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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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: If I have a 50/50 court order nochild support (each parent pays for the 3 1/2 days we both have the child) will I have

To Pay child support once I get married? (Me and the mother were never married)

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 22, 2020

You should not be required to pay child support because you would basically be paying yourself since you and your new wife would share the marital estate. You should request the Court vacate the child custody and child support order once the marriage is official. The order will remain in place... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Civil Litigation for Arizona on
Q: Hello! In Arizona to file a motion for a change of venue what are things I should include and not include?
Jay Hall
Jay Hall answered on Jul 20, 2020

We can't really offer any specific instruction for document preparation. But you can review A.R.S. § 12-406 for general requirements for motions to change venue. Generally speaking, cases involving child custody should be heard in the county in which the child primarily resides. If there... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: my sons mother hasnt seen him in 4 years what would i need to get full custody? theres a joint custody already on file
Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 20, 2020

You would need to file for a modification of child custody, child support, and parenting time in the court where the joint custody order was issued. Explain that you have had sole responsibility for the past four years and the mother has not made any attempts to exercise any parenting time. You... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Ex husband but back together bin rehab for pool accident can he change me to his power of Atty from his daughter

Change PowerPoint Atty while in rehab for PT and speech therapy

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 16, 2020

As long as he is competent to make that decision, he can change his power of attorney to whomever he pleases.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: I’m self representing my case in family law and have no family law background. I’m an MBA. I have to deal with this

Wacky , vexatious litigator as opposing counsel. She filed an IAH on me without telling them I am self representing . She also failed to provide me evidence I requested in discovery prior to filing this injunction as she’s trying to deprive me my constitutional right to write as a noted author... Read more »

Jay Hall
Jay Hall answered on Jul 14, 2020

I can understand your frustration, but frankly nothing you provided sounds unusual. You do not have a constitutional right to publish information about a family law case. Family courts regularly seal records to prevent dissemination of sensitive information. This is explicitly allowed by the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Is there a law in AZ on how far a parent can live from a childs school?

My ex and I have 50/50 joint custody that we agreed upon in 2017 in mediation, before that I had full custody and he had alternative weekends. I have final descion making. He moved 50 miles away from me/the children's school. I am primary residential parent and have been since 2016 divorce.... Read more »

Jay Hall
Jay Hall answered on Jul 14, 2020

No, there is no law that imposes any maximum distance or commute time. It would be your burden to prove specifically how the commute is detrimental and that the detriment is more significant than any detriment that would result from modification of the parenting schedule. Based only on what you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Real Estate Law for Arizona on
Q: I ended a relationship and both our name are on the mortgage. How do i either sell the home or get off the mortgage

She believes the house is hers alone and that i was only there as long as she agreed to it.

Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby answered on Jul 13, 2020

I am assuming that you and your ex did not have a domestic partnership agreement or other written agreement concerning the assets acquired during the course of your relationship. Absent such an agreement, and generally speaking, if your name is on the Deed to this home in addition to the mortgage,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: My wife wants a divorce, we are in AZ and says if I don’t move out, she will with our 19 month old son. Can she legally?

As of this afternoon, I checked myself into a hotel to calm the situation down in the house. There has been no physical altercations in the place I’ve never been involved.

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 12, 2020

The short answer is yes. One of you needs to file and you need to establish temporary custody orders so that you both know what your rights are concerning custody and visitation.

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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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Me and my sons mother have 50/50 joint custody. She hasnt seen him in 4 years what can i do and what is the process to

file for full custody?

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 7, 2020

You will need to file a petition (or motion, depending on which state the current custody agreement was issued in) in the jurisdiction where the custody agreement was filed. You will have the opportunity to explain that she has not seen her child in four years and that you should have sole custody.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: child abuse multidisciplinary account fee"Does that mean there was child abuse involved

The new girlfriend of my step daughter had a divorce in 2009 and one of the charges on docket said "child abuse multidisciplinary account fee" on it. Does that mean there was child abuse involved? And is that something that can make that person be prohibited from seeing my step daughter?

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 6, 2020

No and no. The "Child Abuse Multidisciplinary Account Fee" is like a 911 tax on your cell phone bill - just another sneaky way government has found to take your tax dollars and divert them into a government program which may or may not actually benefit anyone outside of government.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: I’m 17 and turn 18 in 3 months with a job would I be able to move out without being forced to move back in?
Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 6, 2020

I cannot envision how you could be forced to move back in. If you have a safe place to live and are not otherwise breaking any laws, law enforcement is unlikely to attempt to force you to return to the residence where your parent or guardian lives.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: I've court on july21 but they still haven't served him this is the second time they have tried to contact him. Whatsnext
Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 6, 2020

You will need to show up for your court date and ask the Court for permission to perform service by publication. There are very specific rules for service by publication which must be followed (Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure 4.1(l), that's a lower case "L") and you must mail a copy... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Q: I live in Ca. I Have joint custody of my kid who lives between CA and AZ. I want equal physical time. Where do I start?

I was married in CA in 2009. Moved to AZ and bought a house with ex husband in 2010 with newborn. Filed for divorce myself with no lawyer in 2011 and it was granted 9/2012. The divorce decree and parenting plan is archaic and based on the naivety of a young me in my 20s who somehow thought I could... Read more »

John R Gaertner Jr
John R Gaertner Jr answered on Jul 5, 2020

It would be necessary to review all of your current court orders and the Decree to adequately provide advice on your current issues. There appears to be grounds to review and request changes to your current Legal Decision Making and Parenting Time Orders. There has been at least 5 years since your... Read more »

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?

Jay Hall
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 Child Custody and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Will judge allow me to relocate with my child if husband is joining Army?

I have sole legal decision and sole physical custody of my daughter my ex had supervised visits every other Saturday my ex husband is 16,000$ behind in child support, has domestic violence charges but wants 50/50 custody now (after he has gone two years without seeing her) will I be able to move... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 2, 2020

Possibly, but you WILL need to petition the Court to modify your current child custody order. You will have to make a case to the Court that your move is in your child's best interests. The fact that the ex has not been availing himself of his right to parenting time and is in arrears will... Read more »

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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

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 1, 2020

As I advise clients on a regular basis, you can take someone to court for just about anything. Getting the court to make you pay for half his travel costs is another matter. You are under no obligation to assist your ex with his travel expenses. If he cannot afford to pay for his own travel... 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 .
Jay Hall
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.

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