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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: I want to modify my final custody order but I have moved to a new state. Can I have the order modified in new state?

Custody order was finalized in Florida, but I now live in Arizona. I want to modify my custody order here (Phoenix). Is it possible to modify it here without having to go to the originating state where the order was set?

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Mike Branum answered on Feb 24, 2021

Maybe.

The statute you are dealing with is called the UCCJEA. "U" stands for "uniform" because it has been adopted by all 50 states so that child custody and jurisdiction is (theoretically) handled the same regardless of which state the child is in. The state that has...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: My ex wife, who has custody of our 3 kids is moving them out of state without my consent.

Our court paperwork says she needs my written consent but she seems to think that because there has been a lapse in my child support payments, due to me switching jobs and trying to set up wage garnishment for months now (because the last time I tried to mail in my child support obligation it got... Read more »

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Mike Branum answered on Feb 24, 2021

Arizona law requires a 45-day notice, in writing, of intent to move out of state. Your parental rights are not directly tied to whether or not you are current with child support.

Child custody matters across state lines (and it sounds like there are three or more states involved in this...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law and Municipal Law for Arizona on
Q: When encountering a no trespassing sign does the act of trespass begin after passing the sign or before

if you are homeless and sitting on a curb in front of a fenced property where a sign is posted are you in violation of trespassing by just being near a sign or do you have to cross onto that property/pass the posted sign. Extendedly, if you are homeless and you are sitting on a curb/sidewalk... Read more »

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Mike Branum answered on Feb 23, 2021

Theoretically the trespass would occur when a person or objects breaks the plane over the imaginary property line. If the sign is directly over this line, then a person or object would have to extend onto the property past the sign before the actual trespass could be said to have occurred. If there... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Arizona on
Q: Is there Legal action I can take to prevent my father from stopping me from seeing my grandmother?

I have a video of him starting an argument with me and intimidating her while he was drunk the last time I had visited her. She says that anytime I come over in the past he treats her horrible. He is very abusive and aggressive towards her. She is handicapped in a wheelchair and had her leg... Read more »

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Mike Branum answered on Feb 15, 2021

If he is being abusive to your grandmother, you can make a report to adult protective services. If she is dependent upon him, there will need to be other family members willing to step up and do the things she has been counting on him to do.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Arizona on
Q: Can my plea deal be reversed if I violate the terms of my supervised probation?

I plead guilty to a plea agreement that dropped my indecent exposure (F6) charge to a disorderly conduct (M1) charge and dismissed two other indecent exposure charges (M1).

I plan on completing my probation I was sentenced to without issue however if I were to mess up and violate and have... Read more »

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Mike Branum answered on Feb 12, 2021

If you violate probation, you would be required to complete the underlying sentence suspended suspended when you were placed on probation. Your plea deal will not be undone.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Can my coparent prevent me from moving?

So I'm co parenting right now, we have nothing legal, nothing on paper and no court documents, everything is verbal. I'd like to move to a different town, nothing would change regarding my job because i'd transfer, or regarding my kids, i'd have them the same days I do now, only... Read more »

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Mike Branum answered on Feb 8, 2021

As long as you are not crossing any state lines, there is little she can do in Court to prevent you from moving or punishing you if you do so against her wishes. You really should attempt to negotiate an agreement with her if you can. Especially if you are not looking to go to Court. Maybe offer to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Utah on
Q: Can a child choose to live with dad. Even though he is on supervised visits issued by a judge.

2 years ago dad was put on supervised visits because he is an alcoholic. The mother began to let the kids go with their father without supervision and without going back to court. Now the 14 year old child wants to live with dad. Is that possible?

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Mike Branum answered on Feb 3, 2021

I'm having a sense of deja vu with this question. Possible? Almost anything is. Advisable? That depends on whether dad is still an alcoholic. If dad is still an alcoholic, mom lets the 14 year old go live with him, and anything happens to the child; mom could face both civil and criminal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Utah on
Q: Can a child choose to live with dad. Even though he is on supervised visits issued by a judge.

2 years ago dad was put on supervised visits because he is an alcoholic. The mother began to let the kids go with their father without supervision and without going back to court. Now the 14 year old child wants to live with dad. Is that possible?

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Feb 1, 2021

Possible? Almost everything is. Advisable? Probably not unless dad is a year sober. Legal? You have already set a precedent by allowing variations from the court order. If dad petitions the court, he could possibly get more visitation than the current order but it is much less likely that he would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Arizona on
Q: What if cops took my cell phones & illegally erased videos (evidence) from my phones WITHOUT A warrant
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Mike Branum answered on Feb 1, 2021

Illegal? Absolutely. Can you prove it? Maybe. It would require a previous backup to show what was there and a forensic examination of your phone to determine what was removed and when. You would need to be able to show that when the file was erased the phone was in police control.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: My daughter wants to move from colorado to arizona (she is 17 with a baby) she lives in colorado with her dad

Her mom lives in arizona. Can she do this without her Dads consent?

