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Affidavit of Financial Information Form

Internet Resources

Arizona Rules of Court A good resource for learning the rules of the courts in Arizona for all matters.    On this page, the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure are approximately the tenth (10th) choice down.

Co-Parenting With Boundaries-High Conflict Parenting Group    Offered by counselors at Forensic Counseling and Evaluation.   Four two-hour sessions on co-parenting and communication.

Coparenting Communication Guide (2012 9 13)  This is AzAFCC’s 2011 summit project report, offering suggestions for effective communication between separated parents.

Arizona AFCC 2011 Summit Report (that led to the above Coparenting Communication Guide).  This Summit Report also includes the Addendums like Email Instructions and specific language to put in Court Orders.

Arizona Judicial Branch is a gateway to access to Court of Appeals, Supreme Court, and Arizona court family services of all kinds.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges “Judicial Guide to Child Safety in Custody Cases”, 2008 report

Parenting Time Plans.    These Model Parenting Plans (now called “Planning for Parenting Time:  Guide for Parents Living Apart”) were created by a Supreme Court Committee and updated in 2009.    The plans recognize the different needs of children at various ages and stages of development. These plans should be reviewed by ALL divorcing or never-married couples with children.

Arizona Revised Statutes Title 25, Arizona Revised Statutes (containing family law and dissolution provisions).

Arizona Legislative Information Service (ALIS) This site has access to all Arizona statutes and bills pending in the Arizona Legislature, plus information about the legislative process.

Arizona Child Support Guidelines. You may view the revised Child Support Guidelines, the Schedule of Basic Support Obligations and the Summary of Revision. These do not take effect until January 1, 2001.

Clerk of Superior Court, Maricopa County.

Where and how to get copies of divorce decrees and other court documents.

A Judge’s Guide:  Making Child Centered Decisions in Custody Cases.     An ABA  Guide for Judges.

Superior Court Filing Fees.  These fees will increase by 5% on March 18, 2013, so be sure and check the new fees!

ECR Online.

Child Support Guidelines Revisions effective June 1, 2011.  These guidelines are to be applied to all cases decided (not filed) June 1, 2011 or after.    Technical changes to the Guidelines, per AO 2011-46, is here in a PDF file:  AOTechnicalchanges2011Guidelines.  Those technical changes relate to clarification needed for the public calculator (available on the Supreme Court’s website) and for federal tax code requirements.

Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (AFCC) The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, an international and interdisciplinary association dedicated to the constructive resolution of family disputes.

American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers  This site, listing highly-qualified family law specialists in every state, includes articles and PDF downloads on subjects including alimony, separation agreements, property division, child support and custody issues, grandparent access, relocation, domestic violence, arbitration and other divorce issues.

Arizona Chapter AFCC.   The Arizona Chapter of AFCC sponsors the annual conference in Sedona and locally supports the work and mission of AFCC.

ABA Standards of Practice for Representation of Children in Custody Cases.     These Standards, including those for Best Interests Attorney (BIA) and attorney for the child, were adopted by the ABA in 2003 and are referenced in the Committee Comment to Rule 10, Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure.  These standards are also cited with approval by the Arizona Supreme Court in Aksamit v. Krahn as a source of guidance for Arizona attorneys appointed as BIAs or the attorney for a child.

Family Law Rules Committee Website Website for the Supreme Court Committee on Family Law Rules

Arizona Judicial Department-Arizona Child Support Calculator Calculate your child support obligation online using the Guidelines.

Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners    This Board regulates  professionals in the fields of Social Work, Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Substance Abuse Counseling.

Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners   This Board regulates psychologists in Arizona.

Arizona Psychological  Association (AzPA)  This is the AzPA’s “Find a Psychologist” page.

The Smart Money Divorce Guide A great resource for tax and investment issues concerning divorce, including the deductibility or reporting of alimony and the sale of a family residence. Be sure to read the main article “The Great Divide” for general information.

Divorce Net General divorce resources, nationwide.

Support Guidelines SupportGuidelines.com is  a comprehensive resource for the interpretation and application of child support guidelines in the United States.

Educator’s Guide.  This Guide, created by AFCC, gives tips for educators who need to deal with separated, divorced and never-married parents and the issues that can arise for the children and schools in those situations.

Kelly Blue Book Find out how much an automobile is worth – before you buy or sell.

State Bar of Arizona  General information from the Bar for lawyers and the public.

Client Care Guide. A brochure about dealings with your lawyer, by the State Bar of Arizona.

Certified Specialists. What they are and how to find one, in family law and other specialized areas, from the State Bar of Arizona.

Parenting Classes and Parenting Counseling.   Maricopa County Superior Court’s List of Resources for Parenting Counseling or Parenting Classes.

Traveling with a Minor Child.  A consent to specific travel out of the country is located here.  This form can also be used for travel in the United States.

Information from the U.S. State Department about how to apply for a passport with only one parent in attendance is located here.

Pima County Superior Court.

Maricopa County Superior Court.

