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0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: Is there lawyers that can help fight against dcs?

My sister has 2 children both different dads her son(3) his dad was raided and they found cocaine and weed and pills in his house and my nephew slept through the whole raid so dcs decided to drug test him and he was positive for methamphetamines cocaine and thc his levels were really high and they... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: Can I sue my parents or something for leaving me outside while they went on a week long trip? Even after 4 years?

I was told by them that since I was not to be trusted in the house because of a incident that didn't have to do with being in the house. Was the fact I was neglected and finding a way to help relieve stress. (Taking my prescription and trying to get a higher effect.). They said that I would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: My significant other of 9 yrs. Daughter is claiming that my dad who has been deceased and I have sexually assaulted her.

I have a child of 7 with my partner. I have not been contacted by any officials for 11 days now. They have not as much as called me.

Steven Scharboneau
Steven Scharboneau
answered on Oct 27, 2022

These types of allegations are very serious and can have life altering consequences. If you are being accused of this, I highly recommend reaching out to an Arizona criminal defense attorney to discuss your options right away. Most of us on here (myself included) will discuss your case with you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Litigation and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: Is drug addiction considered a disability and can parents rights be terminated based on drug use?

Rehabilitation efforts were unsuccessful at times but rights were terminated while parent was still engaged in services

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Sep 29, 2022

I have never heard of drug addiction being described as a disability. The ADA does not contain a list of disabilities, but rather defines disabilities as follows: "A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: How to know if my unmarried son is on his daughters birth certificate?

I live in Arizona and my granddaughter was born In Yavapai County and my unmarried son and the mother signed all appropriate forms before leaving the hospital to acknowledge paternity and the birth certificate application. Will he be on my granddaughter’s birth certificate?

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Feb 2, 2022

Your son SHOULD be on the birth certificate. To find out for sure, just have him request a copy of the birth certificate (you can request a copy if you want to submit a copy of HIS birth certificate). If he is on the birth certificate, they will send him a copy. If he is NOT on the birth... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Juvenile Law and Probate for Arizona on
Q: Dad had temporary legal decision making but went to prison my rights fully intact, can I go get my kids from the Stepmom

My rights are fully intact and dad is now in prison and the stepmother is not letting me see or speak to my children can I get the cops and go get my kids

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Jan 17, 2022

I think just showing up and taking the kids would do more harm than good, and most likely, the police aren't going to assist you; they will instead tell you that you need to go file with the Court.

If I were you, I'd file a Petition to Modify Legal Decision-making, Parenting...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: daughter wants disowned from father We are still married concerns her health as future trans patient He won't help

Any advice would be helpful. She has felt this way for years. I believe this is who she/ he is. He does not agree. He will not help her. It has taken a toll on her mentally and physically.

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Dec 2, 2021

Not sure if we are discussing an adult child or a child who remains a minor. I am going to answer assuming this is an adult child. The only thing he is required to do for an adult child is to provide her health insurance information until she reaches age 26 (I believe, I am not an expert on health... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: In az a minor 16 or older may marry someone that is no older then 3 yrs older then you would 3yrs 1 month be okay or no

I have parent consent and I would just like to know if they are 3 years and 1 month older then me would it be okay to do or is it strictly 3 years and below so I can go get my marriage license with my mom

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Aug 25, 2021

Three years is three years, not three years and one month. I am going to be blunt. The level of maturity demonstrated with the crafting of this query does not give readers any confidence that you have achieved the necessary life skills to make a decision of this magnitude with or without a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: What would be the consequences of a 17 year old who takes advantage of older men and ends up getting them in trouble

Playing the victim and letting these men think beforehand that it was love and was trusted even at times being lied to saying they were an older age. Sending pictures and instigating it

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Aug 6, 2021

I cannot think of any earthly consequences, civilly or criminally. The burden is on the "older men" to be wise enough not to be ensnared by any wily 17-year-olds. Once a male present in the State of Arizona turns 19, anyone under 18 is off limits.

Any female "sending pictures...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: How many months is considered abandonment in arizona?
Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Jul 20, 2021

Six months.

The standard for abandonment in Arizona is found in ARS 8-531(1), which reads: ""Abandonment" means the failure of a parent to provide reasonable support and to maintain regular contact with the child, including providing normal supervision. Abandonment includes...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Social Security for Arizona on
Q: If I’m 17 and in Arizona and I run away to Chicago can my parents do anything about it?

