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When is a man presumed to be the father of the child?

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According to the Arizona Revised Statutes, a man is presumed to be the father of a child if:

The mother and father were married at any time 10 months immediately preceding the birth of the child.

–OR–

The child was born within 10 months after the marriage ended due to either death, annulment, divorce or legal separation.

–OR–

Genetic tests affirm at least a 95% probability of paternity.

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A birth certificate is signed by both the mother and father if the child is born outside of marriage. Also referred to as “out of wedlock”.

–OR–

Both parents sign together or separately notarized signed statements, acknowledging paternity.

We can help you file all of the necessary documentation in order to establish paternity so you can start down the legal road to collect support for your children.

Note: The above information is provided for your convenience. It is not intended to be legal advice of any kind. No attorney/client relationship is created by you reading this information. If you have legal questions, please contact an attorney.

How long do I have to pay child support/How long can I recieve child support?

The Arizona Revised Statutes state how long a child is eligible to receive child support payments. There is a presumptive end date for child support which is set as the last day of the month of the child’s 18th birthday. This means that if your child was born on January 10th, 1993, then child support for this child would cease on January 31st, 2011. However, there are criteria that may change this:

  • The child’s graduation date from high school.
  • Whether all payments have been made.
  • Whether the child is “severely mentally or physically disabled”

Note: The above information is provided for your convenience. It is not intended to be legal advice of any kind. No attorney/client relationship is created by you reading this information. If you have legal questions, please contact an attorney.

How fast can I modify child custody in Arizona?

Modifying an Arizona child custody order isn’t an easy process. In fact, most family law judges are very cautious and hesitant to change
a custody arrangement. I’ve found that what is more common to parents is that they want either more or less parenting time. The
process to modify parenting time takes about 4 to 5 weeks before the hearing takes place in Pima County. The process to modify custody
could take between 2 and 4 months. A hearing to modify custody may not even be scheduled unless the judge feels that adequate
cause exists to modify it. For more information visit our website. www.tucsondivorceparalegal.com. (520) 327-4000

Note: The above information is provided for your convenience. It is not intended to be legal advice of any kind. No attorney/client relationship is created by you reading this information. If you have legal questions, please contact an attorney.

How do I modify my Arizona child support order?

If you already have an Arizona child support order and believe that there has been a substantial and continuing change in either parties’ circumstances then we can prepare and file your Petition to modify child support. A change in circumstances could be that 1 of your children has turned 18 and graduated from high school or one parent’s income has substantially increased. So long as the new child support amount is 15% or more or 15% less than the current amount ordered, the court may consider modifying the child support amount.

Note: The above information is provided for your convenience. It is not intended to be legal advice of any kind. No attorney/client relationship is created by you reading this information. If you have legal questions, please contact an attorney.

What is a paralegal and what do you do?

Technically, the definition of a paralegal is someone who prepares legal documents under the supervision of an attorney.  Although the name of our business is Statewide Paralegal,  we are Arizona Certified Legal Document Preparers, certified to prepare legal documents by the Arizona Supreme Court.  We are required to participate in at least 20 hours of continuing legal education every 2 years and must meet strict experience and education requirements to remain certified.  Although I do not prepare legal documents under the supervision of an attorney, I am married to an attorney so you could say that I am ALWAYS supervised by an attorney! Give us a call (520) 327-4000 or visit our website www.azstatewideparalegal.com.

Note: The above information is provided for your convenience. It is not intended to be legal advice of any kind. No attorney/client relationship is created by you reading this information. If you have legal questions, please contact an attorney.

Divorce documents in Phoenix and Tucson? Use a paralegal

Divorce without an AttorneyCan I use a paralegal for an uncontested divorce if I live in Phoenix, Arizona?

Paralegals in Phoenix, Arizona and Tucson, Arizona have been preparing divorce documents without an attorney for years.  An uncontested divorce means that the opposing party has not prepared and filed a Response to the Divorce with the Superior Court including  paying the required filing fee. In Pima County,  Arizona, the Superior Court requires that the filing fee be paid to the Court when the Response is filed.

If I file the Response for my Divorce but do not pay the filing fee will it still be filed?

If the filing fee is not paid the Court will not consider that a Response was filed and the Petitioner can proceed with filing an Application for Default.  A default Decree may be entered by the Judge in the Petitioner’s favor. The bottom line is that the Respondent must pay their filing fee. Tucson Divorce Paralegal.

Note: The above information is provided for your convenience. It is not intended to be legal advice of any kind. No attorney/client relationship is created by you reading this information. If you have legal questions, please contact an attorney.