Scott Disick, Tristan Thompson and Travis Scott all have one thing in common; can you guess what it is? That’s right! None of them have court orders regarding Parenting Time or Custody! All three of these men have children with one of the Kardashian sisters, but legally have no way to enforce Parenting Time or Custody. What does this mean for Khloe Kardashian now that her and Tristan Thompson have split up? Well, the couple has been living in both Ohio and California since the birth of their daughter, True, and one of the first steps in filing for legal action in a family law case is determining what Court has jurisdiction over the matter. The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) is an act that has been adopted by every state except for Massachusetts. The UCCJEA sets forth the policies for what constitutes a court’s child custody jurisdiction in a family law matter. In order to determine which state has proper jurisdiction the UCCJEA uses the following factors:

  1. The home state of the child is one in which the child has lived in for six months immediately before the custody proceedings began. If the child is under the age of six months, jurisdiction falls to the state in which the child was born.
  2. If no single state has jurisdiction based on item 1, jurisdiction falls where the child and parent have significant connections other than residence. This may include extended family ties.
  3. If a state has jurisdiction as defined by provision 1 or 2, it may decline to exercise this jurisdiction if it wishes to do so by transferring jurisdiction to another state.

Determining which Court has jurisdiction could potentially become a confusing and complicated battle on its own. If Khloe decides to mimic the parenting styles of her sisters, she may choose to not involve the courts at all and hope Tristan is willing to co-parent without court orders. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, and of course will be a huge part of the upcoming season of Keeping Up with the Kardashian’s which premieres Sunday, March 31st.

Find out more about your family law issue in a free consultation.  Our lawyers at Dodge & Vega are absolutely the best.  Speak with them now over the phone or schedule an in person consult.

 

Written By:

Andrea Cadillo, Dodge & Vega PLC

 

 

 

 

Dodge & Vega PLC

Ben Dodge, Esq., Attorney, Entrepreneur, Endurance/Ultra Cyclist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Family Law Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is. In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Divorce and Taxes! Claiming Dependency Exemptions for Newly Divorced Parents

Tax season is in full swing! If you were recently divorced, there is a good chance this will be your first time filing individual income tax returns separate from your ex-spouse. Filing taxes is already pretty daunting for most, like me. But if you and your ex-spouse share minor children, there is also the added hassle of determining who is allowed to and supposed to claim the child(ren) on taxes this year.

As part of finalizing your divorce, the Court allocated the child dependency exemptions for income tax purposes between you and your ex-spouse. But how those exemptions were allocated varies depending on, among other things, each party’s proportionate share of the combined adjusted gross income. Typically, the Court will look at each party’s adjusted gross income and then allocate to each parent the exemptions(s) proportionate to their share of the combined adjusted gross income. The Court utilizes the Arizona Child Support Guidelines to determine each party’s adjusted gross income and the combined adjusted gross income. Follow the link below to the 2018 Arizona Child Support Guidelines for more information. As an example, let’s say the parties have one child, the Father earns $60,000.00 per year and the Mother earns $40,000.00 per year. The parties’ combined income is $100,000.00, with Father’s share of the combined income being 3/5 and the Mother’s share being 2/5. The dependency exemption would then be allocated using this fraction, unless the parties agreed otherwise, following a pattern that can be repeated in no more than 5 years. The Court could order that Father is eligible to claim the child in the first three out of every five years and Mother is eligible to claim the child in the final two out of every five years, or any other combination that provides Father the exemption three out of every five years.

So how do you determine if this tax season is your turn to claim the child(ren)? The first place to look is your Decree or most recent Child Support Order. There are other considerations to be aware of as well. Often times the Court will include in the Child Support Order a provision prohibiting a parent from claiming any exemptions if they were still behind on any court-ordered child support and arrears payments by December 31st of the year for which the exemption is sought. Yet other times the Court may order that the refund be intercepted and applied towards past-due child support. Unpaid medical reimbursements can also affect a party’s eligibility to claim dependency exemptions. It is important to carefully review your Child Support Order well in advance of April 15th. If you are unsure how to interpret your Child Support Order, call us at 480-656-8333 to schedule a free consultation.

http://www.azcourts.gov/Portals/34/Forms/FamilyLaw/AOCDRS10H2018.pdf

Our lawyers at Dodge & Vega are absolutely the best.  Speak with them now over the phone or schedule an in person consult.