Which state’s laws have the most jurisdiction in this situation? I know that in Illinois if a 17 year old voluntarily runs away the police will not force them home because It was voluntary, does that apply to this Scenario?

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore
answered on Jul 8, 2021

I am not an Arizona attorney. However, your question raises issues that you will need to consider for your personal safety and survival. It will take you a couple minutes to read, but it may save your life.

1- Be absolutely sure you need to leave home now. If your parents are causing you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: I have an in-home intervention w/court oversight with DCS. If I give my Brother guardianship will Dcs close the case
Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Jun 14, 2021

The short answer is no. DCS will likely keep the case open until they are confident there is no longer a concern that the child(ren) will be abused or neglected. Merely giving your brother guardianship is not extremely reassuring; particularly because it is your brother and DCS will likely consider... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: Where can I find an experienced family defense lawyer for my dcs case

My boys are in dcs custody. They were taken while n the care of another. With false aligations. What do I do.

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Jun 9, 2021

I don't handle DCS cases, but I can refer you to some attorneys who do. Feel free to give me a call, and I'll pass their names and numbers along.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: Can my parents legally keep my money after I move out?

My mom started a savings account for me when I first started working and has been taking all of not most of my paycheck (against my will) and putting it in the savings account. Now that I’m 18 and moving out she still refuses to give me the money saved up under the grounds of “I don’t trust... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Aug 18, 2020

Wages earned while a minor may be controlled by a parent. Obtaining the age of majority does not change the nature of those wages any more than it truly makes one an adult other than in the eyes of the legal system. Children are extremely rarely able to earn a wage which could contribute more than... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Libel & Slander for Arizona on
Q: I want to press charges for perjury but the person I would go to the Attorney General is the defendant's lawyer already

Perjury is a criminal offense. To press charges you would make a police report and go to the Attorney General. However, in the case where the person committed the perjury the lawyer for that person is the Attorney General. So me going to the Attorney General would be a conflict of interest so how... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Aug 17, 2020

If I understand you correctly, you are accusing someone in the attorney general's office of perjury or possibly accusing a state employee in their official capacity of perjury. Either way, it is almost certain that the person you are wishing to have charges pressed against for perjury would be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: .my parental rights just got terminated and now they're moving to the adoption process what can I do for my case
Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Jul 12, 2020

Likely not much. Since your rights have been terminated, you are no longer an interested party in the adoption proceeding. Am attorney would need a lot more information to evaluate whether anything can be done at this point. I can assure you that without extremely competent local counsel, you will... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Arizona on
Q: A teenager molested a child for three years straight 6 years ago, Is there hope to get justice for that now? Arizona.

The Child was 8 and the Teen was 13 when it began. The last time it happened was when the child was 11 and the Teen was 16. It happened 6yrs ago so the child is 17 now and the teen should be 22. The dude has a young daughter now and we’re so scared he might do something to her. We don’t know if... Read more »

Zachary Divelbiss
Zachary Divelbiss
answered on Apr 16, 2020

If you are reporting a crime, you need to contact your local law enforcement agency.

Arizona felonies have a statute of limitations of seven years. However, certain crimes, such as this, may fall into a certain category where there is no statute of limitations. I will not go into further...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: I have a dcs case in arizona and it's super complicated...

I gave birth at home. It was planned, my second all natural birth. She came at 37 weeks just like my previous daughter. She was pink she cried she nursed she pooped. We went to sleep when I awoke she was not breathing. Called 911. Was told at hospital she had died. Then I was held in the room where... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Jan 14, 2020

First, I cannot imagine what you are going through. I wish you the strength to weather this storm, the patience to deal with the government bureaucracies, and the resiliency of spirit to bounce back from this ordeal when you reach the other side.

Unfortunately, unless you can afford an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: I’m dating a 18 year old and I’m 17 and my parents want to put him in jail can they do that?

Me and my boyfriend were dating for three months prior to him turning 18. Recently, we were at my house and were messing around play fighting and he accidentally damaged my room causing my mom to believe that he hits on me. I dismounted the allegations and she now wants to end my relationship and... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Jan 9, 2020

First, if he ever DOES physically, emotionally, or mentally abuse you; leave and do not look back. You deserve better. Period.

You ARE considered a minor in Arizona, but the fact that he is less than 2 years older than you and under the age of 19 makes it almost certain the prosecutor would...
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