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Commemorating National Safety Month In June

At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, we are commemorating National Safety Month with a special offer for our clients.

For more than four decades, The National Center for Youth Law has worked to improve the lives of disadvantages children and youth. Taking the lead on various campaigns has helped to ensure that governmental systems truly provide the support young people need to thrive.

Accolades For New Attorney Asha Vora

"I learned so much from you about law and life and I carry those lessons with me always. This A-, which turned into my first law school 'A' grade, would not have been possible without you. I love you, boss, and am so lucky you hired me!" - Asha Vora

At our law firm, we continue to believe that our success begins and ends with our devoted staff who we consider family. They possess an unwavering commitment to not only succeed, but also improve the lives of our clients.

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A perfect legal storm: When 'custody' and 'guardianship' clash

What does it mean to have custody of a child as opposed to serving as guardian for that child when he or she becomes an adult? On the face of it, this might seem like a relatively simple question to answer.

In Minnesota, these two legal terms represent what amount to competing fronts. And, just as colliding hot and cold fronts make for severe weather, these competing legal fronts create rough seas for families of divorce because of certain generalities in the law.

Celebrate National Guide Dog Month with the DLP PLC family

DeShon Laraye Pullen's commitment to the community shows in her firm's funding of various charities. One cause in particular is close to the hearts of DeShon and the entire family at DLP PLC.

Follow Your Heart Animal Rescue where no breed is denied. The Mesa-based organization is "committed to preventing the unnecessary euthanization and abuse of abandoned and/or abused animals."

The financial implications of Gray Divorce

Life begins at 50. The fifties are the new forties. All are common sayings reaffirming that age is but a number. Life-changing decisions remain an option as fifty-somethings stand at the gateway of their “golden years.”

“Til death do you part,” is also a well-known, if not growingly antiquated phrase. Longtime statistics have revealed the vow to be more of an unfulfilled promise uttered during a marriage ceremony. A significant percentage wind up permanently parting from their spouse.

The Continuing Evolution Of Co-Parenting

Is the current evolution of parenting time agreements ignoring the best interests of children in favor of what is best for divorcing parents?

Several states are considering laws to do away with the traditional one-parent guardianship in favor of a more flexible, co-parenting model. In 2017, Kentucky led the way by enacting a law that provides both parents a more level playing field and does away with the “one day a week/every other weekend” default prominent in many custody agreements.

Embryonic Personhood Now Law In Arizona

In February, Arizona legislators in both houses passed SB 1393 that formalized the rights of parents to secure custody of in vitro embryos as part of divorce proceedings. The embryos would be developed to birth despite any protests by ex-spouses who do not want to have children.

The bill is now law as Gov. Doug Ducey signed it on April 4.

April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is an annual April observance created to raise awareness for a serious problem that shows no sign of ending. The annual commemoration started in 1983 and remains as important now as it was 35 years ago.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2015 saw 683,000 children victimized by neglect and physical abuse. Not only did that overall number grow 1.2 percent from the previous year, three key metrics involving referrals to and investigations by Child Protective Services also increased.

Celebrating A Successful National Reading Month

March's National Reading Month has ended for another year. The annual event that commemorates children taking their eyes off smart phones and tablets in favor of hard-copy books, appropriately falls on the birthday month of prolific author Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.

Early in March, DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC encouraged prospective and existing clients to bring in new children's books in exchange for a free initial consultation at our office or over the phone.

The Dawn Of Free-Range Parenting

Helicopter parenting is a well-known term for a certain style of raising children. It gained prominence in the early 2000s with baby boomers and their rearing of millennial offspring. Their style of "hovering" ranged from calling kids to wake them up every morning to taking the side of their students when the dreaded call home from teachers occurred.

That approach to parenting became so commonplace that a lack of hyper-protection became cause for alarm, if not a call to law enforcement.

Awards & Accolades

DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC and founding attorney DeShon Laraye Pullen received many prestigious honors, including: Small Firm of the Year, Family Law Litigator of the Year, selection to Arizona Super Lawyers and a Superb, 10.0 Avvo rating.

Rated by Super Lawyers | Deshon Pullen AVVO Rating 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Family AVVO Clients Choice 2012 | Family Super Lawyers Attorney At Law Magazine | Specialty Law Firm Deshon Pullen Sustain Member | Arizona's Finest Lawyers Top Lawyer 2013