 

Written By:

Randi Partain, Senior Family Law Paralegal, Dodge & Vega PLC

Dodge & Vega PLC

Ben Dodge, Esq., Attorney, Entrepreneur, Endurance/Ultra Cyclist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Divorce Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is. In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

Perhaps you were unaware that you might need a personal injury lawyer. I know before I started working in a law firm, that I did not know how sideways insurance companies can be! I was always under the impression (naively) that the insurance companies were there for the best interest of both parties, and just wanted to make sure that all parties were well taken care of. Boy, was I wrong. If you didn’t already know, the main objective of an insurance company and the adjuster, is to settle the claim as fast and as cheap as possible, even if that means telling you that your claim is BS and not worth much if anything at all.  No matter how nice and friendly they try to appear they have zero intention of doing whats best for you.  Its just sad to realize and experience the truth of that.

 

If you find yourself with an injury related accident, that you feel is not your fault, you should ALWAYS consult with an attorney. At our firm, we have no cost consultations available for any potential personal injury client. What do you have to lose now? At this point, you are hurt and can be left with a loss in job profits along with bills to pay, kids to take care of and you do not know what to do at this point. You very well might have a great claim that can possibly pay off your medical bills you incurred from the injury, and also pay for your property damage at the very least. Yes, it’s okay you can take a deep breath now!

 

Bottom line, if you have been in any kind of injury related accident do not hesitate to contact an attorney right away.  You’ll need to discuss your particular situation before making any quick decisions to deal with the insurance company or the adjuster on your own!

 

Find out more about your personal injury case and how to protect your rights in a free consultation.  Our lawyers at Dodge & Vega are absolutely the best.  Our mission is simple: “To take the crisis out of our clients’ lives.” We are here for you. We have your back!  Speak with them now over the phone or schedule an in person consult.

 

Written By:

Angelica Wilson, Dodge & Vega PLC

 

 

 

 

Dodge & Vega PLC

Ben Dodge, Esq., Attorney, Entrepreneur, Endurance/Ultra Cyclist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Personal Injury Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is. In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

Exciting news for all bankruptcy attorneys and their clients! In April of 2013 the Arizona Bankruptcy Exemptions were finally updated. The previously low exemptions are now higher (although in most cases far too low in my opinion). The nutshell means that more of your stuff is now protected when you go through a bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy exemptions serve the important purpose of protecting your assets, especially in a chapter 7 bankruptcy. When you file a chapter 7 bankruptcy, also known as a “liquidation bankruptcy,” your assets are subject to seizure and auction if they are unprotected. This is really not a huge deal as most people that need to file a bankruptcy do not have assets which are unprotected. However, in some cases your car may be worth too much, or your wedding rings, etc. Now that the new Arizona bankruptcy exemptions are in place more of those personal items can be protected!

For example, the equity in your car went from $5,000 up to $6,000! And the cash in your bank account went from $150 per person to $300 per person!

You can see the full list of the new Arizona bankruptcy exemptions compared to the old ones, on our website here: New Arizona Bankruptcy Exemptions – 2013

If you have any questions regarding the new Arizona bankruptcy exemptions please contact us at (480) 656-8333 or submit a case inquiry and we will meet with you for a free consult to discuss these new and exciting changes.

We proudly support World Autism Awareness Month during the month of April. The world autism awareness day was yesterday April 2nd. We Dodge & Vega deep ties to the autism community and are proud to help support and sponsor autism awareness. The official color of autism awareness is blue. Many famous buildings and homes including the Empire State building in NYC will “light it up blue” on April 2nd. You will likely see many of our attorneys and staff wearing blue t-shirts. You may see blue lights in our lamps, or blue balloons and banners in our offices. We have pledged to help raise awareness for autism and are proud to help support the community of professionals dedicated to researching causes and cures for autism. New findings have recently been released citing autism as the most prevalent childhood affliction. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with cancer, aids, diabetes, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy combined!

