Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
Arizona Family Law Questions & Answers
1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: Where do i get the form to file for arrears modification
Peter W Davis
Peter W Davis answered on Oct 26, 2020

There is no specific form for this. The law library has a self service area which should contain blank motion forms that you can ask the court to do anything including modify arrears. I have also seen pro-per litigants use the child support modification form to modify arrears only.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: How do i put in a request to modify arrears payment and request forgiveness on the interest.
Peter W Davis
Peter W Davis answered on Oct 26, 2020

I am assuming you are asking this in regards to child support arrears. Modifying an arrears payment requires a motion to modify through the Court. Forgiving the interest is a trickier question and may depend on whether your case is classified IV-D or not. The interest on arrears generally belongs... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: How do I file a request to modify arrears payments and a request to forgive the interest on arrears
Peter W Davis
Peter W Davis answered on Oct 26, 2020

I am assuming you are asking this in regards to child support arrears. Modifying an arrears payment requires a motion to modify through the Court. Forgiving the interest is a trickier question and may depend on whether your case is classified IV-D or not. The interest on arrears generally... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: My court papers say holiday time takes over regular scheduled time. What happens if its my weekend and my holiday?

My parenting time is from 4pm Friday to 5pm Sunday. Holiday is from 6pm Friday to 10 am Sunday. Do I get my child late and return him early or do I just do my normal parenting time even though the holiday falls through my weekend?

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Oct 23, 2020

The BEST approach is always to resolve any dispute with your co-parent. The fact that you are on here asking this question leaves the impression that you and your child's other parent are not successfully communicating regarding custody issues. In the absence of the ability to treat each other... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: How can I recieve help with filing for contempt of a Divorce Decree.
Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Oct 7, 2020

If you are in Kileen, Texas, it will be very difficult for you to get personal assistance in your case unless you are hiring an attorney (I presume when you say "help" you are looking for legal assistance without cost). It is difficult to provide much more specific advice because there... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: Do we even have a leg to stand on?

My incarcerated brothers son was taken away from mother into dcs and placed with the mothers step mother. child protective services didnt try to contact paternal family or the father. There was a scheduled meeting that we attended that was found out from a friend an hour before it was scheduled.... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Oct 2, 2020

Unless you had a strong "parent-like" relationship with the child, you face an uphill battle challenging the CPS placement. There are a LOT of unanswered questions here which an Arizona family law attorney would need answered in order to provide you the assistance you need. Unless the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Am I entitled any part of the family owned business.

I was the bosses daughters boss at another job. We ended up getting married but before we got married, the dad asked me to come work for him. I worked there for 16 yrs and ran the place for 10-12 yrs. Parents of wife said that I would always have job if we ever got divorced. Part of the business... Read more »

Ilene L McCauley
Ilene L McCauley answered on Sep 21, 2020

The laws of community property may apply here if your husband had any rights in business. Your divorce attorney can obtain information on ownership of the company. Information may also be available on the ACC website if the business is an Arizona entity. I would strongly recommend you go online... Read more »

View More Answers

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: I would like to know how and if there is a way to address current child support order.

I struggled to obtain a well paying job last year, I was let go once and I was out of a job for a few months, currently with COVID my income was affected. The first child support order was at $345 when I was consistently earning a decent income, but I no longer work there and my hours fluctuate,... Read more »

Peter W Davis
Peter W Davis answered on Sep 18, 2020

Child support can be modified in Arizona at anytime upon a showing of substantial change in circumstances. This can be done by one of 2 methods, a simplified modification where you file, serve the other party and if they don't request a hearing the Court orders your modification. There is a... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Who can you file fraud upon the court in family court with? What court would handle this type of petition ?
Jay Hall
Jay Hall answered on Sep 8, 2020

Unfortunately it isn't clear what type of fraud you are alleging. Generally speaking, fraud claims need to be raised in the family court and within six months of the judgment or order procured by fraud. You may want to consult directly with a family lawyer to provide the additional context... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: What does this child support worksheet shall be controlling as to unreimbursed medical expenses mean?

my daughters father is to pay zero in child support. We just recently went to court and the worksheet says zero. I'm responsible for her insurance, im just not sure what that means. Before he was responsible for 50% of un covered medical. Does this now mean he's not responsible for that.

