDF download) A very interesting guide on substance testing (urine and blood), including good drug listings (including generic and […]

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Complaints against Court-Appointed Custody Evaluators: A Change in the Process

June 9, 2015

Apologies in advance; this is a really long post. Arizona Revised Statute 32-2081 is called “Grounds for disciplinary action” and it covers a situation where a court litigant wants to file a board complaint against a mental health professional who was appointed in the court case.    This is usually someone appointed to do a […]

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2015 Child Support Calculator in Excel

June 6, 2015

Here’s the new 2015 Child Support Calculator, in Excel, that applies to the CS changes taking effect on July 1, 2015.

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Monday Morning Minute: The Space to Choose Your Response

May 25, 2015

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.    Viktor E. Frankl Viktor Frankl was talking about something a bit more intense than communication between separated parents, but the analogy still applies.   You will be […]

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Monday Morning Minute: Finding Halfway Points

May 18, 2015

Did you know that can help parents find halfway points to meet, including for exchanges?  It can also filter to find specific places that are approximately between two points, like coffee or pizza places.  Just fill in the two addresses and go.

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Changes to Rule 12 Raise Questions About Who Has to Record Child Interviews

April 8, 2015

Rule 12, Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure, regarding “Court Interviews of Children” was changed effective January 1, 2015.  The changes are significant.  The old version stated (in toto): On motion of any party, or its own motion, the court may, in its discretion, conduct an in camera interview with a minor child who is […]

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Children In Between Online – Online Parenting Course

March 25, 2015

I’ve been referring some clients and parenting coordination parties to online parenting education at Children in Between Online (CIBO).   I became aware of this online course through a seminar presentation in January.   I took the course myself.  I don’t think it’s fair to ask parents/ clients to review books or courses unless I’ve […]

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Monday Morning Minute: Kids and Cell Phones

March 23, 2015

This recent New York Times article on Managing Media in the Family has some valuable tips about kids’ use of technology.   Tech issues, including cell phone use and abuse, are similar whether the family is intact or separated. Step Away From the Phone and No Phones at Family Time would resolve some common complaints that […]

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Are You a Restrictive Gate-Keeper?

March 18, 2015

Here’s a list of divorce parenting behaviors that every professional in family court cases is familiar with. The other parent is insulted in front of the child, either directly to her, or by her overhearing family discussions (or even telephone calls) about the other person. Financial issues, including payment or nonpayment of child support, are […]

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