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jan 22, 2021

Technically, no. With less than a year until she becomes an adult, however, you could not get through the court process in time to do anything about it. You also must realize that the Court is going to give a lot of weight to the wishes of a 17 year old when making a determination. Unless there is... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: How can i file for an emancipation petition as a minor
Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jan 20, 2021

Copy and paste: https://www.azcourts.gov/selfservicecenter/self-service-forms/emancipation-of-a-minor

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: Can a child custody case be reopen if the father was granted full custody already
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Mike Branum answered on Jan 17, 2021

The short answer is yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Arizona on
Q: If someone is impeding your movement IE standing in a doorway and will not move after being asked, is it a violation of

IE standing in a doorway and will not move after being asked to move is it a violation of any Arizona state laws to attempt to push them aside? Also after attempting to push them aside is it a violation of the law for them to assault you and place you in a chokehold.

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Mike Branum answered on Jan 15, 2021

While you could potentially be guilty of assault criminally, you could potentially argue you had no choice but to touch the alleged victim in order to facilitate your escape from the situation (provided, of course, it was your only means of egress). Assaulting you and placing you in a chokehold... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Utah on
Q: What are the laws for non-biological parents and child custody?

My boyfriend has 3 girls from a previous marriage, two of them are non-biological and he never got to adopt them but they consider him their dad, it's been recently that they want to live with him. What are the laws on this? If he never adopted them but has been in their life since they were... Read more »

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Mike Branum answered on Jan 13, 2021

If the girls and their mother live in Utah, you can file an action for custody and visitation for persons other than parent (see Utah Code Annotated 30-5a-103). I do not believe there are any forms precisely on point on the Utah Court's self-help website... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Arizona on
Q: Stolen title, insurance fraud, and fraudulent title transfer

My ex stole my title, unsigned but yes with the bill of sale I was given showing proof of payment for said vehicle, it was MY title. my roommate signed said title and now is the owner of my vehicle. He doesn't have keys nor does he have the vehicle itself. I do. I need help. PLEASE

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Mike Branum answered on Jan 12, 2021

I would hope if you are posting here that you have already contacted law enforcement and they were of no assistance. If not, you should contact the law enforcement agency for the jurisdiction and file a criminal complaint.

If law enforcement involvement does not resolve your issue, you will...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: after a 15 year relationship but not married, do I need to do a legal separation, or do I need to do anything.
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Mike Branum answered on Dec 30, 2020

Only if the two of you have acquired real estate or other items of substantial value that you need to ensure are divided equitably. Barring that scenario, take with you the good memories and, hopefully, some lessons learned and move on. Leave all the bad memories and any resentment behind.... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: Can I write something out myself, giving my son's father sole custody, and then have it notarized, and give it to him?

We have an equal joint custody agreement in the state of Arizona.

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Mike Branum answered on Dec 30, 2020

There are a lot of things one CAN do and then there are the things one SHOULD do. You should file a joint petition with the Court (assuming the child's father agrees to his having sole custody) and have the Court issue a modified child custody order. Changing child custody and parenting time... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Arizona on
Q: Under what ground are you not assigned a lawyer in pinal County

I was long formed for shoplifting given a court date I went in and told the judge not guilty they assigned me another telephonic court date in which the County attorney presented information to me and gave me options one would include a plea and I don't understand any of it and I asked if a... Read more »

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Mike Branum answered on Dec 28, 2020

It is not uncommon in misdemeanor prosecutions for the Court to refuse to appoint counsel. You always have the right to counsel. You do NOT always have the right to court-appointed (and, therefore, paid for) counsel. Most states will not appoint counsel for a misdemeanor offense.

If you are...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Arizona on
Q: How to make sure my last wishes (to have sexual relations with my husband or others) (notarized in will) legal?
Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Dec 28, 2020

Your question does not make sense. If you have a legitimate question, I would suggest you attempt to express it in such a way that the attorneys on Justia are able to provide you with a response. Have a great 2021!

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Arizona on
Q: How do I go about getting a court appointed lawyer after receiving a citation?
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Mike Branum answered on Dec 21, 2020

Unless you are charged with a crime for which you could be sentenced to 366 or more days, you don't. The right to counsel attaches when the defendant faces more than a year in jail/prison. This is NORMALLY reserved for felony charges.

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