May 2016 Archives

Staying safe when domestic violence strikes

When you're the victim of physical domestic violence, experts note that there's nothing more important than making sure you're safe. The first thing you're advised to do when you think you're in danger is simply to call the police. They can help to put a stop to the violence, make an arrest if necessary, and gather evidence.

New hashtag aims to expose non-physical domestic violence

A new hashtag has been making the rounds lately on Twitter, and it is #MaybeHeDoesn'tHitYou. The point of the hashtag is to bring more light to the fact that a lot of domestic violence is not physical. While physical issues can sometimes be spotted--people are quick to notice a black eye--these other issues are often ignored because they're not as obvious to the public.

Unmarried couples, children, and tax returns

If you and your significant other are not married and you're filing your tax returns separately, you're both going to be thinking about your child, as you do get a bit of a tax break if you have a kid. However, it is very important to note that you are not both allowed to claim that the child is your dependent, thus getting the break on both sides. Only one of you can claim the child for tax purposes.

The downsides of bird nesting

If you're considering bird nesting, you likely already know about the advantages. In this type of custody arrangement, your child will stay in the marital home while you and your ex cycle in and out. This gives your children more stability and focuses on their happiness.


The legalization of Same-Sex Marriage is relatively new in the State of Arizona. Unfortunately, to date, the laws regarding Same-Sex Custody and Parenting Time child custody rights have not been revised nor amended to account for the children raised by married same sex couples. This means that children are only presumed to be the children of both parties, thus subject to joint custody laws, if the children are born during the marriage. This is regardless of surrogacy, artificial insemination or other alternative biological parenting alternatives.

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