September 2017 Archive

The time is now to update Arizona’s outdated family law statutes

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Child Custody on September 26, 2017

Updating Arizona’s laws to reflect same-sex couples’ rights to marry has been slow in coming. The language reflects a different time with references to husbands, fathers, and even gestation periods.

A recent ruling by the state’s Supreme Court gave the effort a much-needed boost.

After their 2008 marriage in California, Kimberly and Suzan McLaughlin made Arizona their home. As they began their new life, they decided to have a child through an anonymous sperm donor. Kimberly carried the child and the couple had a son in 2011. Suzan stayed at home with the baby while Kimberly resumed her career as a physician.

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A son taking the direct approach in pursuing child support

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Child Custody on September 19, 2017

While children have a voice in their parents’ divorce, their “best interests” revolve around custody and visitation matters. They benefit from child support. However, strict, statutory calculations dictate the specific amount of money set aside to provide for their basic needs.

Historically, money for child support goes to the custodial parent to pay for necessities, not the children. However, a recent landmark court ruling blazed a new trail where finances necessary for post-secondary education went directly to the son of divorced parents.

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Shared parenting agreements: The continuing exception to the rule

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Child Custody on September 11, 2017

While Ward Cleaver, Mike Brady and other television fathers served as role models, their specific roles involved taking a smaller role in the lives of their children. They were sole providers, choosing to work while their wives served as caregivers.

The traditional roles of fathers, particularly those that are divorced, have evolved. More and more are taking a hands-on approach to raising their children. Yet, court-ordered child custody agreements have not kept pace.

Statistics reveal that 80 percent of cases award full physical custody of children to mothers. Not accounting for orders protecting children from abusive and neglectful fathers, the decisions are very close to being one-sided

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DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC Is Hiring An Attorney

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Firm News on September 7, 2017

DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC is seeking an attorney to join our practice. We are a full-service family law firm based in Phoenix that is dedicated to our clients’ well-being. If this sounds like an interesting job opportunity to you, read on.

We are seeking an attorney with a passion for assisting clients and delivering stellar results for them. The ideal candidate must be interested in handling contentious and emotional matters, such as child custody or division of assets. At least three years of family law litigation and trial experience is required.

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Cryo-embryos: Marital property or the result of procreation?

On behalf of admin of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC posted in Child Custody on September 5, 2017

Before their divorce in 2014, Mandy and Drake Brooks conceived three children through in-vitro fertilization. During the IVF process, the couple produced six additional embryos that are currently in cryo-storage.

Those embryos are a major point of contention in the Rooks’ marital dissolution. Mandy wants to preserve the embryos for possible use in the future. Her husband wants them destroyed. Their agreement with the fertility clinic explicitly states that the courts would make the decision if the spouses could not find agreement as part of their divorce.

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