Child Custody

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Question: We just finished court for custody and my ex is trying to change things to fit her needs 2months later. the mediators didn't make things as clear as they should be in the parenting plan. Do I go and get an enforcement order, if so how?

Answer: You have the option of going back to the court and filing a petition for enforcement of custody order.  You would use the same caption and number as that which appears on your dissolution papers.  Normally, the court will not allow custody orders to be changed or modified for a year after the divorce (A.R.S. Section 25-411).  If you need help, you can talk with a lawyer.  There are three programs in Arizona that you can use to get inexpensive legal advice and guidance.  One is the modest means program.  You will need to apply for the program and meet the financial qualifications.  Once you are qualified, Modest Means will send you a list of attorneys whose practice covers your area of concern.  You select a lawyer from the list and will be entitled to a one hour consultation for $75.  If you need additional help and if the lawyer agrees to take your case, the most you will be charged is $75 per hours.  the telephone number is (866) 637-5341.  Both Maricopa County and Pima County have lawyer referral programs that offer a 30 minute consult with an attorney.  Maricopa County's Lawyer Referral Service offers a 30 minute consult with an experienced attorney for $40.  The telephone number is  (602) 257-4434.  Pima County's Lawyer Referral Service offers a 30 minute attorney consult for $35.  The telephone number is (520) 623-4625.

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  • We just finished court for custody and my ex is trying to change things to fit her needs 2months later. the mediators didn't make things as clear as they should be in the parenting plan. Do I go and get an enforcement order, if so how?

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