Kids calling the stepparent “Mom” or “Dad”

Kids calling the stepparent “Mom” or “Dad” Ending a relationship or marriage is tough for most parents. It’s especially painful when your children refer to your spouse’s new significant other as “Mom” or “Dad”.  These parental labels may be at the urging of the parent or inadvertent by the child.  Either way it can be hard for the real “Mom” or “Dad” to accept and there isn’t much that can be done about it. Recently, one biological “Mom” in New Jersey decided to seek the Court’s help in restricting her ex-husband’s fiancé from also being called “Mom” by the parties 8-year old son. In that case, the parents shared legal… Read More

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Pet Custody Disputes

Pet Custody Disputes For many people, pets play an important role in the family: protector, children’s playmate, exercise buddy and best friend. When a couple can no longer make their relationship work and living apart is inevitable, the pets are often caught in the middle.  According to American Veterinary Medical Association, in 2012 there were more than 43 million households with dogs and 36 million households with cats in the United States. That doesn’t include households with bird, horses or other types of animals. In Arizona, Courts regard dogs, cats, fish, birds, horses and other pets as property, despite the importance and value we place upon them. Courts are increasingly… Read More

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Children and the Housing Crisis

Children and the Housing Crisis It’s no surprise that a recent report found Arizona children have been hit hard by the foreclosure crises and recession.  Twelve percent (12%) of Arizona kids live in households that have already lost their home to foreclosure or are likely to go through a foreclosure sale in the near future. Losing a home to foreclosure can be devastating to the whole family, but the loss can affect children in ways we may not have realized.   According to the Brookings Institute Report written by Julia Isaacs, some of the negative effects of foreclosure include: Kids do less well in school.  Frequent moves or changing schools, especially… Read More

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