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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: I live in Arizona, I'm having d.C.S issues they are getting in the way of my relationship with my wife

They took the kids. They are making me look like a bad guy. Everything is blamed on me. Just want to know why.

Aaron Brann
Aaron Brann
answered on Apr 29, 2024

In Arizona, the Department of Child Safety (DCS) typically intervenes in family situations when there are concerns about the safety and well-being of children. This can include allegations of neglect, abuse, or other harmful environments. If DCS has removed your children from the home, it's... View More

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Q: What is the legal age for emancipation?
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Q: Is a Divorce decree final if there are open unresolved matters and there is an RMC scheduled? When is a decree final?
Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Apr 15, 2024

A divorce decree is final in Arizona when all of the following criteria are met:

1. The Decree has resolved all issues related to the Petition for Dissolution.

2. The Decree states no matters remain pending.

3. The Decree states it is entered under Rule 78(c).

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: My brother is 16 years old and I'm wondering if I can win 50/50 with my father and take my mom's rights who is unfit?

My mom has a drinking issue and has not had my brother in school for 3 years now I've been fighting with her to put him in school I've been cooking food for him to eat buying food and supporting his needs and also supporting my mom because she does not have a job nor cares to clean I need... View More

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Apr 1, 2024

No. A non-parent cannot share custody with a parent. If you want to seek custody of your brother, you would have to show that both of his parents are unfit AND you would have to show that you stand in loco parentis to your brother (meaning, he treats like a parent and you have been acting as his... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: My ex wife ask for a ua that I provided the day she asked and another because she wanted it observed now she wants a hai

Hair folical too is this excessive ?

Rich J. Peters
Rich J. Peters
answered on Mar 15, 2024

A hair follicle exam can be a perfect way for you to alleviate any and every concern as it provides a historical assessment of your consumption of anything illegal. But, I would need to know more about your situation to determine whether her requests are excessive. Are there court orders in place... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: I just left Arizona with my three kids to escape my abusive ex and go back to our home in Ohio with all of our family

He got the police involved when he realized I left and is saying I kidnapped the kids. I know I’m doing the right thing for them but now I’m so scared that he will find us, take the kids, or I will get in trouble

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Mar 8, 2024

You need to obtain qualified family law counsel in Ohio and file for emergency jurisdiction under the UCCJEA (ask your lawyer). The sooner you can do this, the better.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: I need to decide when and how I should start obtaining full sole custody of my four-year-old daughter.

I experienced domestic violence with the biological father of my child. He told the child support judge he wanted nothing to do with my child and is currently in prison for a manslaughter charge due to a motor vehicle accident with a bicyclist that resulted in the death of said bicyclist. His... View More

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Jan 29, 2024

I recommend you go speak with an attorney who practices in the juvenile courts in Pima County ASAP about filing to terminate his parental rights. If you're going to do it, now is the time. If you don't terminate his rights, he can seek to establish his rights when he gets out of prison.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: Is it legal for my 11 year old son to be sleeping on a pull out couch in the same room as his dad and his gf?

My son stays with his dad about half the time. The thing is, he lives in a 2 bedroom apartment with a roommate and his girlfriend. My son has to sleep on a pull out couch in the same room as his dad and his dad’s girlfriend. My son is 11. We have had multiple conversations over the last couple of... View More

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Jan 22, 2024

The arrangement is not illegal.

There is a question of whether it is in your son's best interests. You could file a Petition to Modify, and then it's really up a judge. I think there's a good argument there, but it will really depend on how your judge feels about it. Some...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Should I request Child Support?

I want to ask for sole custody at a later date but would it backfire if I said I dont want child support or would it help my case? I also have another child from a different relationship. I have the children 10 months out of the year and he has them throughout the year but it equates to 2 mos. I... View More

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Jan 22, 2024

Asking or not asking for child support will have no impact on your custody case. The Court does not consider child support when determining custody, but once it determines custody, the amount of time awarded impacts the child support amount.

You should run numbers through an Arizona Child...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: Me ex girlfriend had a child and claims it's mine. Who has the right.to take the child?

Can I take the child legally

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Jan 17, 2024

She can. You can't.

Based on what you wrote, it doesn't sound like you are even a legal parent yet. A biological connection to the child, by itself, does not establish you as the child's legal parent in the eyes of the law. You have to either (1) sign an Acknowledgment of...
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Q: What’s the chance I get full custody in arizona? Left Ohio with my child to be close to my family for more support.