In one year from yesterday on the World Autism Awareness Day of April 2nd of 2013 – Ben Dodge and Bacho Vega will begin an epic journey to raise funds and awareness for Autism by running nearly 2,000 miles from the border of Canada to the Border of Mexico along the Pacific Coast and then finishing in Phoenix Arizona. The journey will consist of each runner running the full distance at an average of 50 miles per day for 6 weeks. No one has ever dared to run this far in the name of Autism. Ben and Bacho are excited as they prepare for this epic journey focused on doing their part to help the cause of autism.

Some of our favorite Autism links:

http://www.autismcenter.org

http://www.autismspeaks.org/

Do you have questions about your children or yourself remaining on your spouse’s health insurance plan during a divorce? If so, you should call our office to schedule a consultation appointment. There are laws and guidelines in place to ensure that all types of insurance coverage remain effective and in place during a divorce proceeding. If your spouse has removed you from the health insurance benefits, he or she may face an arrest and prosecution for interfering with judicial proceedings, or could be held in contempt of court. This is a very serious situation and if this has happened to you, you should seek the guidance of an attorney immediately. You may be entitled to a variety of forms of relief. You shouldn’t delay in meeting with a qualified attorney immediately so that your rights can be protected.

With 21 years of service in the American Boy Scouts of America, Ben Dodge was inducted into the Grand Canyon Council Venture Crew Hall of Fame on December 2, 2011. Congratulations Ben!

Community Service and Boy Scouts have always been a part of our firm. Its awesome to see young men ages 12-18 progress through the scouting program and eventually find themselves more prepared for life. They develop interpersonal skills, outdoor skills, career training, goal setting skills, and much more. It’s a pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful program and to give back to the community which we love.

This last Saturday I competed in a Sprint Triathlon out in Anthem Arizona with some good friends. It felt good to get out there and do something a bit more relaxed than a full Ironman and to support my friends who also raced. Love triathlons!

I competed in my 3rd Ironman triathlon a few days ago on November 5th in Panama City Florida. 140.6 miles in 15 hours and 40 minutes. The swim of 2.4 miles was actually pretty calm compared to the crushing waves of the day before. However, there was the matter of a decent tide constantly pulling you off course and the minefield of jellyfish we had to swim through. A lady I met out on the bike course later during the race told me she hit one of these jellyfish with her face. She said it was 10 minutes of “______” (fill in the bank) and then she was able to keep going. They warned of us of these jellyfish at the start of the race. But seriously, they were everywhere and no warning could have been sufficient to prepare us for that!

The bike was absolutely rough. Although flat, the 112 mile bike ride was windy – very windy! I was racing with Zipp 404 tubular tires. I had a flat at about mile 56. I used every bit of “Pit Stop” and compressed air I had trying to fix about 3-4 times. Finally about mile 96 I was able to get a hold of bike support to switch out my entire back wheel. But I swear – 40 miles of riding in the wind with a flat tire was horrible. Definitely took a toll on my legs as well as my overall time.

Finally finishing the bike portion of this race I transitioned as quickly as possible to the run and tried to remember why I was out there – because at this point I felt just a bit angry at my bike experience. A couple of miles into the 26.3 mile full marathon run my legs finally felt like they were there again and the run went as most runs do for me at Ironman. Run… walk… then run some more, walk some more, take a break at an aid station… run a bit more, then walk some more, etc. I’ve never been a good runner. But at this race I definitely it my personal best with a faster run time than ever before. I really pushed it and when I finally came across the finish line I felt like weak. Next thing I know I am stumbling into some volunteers and then its lights out. I passed out and came to in the medical tent. 45 minutes later they released me and then it was time for bed!

Love Ironman.