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Single mothers can demand child support by proving paternity

Are you pregnant but the father is denying responsibility? According to state law, the biological father of your child is legally required to contribute financially to the cost of raising your child by paying child support. As such, it's your right to step forward and file the appropriate paperwork to prove paternity in court. If you need to do this, keep reading.

2 ways to protect the continuity of your family after you're gone

The people who take the time to prepare their estates in ways to benefit their heirs and family members tend to be the glue that keeps their families together. Whether you're a matriarch, a patriarch or a loving sister or brother, you want what's best for the people you leave behind -- and you especially want to maintain good and loving relations with one another after you're gone.

Who gets to keep the family dog during a divorce?

In the case of a contentious divorce – where the spouses can't agree on anything – it may be particularly difficult for one spouse to give up the family dog in the name of diplomacy. In these situations, family court judges will face the next-to-impossible task of rendering a fair ruling on the issue: Who gets to keep the family pet in a divorce?

Can I terminate my ex’s parental rights?

Like most single parents in Arizona, you have disagreements with your ex-spouse over many things, from discipline and rules to helping the kids with homework and even safety issues. It is understandable to want to be the only parent making the decisions without interference or conflict with your ex. The thought of having your ex’s parental rights terminated may sound like an ideal solution, but it is important to understand that terminating rights can be complex, and the law allows few valid reasons for doing so.

Do I still need an estate plan with the new exemptions?

The federal estate tax exemptions have doubled in 2018 up to $11.2 million for every person. This means that -- unless you're very wealthy -- you probably won't have to worry about federal estate taxes applying to your estate and all of your wealth will passed to your heirs without any hangups. However, this does not mean that you don't need to have an estate plan or an estate plan review.

Create your estate plan while you are mentally capable

Planning your estate is something that must be done while you are still mentally able to make decisions. This doesn't have to be a difficult process. Instead, you just need to set your goals for the estate plan and we will work with you step by step to get it all set up.

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