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About Christopher Barr

Managing partner and co-founder of Barr Law Firm, PLLC.

Step-Parent Adoption

Bringing the Stepparent Into the Family Law Case

When a stepparent has made a significant bond with his or her stepchild, it is quite common for that stepparent to want to adopt the stepchild. Adoption is a significant legal procedure in which the stepparent becomes a legal parent to the child, with all the rights and […]

How Can Grandparents Help in Family Law?

What Can Grandparents Do When the Family is Falling Apart?

Grandparents often play a significant role in the lives of their grandchildren and assist their children (or children-in-law) in times of need. Is there a bill that needs to be paid? The grandparents may provide additional funds to […]

Three Things NOT to Say During Your Child Custody Hearing

Introduction

Woman in child custody hearingMost judges understand the importance of child custody hearings, but do not enjoy conducting them. This is because these hearings often devolve into two parents accusing each other of bad behavior and harmful habits and touting themselves as being the better parent. Even […]

Mental Illness and Child Custody

Introduction to Mental Health Conditions and Child Custody – Phoenix Divorce Attorneys

With twenty to twenty-five percent of Americans self-reporting that they suffer from some mental health condition, it is quite common for one parent or the other (or perhaps both) in a child custody or divorce proceeding to have a mental impairment, disability, […]

Can Family Law Court Refuse Mediation Agreement?

Can a Family Law Court Set Aside a Mediated Agreement?

couple in mediationMany family law courts encourage or require parties involved in divorce or child custody cases to attempt to settle their differences through mediation. Courts tend to prefer when parties are able to reach a mediated agreement […]

Can a Secret Recording be Used in a Divorce Case?

Can I Use a Recording of My Spouse in My Divorce Case?

record spouse conversationAttorneys understand that in the modern practice of the law there are very few “Aha!” moments. That is, it is rare for there to be a smoking gun or surprise witness that the […]

Alienation of Affection

Alienation of Affection Lawsuits

Introduction

Adultery is no longer as scandalous as it once was. This is evident in the “no-fault” laws adopted by many of the states. Whereas in times past a divorce would only be granted upon proof of fault by one party or the other (like adultery), many states have done away with this […]

Can I Change the Locks? Who Gets the House?

 

Introduction

The marital home can be one of the most valuable assets a divorcing couple owns, both from a financial and an emotional standpoint. As a result, the marital residence can become a source of contention in divorce proceedings. Even in community property states like Arizona, it is rare for a divorce court to simply order […]

What is Civil Contempt?

A Primer on Civil Contempt

Introduction

Contempt proceedings are one of the primary methods through which the court is able to enforce its orders and decisions in family law cases. When a party does not protect marital assets or community property as directed, refuses to follow the visitation schedule set up by the court, or does not […]

Show Me the Money! Tips for Splitting your Debt in Divorce

Introduction to Debts and Divorce

man signs his divorce documentsIn a divorce, when speaking of “division” most people think of the assets and property the couple has acquired during the marriage. Of course, a court presiding over a divorce case will divide the property of the couple according […]

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