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Ariz. Gay Marriage Ban Challenged in Federal Court

A group of same-sex couples in Arizona are challenging the state's gay marriage ban. The group is arguing that the ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The suit was filed in Phoenix by seven same-sex couples as well as two people whose same-sex partners had died, Reuters reports.

It is the latest in a series of legal actions across the nation challenging such state bans.

Arizona's SB 1062 Vetoed, What Does it Mean For Phoenix Marriages?

Now that Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062, the marriage industry in Phoenix will have to serve same-sex couples that want to celebrate their domestic partnerships, even if it's against their religious beliefs.

SB 1062 sought to allow businesses to deny services to gay and lesbian couples based on their religious beliefs. Governor Brewer thought that bill was broadly worded and if passed, could have negative consequences for the state, according to CNN.

With the bill off the table, what are Phoenix's public accommodation laws and how will businesses be impacted?

Can a Custodial Parent Move Away Without Court Permission?

Phoenix is in the midst of legislative changes over a custodial parent's ability to move without court permission.

Relocation raises child custody, parenting time, visitation, and child support issues, especially if the relocation is out of state. State relocation laws include a variety of rules concerning notice, consent, presumptions, and distance.

But what's Arizona's current law on relocation and what potential changes may be afoot?

What Happens When You Hide Assets During a Divorce in Phoenix?

Arizona is a community property state, which means assets accumulated during the marriage are generally presumed to be the equal property of both spouses.

Unfortunately, a staggering number of spouses hide their finances from one another. It's also not uncommon for people who are contemplating divorce to start setting aside money or start buying items for personal use. But because that's community property, failing to disclose such actions during a divorce may amount to hiding assets.

And lying during divorce proceedings -- including hiding assets -- is illegal.

Gay Marriage in Arizona: Lawsuit Challenges Ban

Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit against Arizona's gay marriage ban in federal court this January.

The lawsuit argues that Arizona's gay marriage ban violates the couples' constitutional rights to equal protection and due process. The same-sex couples who initiated the lawsuit allege that Arizona wrongfully denied their spousal privileges, like pension benefits and survivorship rights, according to the Associated Press.

How does Arizona's gay marriage lawsuit compare to the ones in other states?

Can You Adopt a Child Online?

Can you adopt a child online? These days, it seems as though everything can be done over the Internet. An adoption of a real live child, however, is not included in that category.

In fact, many cruel practices involving online child adoptions are flat-out illegal. What are they? Also, when is dealing with adoption online okay? Here's an overview:

What Is An Arbitration Clause?

What exactly is an arbitration clause? You may have heard the term thrown around when it comes to certain legal documents or even on an episode of Law & Order (although maybe not accurately).

Arbitration clauses are becoming more the norm these days and a popular alternative to going to trial for many types of legal disputes.

With that said, here's a general overview of what an arbitration clause is and how it may affect you:

3 Child Custody Reminders For Back-To-School In Arizona

It's back-to-school season in Arizona (and, well, in all the other states). This means that you and your ex-spouse need to prepare for your child or children's return in a number of ways. Aside from the trying to fight off aggressive parents for that last pack of college-ruled notebooks at the store, there are also arraignments to work out between you and your child's other parent.

So, in preparation for the return of the school season and your child hitting those books (and the playground at recess time) again, here are 3 child custody reminders:

Should You Legally Separate and Never Divorce?

Legal separation is being used more often by couples as a proxy for divorce.

During a financial squeeze, married couples often think outside of the box when it comes to divorce. With the hopes of saving on costly divorce expenses, many couples are bidding adieu to their "I do's" outside of the courtroom with a legal separation agreement.

Here are some of the plus-points of indefinite legal separation:

Graduation Means Time to Modify Your Support Order

With tassels on the left and kleenex to the right, high school graduations are in full swing. When a kid turns 18 or graduates, that's typically the end of a child support order. If the child graduating from high school is an only child or the youngest child, no legal action is needed to end the child support obligation. It terminates automatically.

But there are certain situations when a parent needs to take legal action to end a support order.