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November 2013 Archives

2 daughters allowed to stay in Arizona in custody battle

A couple's two daughters are currently the subject of a battle between a mother, now in Mexico, and the father, living in Arizona with the children. The most recent development in the child custody dispute involves a federal appeals court ruling that the children, at least for now, should stay with the father in Arizona. The court rejected the mother's argument that an international convention addressing the subject of child abduction gave her an unquestionable right to have the children returned to her in Mexico.

Divorced parents should discuss disaster plans

Around 50 percent of all marriages in Arizona and nationwide ultimately end in divorce. And a lot of those marriages involve children, who wind up primarily living with one parent in most cases, but who may be staying with the other for a visit at a particular time. This may result, when natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes or flood occur, in the children being in the thick of it based on the happenstance of which parent they are currently staying with. Following a divorce, when such natural disasters strike the safety, health, and very survival of children may depend on the advance disaster preparedness of the household under whose roof they happen to be sleeping at the time.

Custody battle over kids taken to Argentina

Child custody battles are tough and emotionally draining, even when parents are in the same town. Imagine then the emotions and frustrations arising in an ongoing child custody fight in which the father is in the U.S. and the mother has fled to Argentina, taking her two young daughters with her. The trip to Argentina occurred over three years ago, and the two girls are now seven and four. During that time, the father says he has only seen pictures of his children but has not been able to visit with them.

Prenuptial agreements helpful in a divorce

Couples in Arizona getting a divorce who already have a prenuptial agreement in place may often find the divorce process a bit easier. A majority of divorce attorneys say that they have seen an increasing number of couples using such agreements in recent years. Given the large number of marriages that end in divorce, such preparation can be considered prudent.

Advocates for children in custody cases add to expense

Child custody cases in Arizona and nationwide are emotional and can be drawn out. Often adding to the complexity and expense of a child custody battle is the role of a court-appointed advocate who is supposed to speak out for the independent interests of a child. Most people acknowledge that in the vast majority of cases, even those that are hotly contested, both parents sincerely have the child's best interests at heart. However, the child's advocate, known as a guardian ad litem (for purposes of the litigation) can speak for the child's interests, with no duty to advocate for either parent.

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