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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: I received a copy of a Motion to Set and Certificate of Readiness. Do I need to file a response?

I do not agree with what is stated in this motion, I am not ready & I cannot afford legal counsel.

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Jun 30, 2022

Yes. If you do not respond, the Court can set the matter for trial whether you are ready or not.

Do an internet search for "Arizona legal self-help." There are resources that may assist you in responding.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Arizona on
Q: How do I proceed when arresting officers, public defender also judge are coercing/ bullying me and requests for change o

Change of lawyer are ignored and forcing me to stay with current lawyer who can't be trusted even. A little bit please help

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Jun 28, 2022

You are entitled to representation. You are NOT entitled to different representation because you do not approve of the representative provided to you. Your option is to find a way to pay for private counsel. Otherwise, your lawyer is your lawyer unless a conflict of interest arises (conflict of... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: Can I still get a lawyer half way into my case?

I couldn't afford a lawyer until now , my ex is taking me to court for joint legal decision making with final say and child support. The kids have been in my custody this whole time ages 10 and 3 , he's never financially taken care of them and has always been inconsistent in their lives .... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Jun 20, 2022

Of course. Your attorney will have some catching up to do but you are absolutely able to hire counsel (the judge will likely be happy about it).

I would not hesitate any longer, however.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: What do I have to do to change our parenting plan?

I moved and father isn't agreeing to meet to the new middle point to exchange our children. He wants to keep it at the old address on file but its no where near middle for me now. What do I have to do in order to change the new middle point to exchange children? Do I still have to meet him at... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Jun 20, 2022

You will need to file to modify the existing order. Depending on how much of an inconvenience your proposed meeting location is for your ex, the judge may not change the order. Since you were the party who moved, the judge may not feel your ex should have to share the burden unless you can show how... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for Utah on
Q: I believed my neighbors where telling the truth regarding me hitting a mail box but I’m realizing they lied?

I was unloading a uhaul, I didn’t consider my blood sugar. I went to move the Uhaul in front off townhomes and out of the alley, my neighbors chased me, I freaked out, I saw one of them wave me down. Came to my senses and stoped to talk to him. They told me, didn’t I notice I hit a mail box, I... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Jun 20, 2022

You have described an incident but you have not asked a question. It appears you have three paths moving forward: 1) pay the fine and take the conviction as is - simplest and quickest resolution which likely has the most significant impact on your insurance (you may want to contact your insurance... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Utah on
Q: In Utah, if a prohibited person on probation lives with you, does the host forfeit their 2nd and 4th amendment rights?

Are safe rooms or a locked Master bedroom where the prohibited person does not have access, legal to store prohibited items?

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Jun 17, 2022

No, the host does not forfeit their rights, but exercising those rights would likely send the prohibited person to prison. The prohibited person has lost the right to live with someone whose rights have not been limited without inconveniencing that person with having to live AS IF they had also... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Can I move back to Texas with my son where all my family are when his dad works here in AZ and still get child support?

We both have TX IDs still so I don’t know which state has jurisdiction to handle our case. We’ve lived in AZ for a year now. I have a big family support system back in Texas and his father doesn’t really have much support with extended family here in AZ. I cant afford to live here anymore and... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Jun 13, 2022

This is an incredibly complex question for an "Ask-a-lawyer" service but I will give you the highlights.

Your answer depends on whether or not you were married to the father and whether or not you have a custody order from Texas or any other state. Assuming you are not married and...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Can you claim child support but choose for the father not to have any rights to the child?

Father wants nothing to do with child until paternity is established, I do not want him involved with the child as I have moved on and am with someone whom will assume that role. Can I still collect child support and choose that he not be in the child’s life?

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on May 25, 2022

The short answer is no.

If you establish paternity he will be required to pay child support but he can also assert a right to parent time. 50/50 custody is presumed to be in the best interest of the child but it appears you are in Minnesota and the father may be in Arizona?...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Do two minors automatically become adults by law, if married at court with parental consent?

I’m 17 and my girlfriend is 16, we have parental consent for getting married, we are just wondering if we legally become Adults when married, also she is pregnant.

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on May 17, 2022

No, two minors who are married with parental permission are not automatically emancipated. A minor over the age of 16 can petition the courts to be emancipated, but they must show that they are capable of living independently from their parents. Your girlfriend will be able to make healthcare... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Arizona on
Q: If you commit this what are the possible punishments and what are the likely punishments for pleading guilty?

Hit traffic “expect delays” sign and did not call police

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Apr 13, 2022

You would likely be charged with failure to control your vehicle (infraction) and leaving the scene of a property damage collision (misdemeanor). You will likely face a fine and a serious increase in your cost of insurance.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: How do I go about seeing my kids if they are with their mother and the mother has a order of protection against me?

