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Media Star Sherri Shepard Ordered to Pay Child Support for Child Born Via Surrogate; Previously Cited ‘Fraud’
What happens if a couple enters into a surrogate agreement and later splits? 

Surrogacy and gestational carrier laws have proven historically tricky for family courts to unravel, especially if the relationship between the father, mother, and surrogate sours before the birth of the child. To better understand the dynamic, there are two types of “surrogates” involved in the process. The first, which is a traditional surrogate mother, is artificially implanted with the father’s genetics and carries the pregnancy on behalf of the intended mother. In this scenario, the surrogate is actually the biological mother of the child, and usually agrees to a “surrogacy contract” wherein she promises to relinquish all parental rights upon the birth of the child. However, these contracts are sometimes overruled in Arizona – particularly if the surrogate did not understand the terms or decides to change her mind. 

Alternatively, a “gestational carrier” is a woman who is implanted with 

https://www.cohenfamilylaw.com/lawyer/2015/07/13/Child-Support/Media-Star-Sherri-Shepard-Ordered-to-Pay-Child-Support-for-Child-Born-Via-Surrogate;-Previously-Cited-%E2%80%98Fraud%E2%80%99_bl20392.htm
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Media Star Sherri Shepard Ordered to Pay Child Support for Child Born Via Surrogate; Previously Cited ‘Fraud’
What happens if a couple enters into a surrogate agreement and later splits? 

Surrogacy and gestational carrier laws have proven historically tricky for family courts to unravel, especially if the relationship between the father, mother, and surrogate sours before the birth of the child. To better understand the dynamic, there are two types of “surrogates” involved in the process. The first, which is a traditional surrogate mother, is artificially implanted with the father’s genetics and carries the pregnancy on behalf of the intended mother. In this scenario, the surrogate is actually the biological mother of the child, and usually agrees to a “surrogacy contract” wherein she promises to relinquish all parental rights upon the birth of the child. However, these contracts are sometimes overruled in Arizona – particularly if the surrogate did not understand the terms or decides to change her mind. 

Alternatively, a “gestational carrier” is a woman who is implanted 
https://www.cohenfamilylaw.com/lawyer/2015/07/23/Child-Support/Media-Star-Sherri-Shepard-Ordered-to-Pay-Child-Support-for-Child-Born-Via-Surrogate;-Previously-Cited-%E2%80%98Fraud%E2%80%99_bl20392.htm
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Arizona Supreme Court Considering Changes to ‘Parenting Coordinator’ Role
What is a ‘parenting coordinator’ and how will this individual be involved in my custody dispute?

Amid widespread complaints from Arizona parents, the state Supreme Court will review proposed changes to the ‘parenting coordinator’ role in contested custody cases. Under current laws, a judge overseeing a custody case can mandate the appointment of a parenting coordinator – thereby requiring parents to submit to the inclusion of this often-resisted third-party in a confidential custody dispute. 

According to several court websites, the role of a parenting coordinator – who can be a mental health professional or family law attorney – is to 

https://www.cohenfamilylaw.com/lawyer/blog/Phoenix-AZ-Family-Law-Blog.htm
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Professional WNBA Star Seeks Annulment of 29-day Marriage in Arizona
What are the rules of obtaining an annulment in Arizona? 


A marriage annulment is a specific legal proceeding designed to void a marriage union under exceptionally limited circumstances. As opposed to a divorce, which acknowledges the marriage and severs the legal relationship, an annulment operates to treat the marriage is if it never existed in the first place. 

In one recent case out of Arizona, famed WNBA star Brittney Griner recently filed to annul her marriage to fellow WNBA star Glory Johnson – just 29 days after saying “I do.” The announcement comes amid rampant rumors of domestic violence and relational issues on both sides – and promises to take an even more interesting twist as Johnson recently announced her pregnancy on social media, prompting her to take a one-year hiatus from the professional sports arena. 

But how (and why) are annulments granted in Arizona? And are the factors different than those required for a divorce (i.e., irreconcilable differences)? Below is an overview of this process under Arizona law, as well as what to do if you are considering a divorce or annulment of your own marriage. 

https://www.cohenfamilylaw.com/lawyer/2015/06/15/Family-Law/Professional-WNBA-Star-Seeks-Annulment-of-29-day-Marriage-in-Arizona_bl19709.htm
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Professional WNBA Star Seeks Annulment of 29-day Marriage in Arizona
What are the rules of obtaining an annulment in Arizona? 


A marriage annulment is a specific legal proceeding designed to void a marriage union under exceptionally limited circumstances. As opposed to a divorce, which acknowledges the marriage and severs the legal relationship, an annulment operates to treat the marriage is if it never existed in the first place. 

In one recent case out of Arizona, famed WNBA star Brittney Griner recently filed to annul her marriage to fellow WNBA star Glory Johnson – just 29 days after saying “I do.” The announcement comes amid rampant rumors of domestic violence and relational issues on both sides – and promises to take an even more interesting twist as Johnson recently announced her pregnancy on social media, prompting her to take a one-year hiatus from the professional sports arena. 

