Year: 2016

BILL W. CASTILLO v. THANIA N. LAZO

Summary: 1) Is a birth certificate considered a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity such that A.R.S. § 25-812(E) bars a paternity action after six months? 2) May a putative father file a paternity action when a child is not born out of wedlock Appellate Case:  2 CA-CV 2016-0122-FC Original Case:  S1100DO201501954 Jurisdiction:  Superior Court in Pinal… Read more BILL W. CASTILLO v. THANIA N. LAZO

Judge McMurdie Appointed To Arizona Court Of Appeals Division One

The office of Governor Doug Ducey announced the appointment of Judge Paul McMurdie to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. “Judge McMurdie is a highly-experienced and widely-respected legal mind in Arizona,” said Governor Ducey. “As a practicing lawyer, he argued cases before the United States Supreme Court, Arizona Supreme Court, Arizona Court of Appeals,… Read more Judge McMurdie Appointed To Arizona Court Of Appeals Division One

LAST DAY To Register To Vote

Monday, October 10th, is your last opportunity to register to vote for the General Election. Elections matter, and this year offers many meaningful races for state representative and state senator that will impact our ability to move family-friendly legislation.  We need your vote. The General Election will be held on November 8th.  To find your… Read more LAST DAY To Register To Vote

Ducey Appoints 3 New Judges To Maricopa County Superior Court

Governor Doug Ducey’s office today announced the appointment of 3 new judges to replace those retiring. The new judges are: Michael Blair (Republican): civil-practice attorney Todd Lang (independent):  Assistant U.S. Attorney and former executive director for the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission from 2005 to 2013. Erin O’Brien Otis (Democrat):  Superior Court Commissioner The Governor’s office… Read more Ducey Appoints 3 New Judges To Maricopa County Superior Court

Due Process In Child Support Enforcement

National Parents Organization reported recently on efforts by the US Department of Justice and the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement to remind states of their obligations to respect due process rights: Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) have teamed up to try to convince states to… Read more Due Process In Child Support Enforcement

Court “Task Force on Justice For All” Issues Report

The Task Force on Justice For All of the Arizona Supreme Court issued a report with recommendations. The task force is expectedly populated with court insiders and devoid of any meaningful representation for average Arizonans. Arizona Chief Justice Scott Bales created the task force under Administrative Order No. 2016-16 in March of this year.  The order was arguably… Read more Court “Task Force on Justice For All” Issues Report

Rule 72 (Family Law Procedure) Change Comment Period Extended

The Arizona Supreme Court during its August Rules Agenda [minutes] extended the comment period for rule change petition R-16-0037 regarding Rule 72 (Family Law Master).  Comments must be submitted by October 28, 2016 in the Rules Forum.  Comments will be considered on the December 2016 Rules Agenda. The original petition submitted by Judge Peter B. Swann of the… Read more Rule 72 (Family Law Procedure) Change Comment Period Extended

Frank Schmuck Defeats Parents’ Rights Opponent Jeff Dial

AZCFF is pleased to announce the victory of pledged parents’ rights advocate Frank Schmuck in LD18 over incumbent State Senator Jeff Dial. Dial, perhaps the most reviled legislator in his party, established himself as a tool for anti-parental rights interests in Arizona. As of 9:00 am on Saturday, September 3rd, Schmuck led Dial by an… Read more Frank Schmuck Defeats Parents’ Rights Opponent Jeff Dial

Maricopa County: Let’s Work Together On Child Support Arrears

According to the Arizona Republic, the family court division of the Maricopa County Superior Court is offering a chance to parents in arrears on child support to have their arrest warrants quashed: “Maricopa County Superior Court officials, with more than 1,300 active arrest warrants for back child-support payments, are determined to shrink that number by… Read more Maricopa County: Let’s Work Together On Child Support Arrears