Jay Hall
Jay Hall answered on Sep 8, 2020

It likely means that the proportionate income assigned to both parents will control the division of those expenses, but you may want to review your decree with an attorney to be certain.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Elder Law for Arizona on
Q: What is " Power of Attorney " for?

Well what rights does that give you ? An under what what kind of circumstances would it be used for?

Ryan K Hodges
Ryan K Hodges answered on Sep 8, 2020

"Power of Attorney" is a term commonly used for a legal arrangement where one person (the principal) gives legal authority to another person (the agent) to make certain decisions or to do certain acts on behalf of the principal. A power of attorney can be general to cover many... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Divorce and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Divorce and dogs

I am 20 years old and live with my mother. My dad is going through a terrible divorce with my ex step mom. On December 4,2018 my step mom moved out of the house, leaving both of the dogs behind. I was in love with one of the little dogs and wanted to take it in as my own To live with me at my moms... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Sep 5, 2020

You will be hard-pressed to get an attorney to say with certainty that you could never be ordered to surrender the animal, I will say, however, that it is unlikely. First, she abandoned the animal and animals are considered property. Second, your father can likely only be held responsible for the... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: Attempting to modify child support order. Ex is remarried; does the new spouses' income affect the income calculation?

Together, they make a substantial income compared to pre-remarriage. When I use the online calculator, am I still to only user the ex's income only, or am I to find out what they make as a household income combined, and use that figure?

Peter W Davis
Peter W Davis answered on Sep 3, 2020

Parties income alone is what is generally used, not household income. However, there is something called the self support reserve that is discretionary which could reduce child support due to low funds. The judge can choose not to apply the self support reserve if a party has additional resources... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Is it possible to modify child support\spousal maintenance on my own? I lost my job due to Covid-19

The spousal maintenance is "non-modifiable", I have paid 11 out of the 24 required months. The Child support does not mention whether it is modifiable or not.

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Aug 25, 2020

While it is possible, your focus, at this point, should be on regaining employment. Your unemployment is, or at least should not be, a permanent change in your financial situation. Once you are again employed, you can input your new income figures into the child support calculator to determine if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: In Arizona a coworker keeps talking about the drugs he does, he has 3 kids is it illegal for me to tape him? For police

He keeps talking about "the big ol rocks" he's gunna buy with his check and I've seen him myself smoke drugs outside work. Also can I use the tape to call department of child services?

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Aug 25, 2020

Arizona is a one-party consent state when it comes to recording conversations between two individuals. If you and another party are having a conversation, it is legal for you to record the conversation. It is NOT legal to record a conversation between two other parties unless one of the parties has... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: If you have 50/50 no child support each parent pays for the clothing, food, shelter while the child is in their care,

Can The other parent try to take the father to court if the father marries a new partner with children? I was never married to my sons mother, now I am getting married and she is saying she will take me to court for child support if I do. My soon to be wife does make good money but she also... Read more »

Peter W Davis
Peter W Davis answered on Aug 20, 2020

Child support can be established at any time the parties are living apart. It can also be modified at anytime upon a showing of substantial and continuing change in circumstances.

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 »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: I was awarded the home but had until 2012 to refinance and take ex off deed. how do i file to change that date to now

I just need to change that date that was set for 2012 so i can use the decree now

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Aug 18, 2020

If I understand your question correctly there is nothing to change on your decree. If the property was in both your names prior to 2012 and you were awarded the property in the decree, you need to have your ex execute a warranty deed and you need to refinance the house. Neither of those require... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: The other parent is trying to say I need to drop of my child at her house for school because she feels

He wouldn’t get the help here can she do that

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Aug 2, 2020

These are unprecedented times. We have never seen school closures like this before. My best advice is to try to peacefully resolve this. You, your ex, your son: you all have a lot more stress in your daily lives due to the panic over this virus. Why add to it? You should both be engaged in his... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: My daughter lives in Glendora CA She is wanting a divorce. Can she move to AZ with the kids? he works in LA she online.

4 minor children 8yr to 14. Husband has anger issues and has physically harmed the children in past. She wants to move to AZ as she can afford to care for the children better then in CA. She is willing to drive them out to visit their dad. Counseling has started and husband admits he has anger... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 22, 2020

You present one of those cases where there is a specific legal answer and then there is what is likely in the best interests of your daughter and grandchildren. To avoid any potential legal problems, your daughter should file for separation in California and request leave of the Court to relocate... Read more »

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.