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Question: Want to relocate back east with my 15 1/2 year old daughter. How do I prove that it’s in the best interest and how do I start the process

Answer: You will need to prove that it is in the best interests of the child to relocate with you to another state (A.R.S. 25-408).  You are required to give notice to the other parent under Arizona law.  You must give 45 days notice either by process server or by certified mail, return receipt requested.  The other parent then has the opportunity to file an objection in court.  If there is an objection, the court will schedule a hearing.  If you are concerned that the other parent will object, you should get some legal advice.  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  hour.  The telephone number is (866) 637-5341.  Both Maricopa and Pima Counties have lawyer referral programs that offer a 30 minute consult with an attorney.  Maricopa County's Lawyer Referral Service offers its 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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