Timothy W Durkin’s Guides

Timothy W Durkin

Phoenix Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Legal Rights of a Stepparent under Arizona Law

    Written by attorney Timothy Durkin, over 2 years ago.

    Generally speaking, Arizona stepparents are not liable for their spouses child from a previous marriage unless they legally adopt the child. In addition, Arizona stepparents can adopt a stepchild in order to obtain enforceable parental rights. Before a stepparent can proceed with...

  2. Arizona Paternity Actions & Establishing Paternity before Agreeing to Child Support Payments

    Written by attorney Timothy Durkin, over 2 years ago.

    An Arizona paternity action can be used to create a parent-child relationship and establish orders for child custody, child support and visitation of a child. An Arizona paternity action can be brought by one party to obtain help from another party in paying for certain expenses ...

  3. If You Have Arizona Divorce Tax Issues, You Need an Arizona Family Law Attorney!

    Written by attorney Timothy Durkin, over 2 years ago.

    Parties to a divorce in Arizona should always consider the tax implications of a divorce before making any financial arrangements, especially if children are involved. When a divorcing couple has children together, the court makes the final decision as to which parent gets to cla...

  4. How to Adopt a Stepchild in Arizona

    Written by attorney Timothy Durkin, over 2 years ago.

    It is very common for stepparents in combined families to think about adopting a stepchild in order to obtain enforceable parental rights. If a stepparent in Arizona wants to adopt a stepchild, the biological parent must first relinquish his or her parental rights. When biologica...

  5. Different Types of Adoption in Arizona - Closed Adoption vs. Open Adoption

    Written by attorney Timothy Durkin, over 2 years ago.

    Adoptive parents in Arizona can choose between open adoption and closed adoption. In a closed adoption, the birth parents are not given the opportunity to develop any type of relationship with the child and the adoptive family. Instead, the birth parents relinquish their rights t...

  6. Domestic Adoption vs. International Adoption in Arizona

    Written by attorney Timothy Durkin, over 2 years ago.

    Adoptive parents in Arizona have several types of adoption to choose from. First of all, adoptive parents must decide between domestic and international adoptions. Both domestic and international adoptions have strict requirements that prospective adoptive parents must follow. Al...

  7. Phoenix Arizona Adoption Attorney

    Written by attorney Timothy Durkin, over 2 years ago.

    Adoption gives individuals in Arizona the ability to bring a new member into their family. Under Arizona law, adoptive parents are indistinguishable from birth parents. In order to adopt, a parent must have the financial means to support a new family member. Adoption can become a...

  8. Contested Divorce in Scottsdale, AZ

    Written by attorney Timothy Durkin, over 2 years ago.

    Contested dissolutions can become complicated. Courts will not issue a decree of dissolution until the key terms are in place. In other words, courts will not approve a divorce until the parties have clear direction on issues such as property division, allocation of debts, spousa...

  9. Uncontested Divorce in Scottsdale, AZ

    Written by attorney Timothy Durkin, over 2 years ago.

    An uncontested divorce in Arizona is generally the least costly type of dissolution proceeding. It is only possible if both spouses agree on most of the key terms of the dissolution. Unfortunately however, spouses going through a divorce oftentimes have difficulty reaching mutual...

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  10. AZ Prenuptial Agreements - Things that Can and Cannot Be Included in a Prenup

    Written by attorney Timothy Durkin, over 2 years ago.

    Couples in Arizona often ask themselves the following question before entering into a marriage, What terms can and cannot be included in a prenup? This is a very common question, as most individuals often already have specific terms in mind before they begin to create their prenu...