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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Immigration Law, Civil Litigation and International Law for Arizona on
Q: problems with One And The Same Person Affidavit

To obtain a second nationality (Italy) I need to show my family line back to my Italian ancestors. The ancestor in question and of interest is my grandmother (deceased). Her father (deceased) assumed a new last name, never having gotten it formally changed. The last name on his marriage certificate... View More

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answered on May 31, 2024

To file a One And The Same Person Affidavit for your Italian nationality application, you need to clearly establish the connection between the different names used by your ancestor. Start by gathering all relevant documents that show the use of both last names, such as birth certificates, marriage... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Immigration Law, Civil Litigation and International Law for Arizona on
Q: problems with One And The Same Person Affidavit

To obtain a second nationality (Italy) I need to show my family line back to my Italian ancestors. The ancestor in question and of interest is my grandmother (deceased). Her father (deceased) assumed a new last name, never having gotten it formally changed. The last name on his marriage certificate... View More

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answered on Jun 6, 2024

Navigating the complexities of Italian nationality law and the nuances of such affidavits can be challenging. It’s advisable to coordinate these legal matters with an attorney licensed to practice law in Italy. An Italian attorney will be well-versed in the specific requirements and procedures... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: My son was born in a different state. What are the steps for filing for "Joint Custody"?
Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on May 27, 2024

The first is to determine what state has jurisdiction.

For that we first look to what state is the home state. The home state is either

(1) the state your son was born in, if it's the only state he has ever lived in;

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(2) the state where he most recently...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Divorce for Arizona on
Q: I recently went thru a divorce in Az..In the decree we were ordered to split the debts owed

My ex isn't paying his share of debt ordered in our final decree.I have wanted to file contempt but there's no contempt papers on debts owed all I get is contact a lawyer..I'm not sure why cause it's a contempt on what the judge ordered...Can anyone explain this to me where I go from here

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on May 27, 2024

I certainly understand your frustration because it seems like contempt should be the right vehicle for your situation.

The answer to your question is complicated and confusing: Property division (which includes the allocation of debts) are not enforceable by contempt proceedings. They can...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Is it legal for a mother to keep children from the father for no reason?

No custody order or protections order

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on May 27, 2024

Your question gets into some legal complexities, but the short answer is that it is not illegal. I'm going to presume they are not married. If they are married, this question has a different answer.

Under Arizona's custodial interference statute, when a child is born out of...
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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

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 Child Support and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: I live in Maricopa county and I have a warrant out of Michigan for child support. What can I do to stop the extradition

If Michigan wants to extradite me and I did not sign the waiver for extradition what can I do to prevent it from going back to jail at and the governor signed the fugitive and warrant and I have a status conference? What should I do at this conference so I don't end up in jail?

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

If you have an outstanding warrant in Michigan and they are seeking to extradite you to face charges there, your options are limited. However, here is some advice:

1. Hire an attorney. You need legal counsel both in Arizona and Michigan to try to challenge the extradition and/or resolve the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: At a fugitive of justice hearing in Maricopa county and there's a status conference when I'm out on bond. What to expect

Hello maricopa county, I got arrested for a warrant out of Michigan for child support and I got bonded out now I have to go to a status conference. What should I expect at the status conference? Will they put me back in jail.

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

Here are a few key things you can expect at a status conference for a fugitive of justice case in Maricopa County:

- The judge will check in on the progress of getting you extradited back to Michigan to face the child support warrant. The prosecutor will update if Michigan has begun that...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Arizona on
Q: Is it possible to get married to the same person twice? Am I allowed to get two marriage certs to the same person?

The first one is basically an elopement for religious reasons which the other family doesn’t approve of and the second one is the big ceremony and party. We do want the second one to look as much as a wedding as possible

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

Yes, it is possible to have multiple marriage ceremonies with the same person. However, obtaining two marriage certificates for the same marriage is not typically allowed as it could be considered fraudulent or deceptive. Marriage certificates are legal documents that certify the marriage between... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Can a 12yr old be held in contempt for not visiting the non custodial parent when there is a court order

My child refuses to visit their father even though we have a court order that says she has too. She hasn't visited him in months and now he is saying he will get her held on contempt for not visiting. I have tried to get to go but she refuses and now says she will runaway and self harm if she... View More

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Feb 2, 2024

A 12-year-old cannot be held in contempt.

The 12-year-old is the subject of the Court order, but the Court has not ordered her to do anything. A Parenting Plan orders the parents as to what they are to do regarding to the child. Therefore, the 12-year-old has not violated the Court order...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Elder Law for Arizona on
Q: Is there a way to Revoke my sister's power of attorney for medical - negligent in her duties. Do not want guardianship

She has filed an order of protection against me and has stated she is not capable of taking care of my mother because she suffers from many ailments. I paid and spoke with an attorney and he said I did not have a strong case to try and seek guardianship trying to figure out what options I may have... View More

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

Revoking a power of attorney for medical decisions in Arizona typically requires specific actions and may depend on the terms of the original power of attorney document. Here are some steps to consider:

1. Review the Power of Attorney Document: Examine the power of attorney document to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: What are my after judgment options to file besides appeal in Arizona family court?

I got a judgment on Dec 19, 2023 and filed Rule 83 to alter amend. Motion was denied and clerk marked it on January 22, 2024. When is still timely to file notice of appeal?

Can I file Rule 84 and or 85?

How will filing Rule 84 and or 85 affect appeal timeline and deadline?

Rich J. Peters
Rich J. Peters
answered on Jan 25, 2024

You need to file your Notice of Appeal on or before the 30th day after the entry of the ruling on your rule 83 motion. You cannot be one day late. Although I don't know the specifics of your matter, and although there are exceptions to every rule depending on the circumstances, I expect that... View More

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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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Estate Planning for Arizona on
Q: My husband has a brain injury. I don't want him to get my money if something happens to me?

My daughter is on my checking and savings account and my husband is not.

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answered on Jan 11, 2024

In Arizona, if you wish to ensure that your husband does not inherit your money, it's important to have a clear estate plan in place. This can include a will or trust that specifies how you want your assets distributed upon your death.

Since your daughter is already on your checking...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Litigation and Juvenile Law for Arizona on
Q: My 16YO daughter stole from a makeup store, no cops, banned from the store. Now I have a bill in the mail from a lawyer?

They took her to the back office, Scottdale PD was not involved, they kept all times since they were not open but claim "losses". Now I have a bill for $ 312 for a civil claim. ARS 12-661/ 12-691 / 12-694 and 13-1805.

What are my options?

Brad Rideout
Brad Rideout
answered on Jan 5, 2024

Dad of teenage girls here.

If there was a pending criminal court case, I have advised parents pay the civil claim then successfully argue to the prosecutor the criminal case should be dismissed due to the "victim" agreeing to a misdemeanor compromise.

However, your...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Arizona on
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

Rich J. Peters
Rich J. Peters
answered on Jan 5, 2024

If the child has not lived in Arizona for the greater part of the last 6 months, then Arizona does not have “home state jurisdiction”. Currently, the matter would LIKELY have to be pursued in Ohio. I WOULD NEED TO KNOW MORE to determine if there are other theories that would allow Arizona... View More

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