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Mark Cord

Scottsdale Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. What happens when father wants to change custody when minor child becomes 14 and is Old enough to decide which parent he wants

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Mark Cord
    2. Shannon Bradley
    3. Celia R Reed
    3 lawyer answers

    There is no "magic age" in Arizona when a child can decide between parents. The ultimate test is what arrangement is in the child's best interest. The older, the more mature, the more articulate a child is in stating their preference, then the more weight is given to their choice, but it is not the only factor - see ARS 25-403 for the list of other factors.

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  2. Who keeps the engagement/ wedding ring when getting a divorce?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Monica H Donaldson Stewart
    2. Mark Cord
    2 lawyer answers

    You.

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  3. I have full custody of my son who is now 5years old. How can I get sole custody?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Mark Cord
    2. Donna G Heller
    3. Patrick S Sampair
    4. Celia R Reed
    4 lawyer answers

    Also consider having a "Parenting Coordinator" appointed in your case. That person is usually at least master degreed and appointed by the court from a pre-approved list. Their function in to referee disputes like yours and make recommendation to the court on action to be taken. The costs are usually shared and you can have one appointed on your own by visiting the superior court's self-help center in your area.

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  4. Is there a legal age in Arizona that a child gets to have say in whether they get to see the non-constodial parent?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Mark Cord
    2. Deborah Varney
    2 lawyer answers

    No. I have found that the more mature a child is, and the better able the child is at articulating his or her choice, the more weight is given to their preference. Regardless, the court's concern is always the child's best interests, not just what the child wants.

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  5. Do the court records from my divorce become public record?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Mark Cord
    1 lawyer answer

    Yes, unless the Court determines the public interest in disclosure is outweighed by the privacy interests of the persons concerned, i.e. you need to make a compelling argument your circumstances are much different from the standard divorce.

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  6. Question about community property or separate property

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Mark Cord
    1 lawyer answer

    If you purchased the car for cash from your separate funds, and if the funds were not commingled with community funds, and if her name does not appear on the title, and if you did not gift the car to her, it's probably yours to keep.

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  7. How long do you have to appeal a child custody case's ruling in Arizona?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Mark Cord
    1 lawyer answer

    Arizona Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure 9 and 10 provide that your Notice of Appeal and $500 cost bond must be filed with the Clerk of the Superior Court not later than 30 days after entry of the judgment in your case, unless a different time is provided by law. Consult an experienced lawyer immediately.

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  8. What age is a child allowed to choose who he wants to live with in AZ?

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Monica H Donaldson Stewart
    2. Valarie A McNeice
    3. Mark Cord
    4. Rich J Peters
    4 lawyer answers

    There is no set legal age for a child to chose either custody or parenting time. Generally, the opinion of the older, more mature, articulate, and un-coached child is given more weight in the judge's final decision. It is preferred that the child's wishes be determined in a clinical, not trial, setting. This can be done through a court-appointed child psychologist.

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  9. Husband not doing what he agreed to do at mediation.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Mark Cord
    2. Jason Ryan Reeves
    2 lawyer answers

    Yes. You can file a Motion to Appoint a Parenting Coordinator to referee your disputes and report to the judge.

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  10. If parents cant agree, will a court generally award primary custody to the parent willing to vaccinate and send kids to school?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Shannon Bradley
    2. Thomas A Morton
    3. Mark Cord
    3 lawyer answers

    The ultimate test is what is in the children's, not the parents', best interests. Vaccinations and school attendance are only 2 factors. Google A.R.S. 25-403, as amended, for a more complete list of the relevant factors.

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