Tag Archives: Arizona

Supreme Court Hears Key Adoption Case for Arizona

The U.S. Supreme Court heard an important adoption case on April 16. The case, captioned Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, involves complex issues of sovereignty and statutory construction, to say nothing of the high stakes element of a little girl’s … Continue reading

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Proposal Will Change Arizona Child Custody Law

A new piece of legislation in Arizona may require divorced parents to file notices with the court and serve their ex-spouse with the notices before moving. The bill, described by Bob Christie writing for the Associated Press (reprinted on azfamily.com … Continue reading

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Prenuptial Agreements in Arizona

A recent article in Huffington Post describes the circumstances surrounding the divorce of Peter and Elizabeth Petrakis.  Peter, reportedly worth $20-30 million, executed a prenuptial agreement with Elizabeth before the marriage, but a trial judge declared the agreement unenforceable due … Continue reading

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Spousal Maintenance in Arizona

One of the most complex and contested issues in a dissolution action is spousal maintenance.  Spousal maintenance, previously known as ‘alimony,’ is a court-ordered award of payments from the spouse with higher income to the other spouse, often for a … Continue reading

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Jurisdiction in Custody Hearings

When custody of a child comes under issue, whether in the context of a divorce, allegations of abuse, or some other dispute, determining which court should hear the matter is not always simple. This is complicated when the child’s parents … Continue reading

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Sperm Donor Expected to Pay Child Support

Reuters reports that the State of Kansas has filed a petition to declare a sperm donor the legal father of his genetic child in an attempt to make him pay child support. The donor, William Marotta, met privately with a … Continue reading

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The “Pregnant Man” Divorce

According to azcentral.com, Thomas Beatie, better known as “The Pregnant Man” is attempting to divorce his wife.  Unfortunately for Beatie, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge is uncertain whether he can hear the case. Under Arizona constitutional law, a marriage … Continue reading

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