September 2012 Archive
On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Divorce on September 26, 2012
Benjamin Franklin is usually credited with being the first to note that death and taxes are the only things certain in life. A cynic might add divorce to the equation, though the most often cited statistics indicate that just about half of all marriages result in divorce. While an Arizona divorce may not be a foregone conclusion, what is certain is that it will trigger some tax ramifications. Those negotiating a final settlement of their marital dissolution would do well to consider the potential impact on tax obligations going forward.
Continue reading Arizona divorce: Don’t forget about the tax consequencesGrandparents’ rights: The growing national debate continues
On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Grand Parents Rights on September 18, 2012
Grandparents’ rights are an issue of growing importance here in Arizona and across the country. Whether married or not, when parents separate or divorce the grandparents of any children involved often feel disenfranchised. Courts and legislatures have attempted to address the issue of grandparents’ rights for years, and a recent case stretching between two states underscores the fact that the debate continues.
The controlling law is based upon a U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized certain constitutional rights of parents to raise their own children. Despite that, one state near Arizona has had a grandparents’ rights statute on the books for at just about 20 years. A recent case pitting a mother against her own parents in another state has caused some to propose a new law seeking to restore the legal rights of parents. Others, however, claim the current law already accomplishes that.
Continue reading Grandparents’ rights: The growing national debate continuesArizona divorce: More couples signing postnuptial agreements
On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Divorce on September 13, 2012
We often hear about contracts signed between two people preparing to get married in Arizona. Called prenuptial agreements, these contracts envision what is to happen in the event the parties later decide to divorce. And with some estimates indicating that just about half of all marriages end in divorce, the notion of a prenuptial agreement has become more commonplace in our society.
Continue reading Arizona divorce: More couples signing postnuptial agreementsChild custody litigation: sexy costumes in pageants for tots bad?
On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Child Custody on September 4, 2012
An interesting child custody proceeding was set to go to trial in late August. Arizona readers may know about the dispute, which pits a beauty pageant-loving mother against an ex-con father. The mother has her young daughter participating in child beauty pageants and was featured last year on the popular reality TV show “Toddlers & Tiaras.” The father objects to what he refers to as the sexualizing of his young daughter and has requested that he be granted child custody. But he has a criminal record that includes a felony conviction, and is said to have been convicted on a number of occasions for DUI and endangering the welfare of a child.
Continue reading Child custody litigation: sexy costumes in pageants for tots bad?