Did Trump’s Deportation Executive Order Cause a Rise in Immigrant Child Custody Cases?

In January of this year, President Donald Trump signed his Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, creating more stringent deportation guidelines. As a result, many undocumented immigrants faced an uncertain future regarding their residency. Those placed in a particularly difficult position by Mr. Trump’s EO are undocumented immigrant parents with American born children.

Howell v. Howell: Arizona Family Law, Veterans’ Benefits, and the Supreme Court of the United States

I've written about a case we did the oral argument on at the Arizona Supreme Court, Howell, and that the case is now up at SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States). But, today was Howell's oral argument at SCOTUS. Here is a summary of the facts and issues in Howell argued at SCOTUS. What this case really… Continue reading Howell v. Howell: Arizona Family Law, Veterans’ Benefits, and the Supreme Court of the United States

Disclsoure and Discovery: Getting the information you need for a divorce or family court case

Divorces and Family Court cases require a lot of information because they mainly deal with factual issues (i.e., “we have XYZ accounts that need to be divided,” “Mother should have more time with the child because Father did ABC.”). Because of this, most states’ rules of family court procedure require that parties disclose certain documents… Continue reading Disclsoure and Discovery: Getting the information you need for a divorce or family court case

Bobrow v. Bobrow

This case is interesting because it clarifies the gift presumption as it applies to community expenses paid with separate property after the community is terminated. It is also important because it eliminates the issue of using different attorney's fees standards in family court once and for all. This is actually a big issue when it comes to pre-nups because many pre-nups have a clause stating that some other attorney's fees standard will be used other than the one in A.R.S. § 25-324. Finally, this case is important because it shows that nothing really matters if you waive a claim. It is exceedingly important to include all relevant claims in petitions and pre-trial statements, otherwise you lose them.