As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, the most certain means of establishing paternity in Arizona is to go to court and get a legal decree which will officially identify a man as the father of his or her child. A court will generally do this after court-ordered DNA testing.
As is the case in other states, Arizona has a means for fathers to establish paternity over any of their children who are born out of wedlock without having to go to court. Specifically, so long as the mother is also willing to sign, a father can sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity form. Before signing on the dotted line, it is important for dads in Phoenix to know what this form will and will not do should they elect to sign it.
Arizona law recognizes that, sometimes, children are raised by their grandparents or other relatives who are not their biological parents. In these sorts of situations, it may not be possible or prudent, for a variety of reasons, for grandparents to immediately run out and get a court order for grandparent custody, via a guardianship. As such, grandparents often raise their grandchildren without any legal authority whatsoever, at least until the child's parent is ready to resume his or her responsibilities.
Previous posts on this blog have talked about how it is hard, although not impossible, for grandparents to get custody of their grandchildren when the child's parents are in the picture, even if the parents are not the best mother and father for the child.
In a previous post, we talked about what happens when one parent in a divorce wants to relocate-and the implications of this move on child custody. In today's post, we examine the recourse the non-relocating parent has to contest this move.
Although the Arizona Guidelines for child support include a formula by which Phoenix residents can consistently calculate how much child support they owe, there can still be a lot of controversy between parents as to what numbers should go in to this formula in the first place.
If you pay child support, it can be frustrating if you make your payments in full and on time, but believe the other parent is not spending your contribution wisely. You might wonder if you have any power to control how the other parent spends child support.