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Joan Bundy’s Legal Guides

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  • What guardianship or custodianship is and how it can be used to help children

    Sometimes someone other than Mom or Dad must step in to care for a child or children in a family. This is where the legal terms "guardianship" and/or "custodianship" often come into play, as well as "in loco parentis," which is Latin for standing in the place of the legal parents.

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  • Who gets Fido or Fluffy?

    When couples split, surprisingly one of the most contentious issues to be resolved often is who gets to keep or take the dog, cat, ferret, gerbil or other family pet(s). This is particularly true when the family unit does not include children, or at least not any children who are still minors.

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  • Child custody

    Indisputably the most important and often most vexing issue in family law is that of child custody. If divorcing or separating parents care about nothing else in the terms of their divorce decree, legal separation agreement or what-have-you, it will always be the children every time, hands down.

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  • Annulments, or how to "undo" your marriage

    While not for everyone, and not available to everyone, annulments can sometimes be a quicker and easier way to undo an "accidental" marriage than a dissolution/divorce. A lot depends on the state in which you live, duration of the marriage and the circumstances under which the marriage occurred.

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  • Alternative Dispute Resolution for Dummies

    Alternative Dispute Resolution, or "ADR" for short, encompasses a wide variety of practices and methods of tackling disagreements between persons and/or entities. The essence of all ADR is a commitment to trying to resolve conflicts outside of a courthouse, without the oversight of a judge or jury.

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  • Demystifying QDROs (or understanding divorce-related division of retirement benefits)

    This legal guide will provide you with information and explanations about what QDROs are, how they work, and why they are important to pay attention to if you may, are or have gone through a marital dissolution.

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  • Moving out of state with child(ren)/Relocation

    So you want to relocate with one or more of your children. Can you? Well, YOU can move pretty much anywhere without getting anyone's permission. However, it gets a lot more tricky when minors are involved, and you may or may not get the other parent's or the court's blessing. Read on...

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  • The impact of emerging technology on family law

    Would you believe that Facebook is a factor in approximately 80 percent of all divorces? It's true! Don't be caught unawares: Get up to speed on how the Internet/World Wide Web, e-mail and all things electronic can help (or, more often, HURT) you in a family matter.

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  • Making sense of Arizona’s use tax requirements

    A new state law may be a rude awakening for Arizonans who avoid paying sales taxes by buying merchandise online. Arizona HB 2332, which took effect July 20, 2011, requires individuals to report the amount of Arizona use tax due for the year on their Arizona income tax returns.

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  • Protective orders: What are they, and how do they work?

    Unfortunately, domestic violence frequently rears its ugly head in family law. Sometimes a protective order is appropriate and even essential. Of course, it also can make things more tricky, especially when the protected party and the protected-against party have one or more children in common.

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