Woman can’t use fertilized embryos without ex-husband’s consent, Arizona Supreme Court rules; nevertheless a balanced ruling, says Rose Law Group family law attorney Audra Petrolle

By Maria Polletta | Arizona Republic A Phoenix woman who preserved fertilized embryos before undergoing cancer treatment cannot use them without the consent of her ex-husband and must donate them instead, the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled. In an opinion released Thursday, the five justices who considered the case reversed an Appeals Court decision that found Ruby Torres’ right to …

Arizona families caught in middle of debate over ‘conversion therapy’ ban; Rose Law Group Family Attorney Audra Petrolle approves of the ban

By Nicole Crites | 3TV/CBS 5 The American Medical Association is calling for a nationwide ban on “conversion therapy,” and in a landmark move later this month, Utah will become the 19th state to ban the practice for minors. Not only did Utah’s Republican governor go around the Legislature to pass this, but The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day …

A daughter’s journey: Years of heartache fade as Aliyah chooses her new family; Rose Law Group Family Law Attorney Audra Petrolle: adoption is a ‘beautiful gift’

Two and a half years after moving to Phoenix, the chaos ends for Rihanna Agnew. She can only hope her biological mother finds her way home. By Karina Bland | Arizona Republic The Agnews felt like everything Aliyah Randle wanted in a family. When she learned a judge had terminated her biological mother’s parental rights, Aliyah asked the Agnews to …

Paul Petersen’s wife files for divorce; a successful claim could be Pyrrhic victory, says Rose Law Group family attorney Audra Petrolle

Raquel Petersen alleges Maricopa County assessor hid and spent their money for his own benefit. Prosecutors have seized both their assets as potential restitution By Brahm Resnik | 12 News The wife of suspended Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen has filed for divorce, accusing her husband of hiding and spending their money for his own benefit, 12 News has learned. …

Hoffman says vaccine exemption, Pledge of Allegiance bills unnecessary; ‘exemption could invite litigation,’ says Rose Law Group family attorney Audra Petrolle

By Jessica Swarner | KTAR Arizona’s top education official says there’s no need for two education-related bills being pushed by a state representative. Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said Thursday that Republican Rep. John Fillmore’s bills concerning vaccines and the Pledge of Allegiance attempt to solve problems that don’t exist. The first bill, which Fillmore told KTAR News 92.3 FM is meant …

When dad turns out to be the fertility doctor. ‘Tech outpacing laws,’ says Rose Law Group family attorney Audra Petrolle

By Adam Liptak | The New York Times Magazine Scores of families, using commercial DNA testing kits, have learned in recent years that, decades ago, their doctors lied to them. The doctors told infertile couples seeking artificial insemination that they would use sperm from a medical student, from someone who resembled the husband or simply from an anonymous donor. Instead, …

Arizona Department of Child Safety doesn’t give foster parents information needed to keep kids safe; new portal will help, says Rose Law Group family attorney, Audra Petrolle

By Dianna M. Nanez The Arizona Department of Child Safety isn’t giving foster parents the information they are legally entitled to, so they can properly care for children the state places in their homes, according to a state auditor general report.  Because DCS did not inform a foster parent of a child’s medical conditions, one child went into anaphylactic shock “due to …

After a divorce, who gets the dog? Rose Law Group family attorney Audra Petrolle explains ‘furry friend’ options in Arizona

I recommend a petnup. By Steven Petrow | The New York Times “I have some good news,” my divorce lawyer told me during our second consultation in her downtown Durham, N.C., office. Before divulging it, she asked a question: “Are you willing to pay $16,000 for Zoe?” In our first meeting I’d explained to the lawyer, Milan Pham, that I didn’t really …

Rose Law Group family attorney Audra Petrolle on Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie’s new approach to co-parenting, post-divorce

By Julie Sprankles | sheknows Breaking up is hard to do under the best circumstances. Add six children into the mix and contentious circumstances surrounding the split, and things are bound to get complicated. But, after two years, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are learning to co-parent after divorce — although, not surprisingly, it has taken a lot of “compromise.” Nine months ago, …