Domestic Violence in Child Custody Cases

If you are proceeding with a divorce in the hopes of escaping an abusive situation, every step can feel like a potential land-mine. This becomes even scarier when children are in the picture. Abusive partners can threaten, guilt, or blackmail you to get their desires, and keeping them around perpetuates an unhealthy environment for the […]

Read More

Keeping Divorce Gossip Contained

There’s no way to stop the word from spreading. The moment you tell one person about an impending divorce, the news will leak through all your social circles. Whether it’s your supposedly professional work environment, the seemingly pious church group, or your trusted friends and family, somehow everyone will be talking about it. Soon, you’ll […]

Read More

Modifying Divorce Terms: Simple or Complicated?

Contact an experienced Scottsdale Divorce Attorney TODAY! Once you have received a judge’s “Decree of Dissolution,” you are officially divorced in the state of Arizona. You are expected to adhere to the terms of the divorce, and those expectations can be legally enforced. However binding they are, though, they are not set in stone. In Arizona, […]

Read More

Raising Grandchildren Can Be Challenging

If you find yourself facing the challenge of raising your grandchildren, you’re not alone. A growing number of grandparents across the country are raising little ones full-time, rather than spoiling them and sending them home. The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy points out that grandparents are the sole caregivers of about 4.5 million […]

Read More

Are There Reasonable Grounds to Terminate Parental Rights

At the Law Office of Hope E. Fruchtman, we understand that in most cases, it is in the best interests of children and parents alike for the children to have regular access to both parents. After a divorce in most instances, both parents should be able to raise their children and make parenting decisions. This […]

Read More

What Can an Arizona Divorce Attorney Tell You About Your Divorce Options?

At the Law Office of Hope E. Fruchtman, we understand how stressful it is when you start planning a divorce. On top of the emotional upheaval you are probably feeling right now, you might also feel confused, scared and overwhelmed. Do you have any options other than a litigated divorce process? Will a judge still […]

Read More

Establishing Paternity in Arizona: Scottsdale Paternity Attorney

There are 4 ways to legally establish paternity in Arizona: If a couple is married ten months prior to the birth or the marriage ends less than ten months before the child is born, then the husband is automatically considered to be the father of the child. If unmarried, but the man signs the birth certificate, […]

Read More

My Spouse Filed for Divorce- what do I do?

Whether you saw this coming over the course of years or whether it feels like a complete surprise, it is always a heart wrenching moment when your spouse tells you he or she wants a divorce. If you aren’t ready to give up on the marriage, you may feel trapped or pushed into it. You […]

Read More

What does it mean to have “Joint Decision Making” parenting rights?

While many divorcing parents still think in terms of “sole custody” or “joint custody”, the terms used in Arizona law are actually “legal decision making power” and “parenting time”. This is not just a change of verbiage, but it is a shift in the way custody and parenting responsibilities are thought of by the court. […]

Read More

My Spouse Wants to Adopt My Child From a Prior Relationship- Scottsdale Family Law Attorney

If you have remarried, you likely desire to make your new family complete by making sure your new spouse has full parental rights over your children. However, this is not a simple process. In order for a stepparent to adopt stepchildren, the other biological parent must either give their consent, or they must have lost […]

Read More