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VIDEO: Hiring an Attorney

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | September 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
Platt & Westby attorney, Elizabeth Westby, speaks about hiring an attorney and…

What Is A "Life Estate"?

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | September 21, 2018 | 0 Comments
A life estate is an interest in real property that terminates upon…

Communicating Religious Values in Your Estate Plan

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | September 6, 2018 | 0 Comments
Estate planning documents are designed to help and provide for families at…

Effect Of Military Benefits When Calculating Arizona Child Support

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | August 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Military members typically receive many benefits for their service to our country. These benefits may be counted as income when calculating child support in Arizona. For instance, a military member may receive money for a housing allowance or the military member may receive free housing rather than a housing allowance.

In the Arizona Court of Appeals case of Patterson v. Patterson, the Court ruled that the value of military-provided on-base housing might be included in a parent’s income for child support calculations, based on the court’s determination as to whether the value of that benefit is significant and reduces the parent’s living expenses.

The court’s opinion relied on the language in the Arizona Child Support Guidelines which states that “income from any source” is includable as gross income. These guidelines also require the cash value of “other non-cash benefits” be counted as gross income if they are significant and reduce personal living expenses.

VIDEO: Construction Defect Law

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | July 30, 2018 | 0 Comments
Cracks in your foundation, a leaking roof, water damaged walls, among other…

Divorce And Life Insurance

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | July 23, 2018 | 0 Comments
A Court in Arizona has just granted you spousal maintenance and child…

Arizona Child Support Collection

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | July 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Collection of Child Support is often difficult, but government, State and Federal, wants payment to be made and has provided a large amount of help. If a parent does not pay child support, he or she is subject to enforcement measures to collect regular and past-due payments.

Prior to 2006, there was a three year statute of limitations for collecting on a judgment for child support arrears. The statute of limitations for collection of child support was eliminated in 2006. The following are some of the enforcement measures for collecting past due child support.

Guardianship And Conservatorships For Adults

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | June 11, 2018 | 0 Comments
As grandparents, parents or other family members grow older, they often get…

Should I Reaffirm My Debt in Bankruptcy?

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments
When you file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and have a car loan,…

How Do I Get A Conservatorship For A Minor?

By Platt & Westby, P.C. | May 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Acting as a conservator for a minor is a difficult but important task. A conservator must use the assets of the minor only for the minor’s support, care, education or benefit and never for the benefit of the conservator. If a conservator is misusing a minor’s funds in some cases they can be exposed to potential personal liability or court sanctions.

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