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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: My parenting plan states my ex needs to provide dates for his 2 week summer block by April, but he never did.

Now our vacation dates have overlapped. I am willing to compromise but he will not. The order states in even years he has first choice when they overlap. Since he failed to provide information to me in April, does that nullify his first choice right for picking dates?

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Jay Hall answered on Jul 2, 2020

Based only on the information you provided, it sounds like it would. The court might consider other facts, though, such as whether you already made travel arrangements before you selected your preferred dates. Essentially if there is no cost to you to defer to him even though he's late, you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: If I have sole legal custody, can my ex take me to court to pay for flight tickets when he comes out to see our son?

Ex has no parenting rights but I allow him to see his child. He is asking that I pay half of all flight tickets to make this happen and has threatened to take me to court if I don't pay

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Jay Hall answered on Jul 2, 2020

Sole legal decision-making is unrelated to parenting time. If he hasn't established parenting time, he can. He also can ask that you be ordered to pay half of the travel costs, including any unaccompanied minor fees. Based only on this, we can't predict whether he'd prevail or not.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Can I file for child support ever if I don't know where my ex wife is .
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Jay Hall answered on Jun 1, 2020

Unfortunately, you will have to locate her. You can use the internet to perform basic searches or utilize a skip trace service for more professional tracking.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Arizona on
Q: When filing for divorce and planning to move out of state, where should one file?

Currently residing in AZ with spouse and 4 children. Moved to AZ from MI in 2017. I am planning to file for divorce but also planning to move back to MI with the 4 children. Should I wait and file in MI so that there are no issues leaving the state if I was to file in AZ?

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Jay Hall answered on Jun 1, 2020

The answer really depends on the anticipated issues in your divorce and your spouse's eagerness to file if you do not. Based on the incomplete information provided, if everything is amicable and your spouse is in no rush to file, you can wait but you and the children will need to live in... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: How do I appeal a ruling I feel isn’t fair due to other parties status in the town I reside in?

Judge put on the court document under findings that “the court has concerns about the health and safety of the child in this case” Child who is almost 14 has endured abuse (physics, mental and emotional) by dads girlfriend for6 years. He then said that everything is based off what the child... Read more »

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Jay Hall answered on Jun 1, 2020

So unfortunately Arizona law requires proof of judicial bias from sources outside of the courtroom. It makes bias nearly impossible to prove. It might make more sense to appeal the merit of the ruling instead, particularly if the judge ignored the cumulative weight of the evidence. This will still... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: Is it blackmail at mediation setting to be threatened with a lawsuit if I don't agree to vacate my judge's ruling?

I am supposed to be awarded attorney fees in my case that is still pending, but at a mediation setting on another matter, I was threatened with "they will sue you for breach if you do not vacate your judges ruling?"

Jay Hall
Jay Hall answered on May 27, 2020

The exact context of your question isn't clear, but no it doesn't sound like it's blackmail.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Arizona on
Q: If I find myself in family court, will the court know I have my medical marijuana card if I don't tell them?
Jay Hall
Jay Hall answered on May 27, 2020

There really is no advantage to concealing this. By statute, the family court cannot draw any negative inference from a valid medical marijuana card. If the opposing party alleges substance abuse, you may be ordered to test randomly for an extended period of time. The card may help preempt that.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Arizona on
Q: I signed the birth certificate for a child that was not mine, I was in a relationship with the mother at the time.

Immediately after, she left me and married another man. She then sued for child support which was granted but before I could get my first visitation, they, including her new husbands parents and family, packed up and moved. I never saw the child again. Then years later she contacted me saying if I... Read more »

Jay Hall
Jay Hall answered on May 25, 2020

I am really sorry to hear about your situation. Unfortunately, terminating your parental rights does not end child support. Was there a written agreement between you and the mother?

You should immediately consult with a local child support attorney to evaluate your options. Most relief is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Civil Rights for Arizona on
Q: I'am married and no custody in place can I bring my kids from NEBRASKA to ARIZONA

My husband left the state without my permission the kids were supposed to stay with me can I pick them up from NEBRASKA and bring them to az without breaking the law he lied to me and the kids

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Jay Hall answered on May 25, 2020

Because you are currently married, he probably did not need your permission to leave with the children. Without any court orders in place, parents have coequal rights. That means that you could retrieve the children but he has no obligation to release them to you. Rather than subject the children... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: If the other parent hasn't followed the custody agreement how to do go about filing papers to inform the judge of this

The Father is showing up at my house without my knowledge at least 5 times can I file a restraining order

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Jay Hall answered on May 25, 2020

There are a couple of discrete questions here. It is unclear what you mean when you say the other parent hasn't followed the custody agreement. Depending on the nature of the violations, you may be able to file a petition to enforce. But if the other parent simply declined to exercise his... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: What can I do about receiving a summons for a custodial interference charge to appear in court,

The Father never followed the custody agreement wants to come around when it's convenient for him and without my knowledge, he filed a Police report saying I'm not following the parenting time agreement, I receive a summons to appear in court for custody interference charge, when this... Read more »

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Jay Hall answered on May 25, 2020

The first step is to separate the issues. You may not have any right to enforce the agreement if the other parent simply declined to exercise his parenting time. The remedy for that is usually modification (if it is substantial and continuing).

