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What to Say to Kids About Divorce

Posted on : February 14, 2017, By:  Christopher Hildebrand
What to Say to Kids About Divorce

What to Say to Kids About Divorce It is difficult enough raising children in a loving and functional family environment, but throw in a divorce and the ensuing drama could take on a life of its own. Divorce is hard and you may not know what to say to kids about divorce. It’s even harder […]

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Surname of an Unmarried Couple’s Child in Arizona

Posted on : February 14, 2017, By:  Christopher Hildebrand
Surname of an Unmarried Couples Child in Arizona

Surname of an Unmarried Couple’s Child in Arizona For many years, it was the tradition for a child born to a married couple to take the surname of the father. Did this tradition give the father a protectable paternity rights in Arizona? In Laks v. Laks, 540 P.2d 1277 (Ariz. Ct. App. 1975) the Arizona […]

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Time Limit to Establish Paternity in Arizona

Posted on : February 14, 2017, By:  Christopher Hildebrand
Time Limit to Establish Paternity in Arizona

Time Limit to Establish Paternity in Arizona An Arizona statute, A.R.S. § 12-631, sets a one-year period that an unmarried woman can bring a paternity suit against a putative father. Does this limitations statute apply to paternity actions brought under other state statutes? In State v. Christensen, 508 P. 2d 366 (1973) the Arizona Court […]

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Changing a Child’s Surname in Arizona

Posted on : February 13, 2017, By:  Christopher Hildebrand
Changing a Childs Surname in Arizona

Changing a Child’s Surname in Arizona In Arizona in yesteryear, a father had a protected interest in his child bearing his surname. Is this still the law in Arizona despite the arrival of parenting equality? Is the illegitimacy of a child relevant to the question? In Pizziconi v. Yarbrough, 868 P.2d 1005 (Ariz. Ct. App. […]

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Jurisdiction for Dependency Petitions

Posted on : February 13, 2017, By:  Christopher Hildebrand
Jurisdiction for Dependency Petitions

Jurisdiction for Dependency Petitions Under the Uniform Child Custody Act, a child’s domicile is usually that of his parents. Domicile at the beginning of a case determines the court’s jurisdiction. That is, if parents and child live in Arizona at the beginning of a case, Arizona has jurisdiction. What happens if parents live in Arizona […]

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