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DCS to seek court orders taking kids, by Bob Ortega and Mary Jo Pitzl

The rate of removal of children from their homes in Arizona is alarming.  Efforts are being made to require the Department of Child Services (DCS) to obtain a warrant prior to removing children from their parents or home.  Read more here…

Parenting Coordinator: New rules for appointment

Parenting coordinators are commonly used following a divorce to assist parties with child-related issues in an effort to resolve disputes without having to go back to court.  Effective January 1, 2016, the conditions for using a parenting coordinator changed.  In order for…
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What are some common parenting time arrangements?

The courts will typically approve of any parenting scheme that you and your spouse agree on.  Often, cooperating parents will have a custody arrangement structured in their parenting plan and will never refer to it again, using common sense and…
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Can I move out of state with my child?

  Arizona  law requires, absent a different provision in your current custody orders, that if a parent wants to move the children over one hundred miles from their current residence that they must give written notice to the other parent….
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Claiming children on tax returns and child support

As April 15th approaches, a question that is frequently presented by parties going through a divorce is “which one of us gets to claim the children on our tax returns?”  The answer is…. it depends.   A.R.S. 25-320 requires the…
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