But how (and why) are annulments granted in Arizona? And are the factors different than those required for a divorce (i.e., irreconcilable differences)? Below is an overview of this process under Arizona law, as well as what to do if you are considering a divorce or annulment of your own marriage. 

https://www.cohenfamilylaw.com/lawyer/2015/06/15/Family-Law/Professional-WNBA-Star-Seeks-Annulment-of-29-day-Marriage-in-Arizona_bl19709.htm
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Domestic Violence Charge Against Ray Rice Dismissed
Can a domestic violence case proceed without the victim's participation?

The video of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his then fiancé out cold in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino was one of the most-publicized and documented occurrences of domestic abuse. Rice was allowed into a pretrial intervention program, which lasted one year and included anger management classes. Rice and his fiancé went ahead with their planned wedding.

The recent announcement that all charges against Rice have been dismissed has brought the case back into the public eye, and has many people questioning whether domestic violence cases are taken seriously enough.

The fact that Rice was not prosecuted despite there being 

https://www.cohenfamilylaw.com/lawyer/2015/06/05/Domestic-Violence/Domestic-Violence-Charge-Against-Ray-Rice-Dismissed_bl19587.htm
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Social Media & Divorce Litigation: How to Avoid Oversharing During Your Ongoing Case
My soon-to-be-ex-husband has been trying to avoid paying spousal support due to a “disability,” but his social media posts suggest he is able-bodied. Can I use this in court? 


Over the past several years, social media has played an increasingly important role in divorce and child custody litigation. Unbelievably, litigants will make certain claims in court or during settlement negotiations that can be totally refuted by the latest tweet or Instagram post. If you are in the midst of a divorce, or have questions about the usability of your spouse’s social media presence, we encourage you to contact a reputable Phoenix family law firm to discuss your options, rights, and obligations when evidence online is blatantly contradicting in-court statements or assertions. 
Spousal & child support

Spousal and child support determinations are made by calculating each party’s monthly gross income, as well as considering a number of other relevant factors. In some cases, the prospective payor will claim that he or she is unable to find full-time employment – or any employment at all – in a vain attempt to avoid paying spousal or child support. In these cases, it is not uncommon for the spouse to claim a disability, or inability to find work due to time restraints or other obstacles. 

If, however, this person maintains a healthy and active lifestyle, evidence of which appears on social media, and appears to have unlimited free time to pursue personal activities and interests, this information could be 

https://www.cohenfamilylaw.com/lawyer/2015/05/29/Divorce/Social-Media--Divorce-Litigation-How-to-Avoid-Oversharing-During-Your-Ongoing-Case_bl19325.htm
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Determining Fatherhood in Arizona
How Does the Arizona Paternity System Work?

 

If you are a father, you have the legal responsibility to provide support for your minor child unless the mother is willing and able to totally financially support the child and does not want your help. Even if you do not want a role in raising the child, once paternity has been established, your financial assistance will be required. If you do want to get involved and if a paternity test shows you are the father, you can make a legal claim for custody or visitation. 

There are several ways paternity can be established in Arizona,

https://www.cohenfamilylaw.com/lawyer/2015/05/22/Family-Law/Determining-Fatherhood-in-Arizona_bl19282.htm
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Tips for Parents as Summertime Looms
This is my first summer splitting custody of my school-age child with my ex. What is the best way to handle this situation?

If you are learning to co-parent after a divorce or separation, the first year or so can introduce new and unexpected changes in family dynamics. For the school-age child, the freedom offered by the summer months may also mean a change or adjustment to the visitation schedule. Oftentimes, these issues are addressed in a custody and visitation order incorporated into the final divorce decree. However, if you are operating without a visitation order, or are considering seeking a modification now that your child is a little older, the following tips may help you navigate the upcoming summer months. 

Remember that your child, just like anyone, will need time to relax and restore during the time off from school. Of course, scheduling fun activities like camping or water parks are an essential component to the summer experience. However, be mindful to not over-schedule your child – as he or she undoubtedly wants some down time too. 
For some families, it makes sense to rework the visitation 

https://www.cohenfamilylaw.com/lawyer/2015/05/20/Divorce/Tips-for-Parents-as-Summertime-Looms_bl19105.htm
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Arizona is Home to Many Unhappy Marriages
Does Arizona Have a Higher Than Average Divorce Rate?

Arizona is in the top third of states when it comes to divorce rates, according to statistics from the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System. According to the most recent information (2012) there are 3.9 divorces per thousand residents in the state. There were sixteen states with higher rates, the highest being Nevada at 5.5.

There are parts of Arizona where residents are much more likely to have been married multiple times compared to national averages, according to information recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Lake Havasu City-Kingman and Prescott lead the nation with the highest percentage of adults who have been married multiple times. While the national average is 24.6%, an estimated 41.7% of Lake Havasu City-Kingman adults have been married more than once, as have about 40.2% of Prescott adults. Overall, Arizona is higher than average in the percentage of population with multiple marriages.

Other statistics from the Census Bureau include:

https://www.cohenfamilylaw.com/lawyer/2015/05/19/Divorce/Arizona-is-Home-to-Many-Unhappy-Marriages_bl19026.htm
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