Instead of focusing on that, you will want to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: My ex-wife's lawyer withdrew with cause during custody fight. Do I have the right to know that cause?

Before our custody and childcare battle ended, my ex-wife's lawyer withdrew. The court approved it because the lawyer had a valid cause; however, the judge did not disclose that cause in her ruling allowing him to withdraw. I believe he withdrew because my ex consistently lied during testimony... Read more »

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Jay Hall answered on May 25, 2020

Unfortunately you do not. Those communications are privileged.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: How do I get 50/50 custody of my 4 month old son?

The mother has already contacted the court for paternity, child support, and custody. I am unsure what steps I need to take to be ready to defend myself and get half custody of my son. DES has contacted me for my new address but thats all that has came of this so far with the courts being closed.... Read more »

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Jay Hall answered on May 25, 2020

The first practical step is to take advantage of a free consultation with a family lawyer. This isn't a sales pitch, it's just important for you to evaluate the whether she has "enough on you" to restrict your custody rights. It is unclear what you mean by contacted the court,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: If both me and the dad have our own agreement will DES come after him for child support?

This is our first child and the dad has been paying me $100 every month and sometimes extra if he has it. Neither of us want to go to court and just want to keep our agreement while we aren't living together. This is really stressful for us cause we don't know if the state will take any... Read more »

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Jay Hall answered on May 25, 2020

If you or the child receive state assistance, it may try to recover a portion of the funds from the father. Your agreement will not supersede the state's interest. If neither of you receive state assistance, it is unlikely DES will intervene unless one parent requests assistance to formally... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: My ex girl of 14 years took my kids and moved from arizona to cali with only a week notice is it kidnapping

She charged me with domestic violence but I took it to court and won cause I wad the one beat up in the pictures and she didn't have marks and we have no court orders in place and im on my daughters birth certificate

Jay Hall
Jay Hall answered on May 25, 2020

No, this isn't kidnapping. Without enforceable orders in place, there really aren't many limitations on a parent's ability to travel with children. You should consult with a family law attorney to evaluate your options. The best course of action may be to file a petition to establish... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Divorce for Arizona on
Q: if I leave the house will I be abandoned my kids? My husband is abusive mental and physical.

he lost his job in covid 19

Jay Hall
Jay Hall answered on May 25, 2020

No, removing yourself from an abusive situation is not abandonment. If you intend to divorce, you should take advantage of a free consultation at your earliest opportunity to discuss how to preserve all of your rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Arizona on
Q: Can your soon to be ex husband just say be out in 30 and only take whats your cause he pay for things?

Does he have a right to keep your sons bedroom furniture and tv and computer cause he paid for them and does want them going if needed to his Biological fathers house cause he paid for it all

Jay Hall
Jay Hall answered on May 25, 2020

Property acquired during the marriage is presumptively community property regardless of who paid for it, unless the funds used were a legally separate source like inheritance or money earned before the marriage. That property must be divided equitably in your divorce.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Arizona on
Q: Can you change a lowered time & amount modification of spousal support back to original decree amount & time duration?

I have come to realize that I will not be able to survive each month with no spousal support. I modified with my ex husband to lower the amount & time duration to 4 years. It was in the original decree to be more money each month & to not end until I remarried. Will I be able to change this... Read more »

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Jay Hall answered on May 25, 2020

The modifiability of spousal maintenance first depends on the language of the current orders. If your agreement did not make maintenance non-modifiable, it will be possible to modify. You will need to prove the occurrence of substantial and continuing changes since your last modification. Simply... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Arizona on
Q: Is my husband liable for credit card debt after divorce?

I have 2 credit cards that were acquired while we were married, but are only in my name (all debt is paid off, they are at a $0 balance). If I keep these cards, will he be liable for any debt that gets placed on them after we get divorced?

Jay Hall
Jay Hall answered on May 25, 2020

No, debts assumed in one (ex) spouse's name only after the date of service of a divorce petition will be separate property of that individual.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Arizona on
Q: If I live in Arizona, and my wife and kids live in Virginia, is it true that I cannot file for divorce in Arizona?
Jay Hall
Jay Hall answered on May 25, 2020

No, it isn't true, but there are important limitations. You can file for divorce in Arizona if you've resided here for at least ninety days. Unfortunately the Arizona courts may not have any jurisdiction over the child custody issues. When there are no existing orders, interstate... Read more »

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