Child Custody

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Federal and State Tax Exemptions for Dependent Children: Who gets to claim them?

This article explains how you can figure out who gets to claim your children on your taxes, you or your former spouse.


How to Represent Yourself in Maricopa Family Court Part 2: Default Through Discovery

In part two, we will discuss how to represent yourself in Default Proceedings and through Discovery.


How to Represent Yourself in Maricopa County Part 1: Initial Filings

This is the first in a multi-part segment on “How to Represent Yourself in Maricopa County Family Court." This section provides information about an initial filing in Family Court.


What is a Court-Appointed Advisor and what is his or her function in a Family Law case?

What is a Court-Appointed advisor and what is his or her function in a Family Law case? This article will define the difference between a Child's Attorney, Best Interest Attorney and a Court-Appointed Advisor and how they are used in the court system.


What Is Parental Alienation Syndrome and Why Does It Matter?

Learn about  Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) and why it may matter to you and your child.


Where to Find an Attorney for Specific Legal Advice

 All legal service programs in Arizona differ, and their criteria for accepting cases vary as well. Find out what programs are available and where to go for assistance.


Model Parenting Time Plans for Parent/Child Access

Raising children presents challenges for all parents. The following information will help parents reach agreements about parenting time (access) with their children.

by: Arizona Supreme Court, Court Services Division

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Things You Should Know about Custody and Parenting Time

This article provides general information about custody and parenting time. Questions about specific situations should be discussed with an attorney.

by: Arizona Supreme Court, Court Services Division

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Related Questions


Question: We have 50/50 joint custody and joint decision making. Can one parent refuse to let the other parent be the first option of watching their own children?
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Question: I am an unwed mother, who filed for restraining order against the father, a few months after the birth of our son. I understand that I am legally the sole custodian until we establish paternity. The father is in the birth certificate. If let’s say, I lost all contact and have no idea where the father is since we had a restraining order, how will I reach him if I decide one day to go to court and file abandonment and hope to obtain a sole custody written court order?
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Question: Can I move out of state with my 7 year old son? I was never married to his father and he doesn’t pay me monies for my son’s support. The father has been in jail for violating probation for drug use.
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Question: I want to leave the state and go to Nevada with my daughter but her dad tells me it’s illegal and if I do it I’ll be in trouble. Is this true? We were never married, he is on her birth certificate.
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Question: I have 50/50 custody w my son who is 13 but he wants to live full time w me. How do I go about requesting the change? I know my son will run away if he's forced to be at his dads house. Please advise, I am extremely worried.
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