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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WaPo Article Explores Extreme Measures for Parental Alienation

May 16, 2017

Parental alienation is one of the most volatile issues in divorce and custody cases.    I’ve written on it previously here and here. In this article from Sunday’s magazine (5/14/2017, the Mother’s Day issue), the Washington Post examines a controversial program to deprogram children who refuse to see one parent.

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Domestic Abuse Guide

May 3, 2017

Domestic Violence and Addiction is a guide availbable free online from DrugRehab.com.     Be sure and check out this reference providing information and support to people fighting domestic abuse, mental illness and addiction.

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Safe Haven Therapy: An Overview, Part III

April 5, 2017

This is the third of four posts about safe haven therapy for children. If the parents intend that their child have safe haven therapy, how is that accomplished?   A written agreement spelling out everyone’s understanding of the arrangement is the best way to ensure your child has her privacy in a counseling relationship. Often […]

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IRS and Social Security Resources to review for your divorce

April 3, 2017

The government can be your friend.   Before you seek advice from professionals about your social security benefits and particular tax situations and how they apply to your divorce, do your own research and know what questions to ask. The Social Security Administration offers some advice about your benefits or potential benefits upon divorce: SSA […]

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Safe Haven Therapy: An Overview, Part II

March 27, 2017

This is the second post about safe haven counseling, which applies to children’s counseling records in custody cases.   The first post is here. A couple of  Arizona statutes are relevant to the safe haven issue.  ARS 13-3620 is Arizona’s duty to report statute, and Subsection G provides that release of a child’s records does not […]

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Safe Haven Counseling: An Overview, Part I

March 23, 2017

What is safe haven counseling?  Sometimes, it’s called “safe harbor counseling”, and these are the same thing.     I have no idea how a harbor differs from a haven, and in this context, it doesn’t matter. Generally, if a court orders safe haven counseling, the court’s intent is that the child have a counselor […]

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Children and Social Media – An Ongoing Concern

January 26, 2017

As Sherry Turkey pointed out in her great book Alone Together (2011), “We expect more from technology and less from each other.”  Unfortunately, this applies to parenting as well. What parent hasn’t relied on an iPad or a cartoon to entertain a child when a break is needed? As a child gets older, the focus […]

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Civil Rules Changes Affect Family Law Rules

December 22, 2016

The Arizona Civil Rules of Procedure change on January 1, 2017, and some of the changes affect family law work.    Even if some Civil changes don’t affect family cases right away, those changes are likely to influence the restyling of family law rules that will happen in 2019. Here’s my personal summary of the highlights […]

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