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Timothy W Durkin

Timothy Durkin’s Legal Guides

90 total


  • Child Support and Bankruptcy

    Threats of, Ill file for bankruptcy before you see any child support, are made regularly to the clients we represent at JacksonWhite. If your spouse, ex-spouse or significant other is trying to scare you with a threat like this, do not worry. The threat is not valid. The Bankrupt...

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  • Maricopa County's Parent Information Program

    Going through a divorce is never easy, but we all know, and hopefully understand, that divorce can be especially hard on children. The Superior Court in Maricopa County certainly realizes this and under Arizona law, the parent information class is mandatory in a divorce or custod...

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  • Tips on Child Custody and Holidays

    The Fourth of July is this weekend, one of the major U.S. holidays on the calendar and if youre like me, images of swimming pools and backyard barbeques come to mind. Living in Arizona means staying cool is a must, but it can help trying to catch the local fireworks show despite ...

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  • Maricopa County Implements Accountability Court

    Maricopa County recently implemented a new judicial tool to assist with the enforcement of unpaid child support and spousal maintenance orders. This new tool is called Accountability Court. The Accountability Courts focus is on the strict enforcement of child support and spousal ...

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  • Are You a Victim of Domestic Violence or Abuse? Steps to Getting an Order of Protection

    Orders of Protection (also sometimes referred to as restraining orders) prohibit one person from contacting another. They are used many times in situations of domestic violence and/or abuse. To obtain an order of protection in Arizona, the abusive party must have one of the follo...

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  • Establishing Paternity in Arizona

    Did you know that in Arizona, just listing a fathers name on a birth certificate is not sufficient to establish paternity? If a childs parents were not married when the mother became pregnant or when the child was born, that child has no legal father until paternity is establishe...

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  • What is Domestic Violence?

    In a recent blog, I discussed Orders of Protection and how to obtain one if you are a victim of domestic violence. But what is considered an act of domestic violence? Some forms of domestic violence are obvious, such as hitting, pushing, or otherwise physically striking another p...

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  • Clearinghouse Fee Changes Effective July 1, 2010

    Those of you who have an active Arizona child support or spousal maintenance case may have noticed a change in the Arizona Support Clearinghouse fee structure. On March 18, 2010, Governor Jan Brewer signed House Bill 2011, a bill that addresses the budget issues currently facing ...

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  • Mediation: The Alternative to Contested Divorce

    Marriages do not end because spouses are getting along too well. And, a marriage that ends in dispute many times leads to a legal battle that only increases the amount of conflict and stress felt by all parties. Unfortunately, Arizona divorce law is designed to be adversarial in ...

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  • When is it in a Child's Best Interest to Terminate Parental Rights?

    While most of us would like to assume that the best person to provide care for a child is one if not both of that childs parents, this simply is not always the case. Take, for example, a parent who means well, but who is challenged with debilitating mental health issues. Or, si...

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