She has the kids all the time and nothing through the courts yet about custody or visitation.

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Mar 31, 2022

If you cannot afford an attorney, however, DO NOT miss the deadline to oppose the protective order. Even if you agree to leave the order in place, you need to get before the judge and ask for a modification to allow you parent time. If there are allegations of violence, you may be constrained to... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Utah on
Q: Can I adopt my sisters unborn baby?

My sister recently found out she is pregnant and and feels as though she wouldn't be able to handle anymore children. She already has kids but doesn't want anymore. She has asked me and my husband to adopt. My sister is unmarried and says the father doesn't want the baby either.... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Feb 28, 2022

The short answer is "yes." The long answer is "you need an attorney."

Even though the father "doesn't want the baby," his rights will have to be terminated. He can consent to terminating his rights, but there will need to be an action to do so filed when...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Can I get in trouble if I allow visitation with the NCP knowing they have outstanding warrants?

They are not warrants related to children, and they are not warrants that would suggest our child is in immediate danger in their care. I was told by a family lawyer that if I send our child to visit with his father knowing he has warrants, and if he gets arrested, it could come back on me and... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Feb 28, 2022

Mr. Vincent is SO spot on. You need to modify your agreement to reflect that he has left the state. I would suggest that your request for temporary orders limit him to supervised visitation at your residence to avoid the possibility that he could be arrested while your children are in his custody.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Utah on
Q: Custodial weekend but non custodial holiday on Monday. Does non custodial get full weekend ?
Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Feb 18, 2022

Yes, unless otherwise specified in the Decree or Child Custody Order. According to Utah Code Annotated 30-3-35(2)(e)(i) "[i]f a holiday falls on a weekend or on a Friday or Monday and the total holiday period extends beyond that time so that the child is free from school and the parent is free... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Family Law and Child Custody for Utah on
Q: In Utah code 30-3-37 what parent determines summer parent time schedule if parents don't agree. Law that shows this
Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Feb 16, 2022

If it is not outlined in the parenting plan in the Decree or Child Custody Order, the parents must either come to an agreement, go to mediation, or take the matter in front of a judge. I suggest the two of you attempt to resolve the matter. You could suggest that the other party choose which weeks... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Divorce and Family Law for Utah on
Q: How should my children be claimed each year on tax forms with my ex.

I have 2 children under 18 and one adult completely disabled child (21) for whom I provide the majority of support. My ex thinks we should be taking turns each year claiming either the disabled child or both minor children. It is my contention that we should be splitting the two minor children and... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Feb 10, 2022

There is no "law" on this issue. It is a matter of what the parties agreed to at the time of divorce. Your decree should indicate how the children would be claimed on taxes. If there is no provision for child support for the adult child, then you would be entitled to claim the adult child... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Arizona on
Q: Can a judge order the sharing of personal documents such as ssn bank account numbers eins of non married parents

I live in Arizona non married parents fighting for custody of their child is it legal for the judge to require them to share with each other their ssn bank account numbers business ein tax records and drivers license number this seems to violate privacy and security as this information can be... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Feb 9, 2022

Yes, if you have a custody dispute you will also be determining child support. A deep dive into your financial affairs is required to determine child support where parents dispute earnings. The courts have the authority to require you to produce all relevant financial information.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: Ok I just got a reply from a question that my neighbors were telling the cops I was a crackhead

Two yrs clean now they dropped a bag of crack in front of house they live downstairs and gave it to the cops saying it was mine what do I do?

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Feb 8, 2022

I almost made Mr. Cramer's suggestion to your last post - moving should be on your short list of options. I know housing is tough right now if it is even remotely as expensive in SLC as it is down here in southern UT. That being said, being charged with a crime is expensive too.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for Arizona on
Q: I would like to know if which lawyer is recommended in sexual misconduct cases of detention officer abusing his post.

Occured last December at the Yuma county jail. It happened to my boyfriend and several other inmates within the same pod. The detention officer was masturbating and finished at the inmates door while they tried to sleep.

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Feb 7, 2022

You would need to report this behavior to the Yuma County Sheriff. If you get no response there, you would next turn to the Arizona Office of the Attorney General.

While it is possible the inmates could sue in civil court, without an investigation and findings from a law enforcement agency,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Arizona on
Q: If your arrested and charged with aggravated assault with serious injury, reckless handling/discharge of a weapon, diso

Disorderly conduct-fighting and endangerment then get a plea offer charging u with aggr. Assault and assault how did they come up with the assault charge that prev wasnt a charge?

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Feb 7, 2022

The prosecutor has the ability to amend the Information to include new charges. Possibly a second victim or second incident? The defendant's defense attorney should be able to explain the charges.

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