Maricopa County Superior Court Self-Service Center.     Includes forms for many types of Superior Court filings, including family court matters.

Maricopa County Behavioral Health Services Providers.   A roster of PCs, custody evaluators and therapists who meet certain criteria to be appointed by the Court.

Maricopa County Parenting Class Providers.   A list of  classes that fulfill the requirement that all divorcing parties who have minor children must attend a Parent Information Class per ARS 25-351.

Co-Parenting Guide.  This is a Guide prepared by the State of Texas which defines and describes co-parenting and helps parents to to learn to co-parent.   It gives suggestions for keeping conflict out of the child’s life and describes how the conflict can affect children at different developmental stages.

Covenant Marriage What is a Covenant Marriage?


Recommended Reading – Family Law – For Clients

Some of these suggestions may or may not apply to your situation, but many of these books have helpful ideas, thoughts and suggestions about how to get through the difficult divorce process. I only list books here that I’ve actually read and found helpful in some way.

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 Divorce, by Elizabeth S. Thayer, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Zimmerman, Ph.D. (2001).

Your Divorce Advisor : A Lawyer and a Psychologist Guide You Through the Legal and Emotional Landscape of Divorce, Diana Mercer and Marsha Kline Pruett (2001).

The Divorce Sourcebook, by Dawn Bradley Berry (1996).

Divorce Poison by Richard Warshak, Ph.D.  (updated 2010)

Becoming a Stepfamily by Patricia Papernow (1993)

Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships:  What Works and What Doesn’t (2013) by Patricia Papernow

DivorceHelpforParents.com

Article from Raising Arizona Kids magazine on Parental Alienation, December, 2007

This list of books to make divorce less stressful, from HuffPost Women

The Good Divorce: Keeping Your Family Together When Your Marriage Comes Apart, by Constance Ahrons, Constance (2009).

Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well, by Ashton Applewhite (1997).

The Truth About Children and Divorce by Robert Emery, Ph.D. (2006).

Mom’s House, Dad’s House: A Complete Guide for Parents Who Are Separated, Divorced, or Remarried, by Isolina Ricci (1997).

Parenting Through Divorce: The Lasting Effects, by Karen Todd and Nancy Barros.

Relocation Issues in Child Custody Cases, edited by Philip Stahl and Leslie Drozd.  This volume is a collection of research articles by Stahl, Elrod, Austin, Gould, Lott, Greenberg, Gould-Saltman and others on relocation.

Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce and Building a New Life, by Abigail Trafford (1992).

Second Chances, by Judith Wallerstein (updated 2004)

The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce, by Judith Wallerstein (2000)

Divorce Busting : A Revolutionary and Rapid Program for Staying Together by Michele Weiner-Davis (1993)

The Complete and Easy Guide to the Laws of Marriage, Parenthood, Separation, and Divorce, The American Bar Association Guide to Family Law.

  • High Conflict People in Legal Disputes
  • It’s All Your Fault! 12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything
  • Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone With Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Bill Eddy with Randi Kreger)
  • Don’t Alienate the Kids: Raising Resilient Children While Avoiding High Conflict Divorce.

All four of the books above were written by Bill Eddy, J.D., LCSW Get more information about Bill Eddy, and read his blog, at  HighConflictInstitute.com.  The books can be ordered at UnHooked Books.

Recommended Reading – Family Law – For Attorneys

A number of books sold at Unhooked Books falls in this category and are recommended reading for family law attorneys.

Don’t Alienate the Kids by Bill Eddy

BIFF: Quick Responses to High Conflict People, Their Personal Attacks, Hostile Emails and Social Media Meltdowns by Bill Eddy

Forensic Psychology Consultation in Child Custody Cases by Philip Stahl and Robert Simon

Family Lawyer’s Guide to Building Successful Client Relationships, Sanford Portnoy (ABA publication, 2000)

Conducting Child Custody Evaluations by Philip Stahl (2010)

Complex Issues in Child Custody Evaluations by Philip Stahl  (1999)

Relocation Issues in Child Custody Cases   Philip Stahl and Leslie Drodz (editors) (2007)

The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Outlook 2010 by Ben Schorr (ABA publication)

The Lawyer’s Guide to Adobe Acrobat by David L. Masters (ABA publication)

Getting to Yes:  Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, by Roger Fisher and William Ury

Divorce and Family Mediation:  Models, Techniques and Applications, edited by Jay Folberg, Ann L. Milne, and Peter Salem  (2004)

Mediating Child Custody Disputes by Donald T. Saposnek (1998)

Parenting Plan Evaluations by Leslie Drozd and Kathryn Kuehnle

Second-Hand Shock, by Ellie Izzo, Ph.D. and Vicki Carpel-Miller, LMFT  (2008)

The Family Law Practitioner’s Guide to Social Security, by Carlton D. Stansbury (ABA publication)

Forensic Accounting Deskbook by Miles Mason

Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution:  Analysis and Recommendations (American Law Institute, 2002, a LexisNexis publication)

 The Buddha and the Borderline by Kiera Van Gelder