My child was born in Ohio she is now 5 months and we’ve been in arizona for a month. It was mutual for us to come to my home state and come back to Ohio but now I don’t want to come back. I have no support or anyone in Ohio besides father side family. I’d like to stay in arizona. We co parent... View More

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answered on Jan 2, 2024

In Arizona, as in other states, child custody decisions are primarily based on the best interests of the child. The fact that you moved to Arizona with the mutual agreement of the child's father and for the purpose of being closer to your family support system can be an important factor in... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: in Arizona: what constitutes "kidnapping" if the child is 14 yrs old and your grandchild?

My daughter called me in a panic telling me to pick up her son (my grandson) from school before CPS picked him up. She called the school and told them that I was on my way to get him and they had no problem letting me sign him out and leave with him. After he packed up some of his clothes she... View More

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answered on Dec 31, 2023

In Arizona, kidnapping is generally defined as knowingly restraining another person with the intent to hold the person for ransom, as a shield or hostage, or to inflict death, physical injury, or a sexual offense on the person, among other reasons. In the scenario you described, if you have your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Can I use current temporary orders in place of original petition in a divorce default hearing?

Husband was ordered to complete a drug program, drug testing, and psych evaluation that was not completed.

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answered on Dec 27, 2023

In the context of a divorce default hearing in Arizona, you may have the option to use current temporary orders, particularly if your husband has failed to comply with the court-ordered drug program, testing, and psych evaluation. The non-compliance with these orders could significantly impact the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: Pre trial statement sent yesterday , new evidence came to light today ,is there anything we can do ?

Dcs removed kids from mom in Feb for drug use , she was told to stay away from druggie boyfriend in order to have contact with the kids , custody trial is 12/4 pretrial statement was sent 11/29 .video of her at boyfriends house came to light today 11/30 anything we can do to submit evidence for... View More

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Nov 30, 2023

Yes, I would discuss it all involved ASAP and submit it to the Court as a Supplemental Exhibit ASAP as well. Be aware that the Court might reject it, but it's certainly worth a try. You will also want to review the Court's guidelines for how to submit video evidence.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: Is due process or civil rights violated if children are removed from parent but parent has not been allowed statefact?

Dcs removed children from parent but parent has not been interviewed or allowed to state facts before court was given the PPH report an children remain in dcs physical custody and stipulations for reunification have been given without the parent being allowed to defend themselves.

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answered on Dec 5, 2023

In Arizona, due process and civil rights are crucial elements in child custody cases involving the Department of Child Safety (DCS). If children are removed from a parent's care and the parent is not given an opportunity to present their side of the story before the court makes decisions, this... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: How can I obtain a new hearing due to a variety of circumstances?

Going through a divorce and in a custody battle with my husband. He is a functioning alcoholic and weedhead. In our Temporary Custody Hearing last Wednesday, the father was cross examined by his attorney and she asked if he smoked or drank and he said no. When court ended, I found a post on her... View More

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Oct 23, 2023

- MOTION TO REVIEW NEW EVIDENCE: The answer is probably no, but you can give it a try by filing a Motion for Reconsideration. You'll need to explain (1) why you don't produce this evidence at trial because the Court can't consider newly discovered evidence that could have been found... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: How do I secure spousal support in my divorce?

We have been married for 10+ years. I experienced a significant amount of domestic abuse in the marriage and left the home 18 months ago. I left our 10 year old with his father as my husband ruined my credit and finances. My husband now makes twice as much as I do. He makes so much now that he has... View More

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Oct 23, 2023

You can file a motion for temporary spousal maintenance and ask to receive spousal maintenance while the case is pending. You can also for temporary custody (or, more specifically, temporary legal decision-making and parenting time) and an interim award of attorney's fees.

Domestic...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: I refused to deliver my daughter to father due to mental breakdown, now im in contempt but im protecting her from abuse.

We had a hearing and despite my evidence that we are victims and father has a significant history of domestic violence and abuse, plus procedural errors like allowing another person to advise father (off camera) and speak during the hearing while on zoom, not allowing me time to present my case,... View More

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Oct 9, 2023

Sounds like your best option is probably to going to be filing a Motion for Reconsideration.

The standard for dismissing a judge for bias is so high that you are very unlikely succeed. I do not recommend going that route.

If you have evidence Father lied, present it and let it speak...
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