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If you’re looking for an Arizona divorce lawyer, then you’re likely going through one of the most emotional and stressful times in your life. The decision to file for divorce is a difficult one, and you may be required to make painful legal and financial decisions that will impact your financial security, your children’s lives, your income and other aspects of your lifestyle. It is extremely important to know what you can expect before you begin initiating divorce proceedings. (more)
Legal Decision-Making (formerly known as joint legal custody) refers to the right of a person to make decisions about the physical, educational, health and spiritual needs of the child. Joint legal decision-making provides a way for both parents to have a voice in how their children will be raised. Arizona courts do not favor one parent over the other, based on gender, while deciding on legal decision-making. (more)
Arizona is a community property state and property acquired during the marriage will typically be divided equally between the parties. If couples cannot agree on who gets what property, an Arizona Family Law Judge will decide how the property is divided at trial. (more)
With more than 50 percent of marriages in the United States ending in divorce, many people decide to protect their finances in the event of a divorce by entering into a prenup agreement. A Prenup is also referred to as a Premarital Agreement or Prenuptial Agreement. It is a written contract entered into by a couple prior to the marriage that outlines the possession of assets, treatment of future earnings, and establishes how assets will be split if the marriage should end in a divorce. (more)
After a divorce or custody order has been finalized, there may be new developments or changes in circumstances that call for a post-decree modification. Such changes can be a simple as a parent receiving a raise, or as substantial as a parent relocating out of state. No matter how detailed your decree or order is, it is impossible to anticipate every change that may occur. When there has been a significant change that affects either parties’ income or the best interests of the children, modification to the decree should also occur. (more)
Spousal Maintenance, which is also known as alimony or spousal support, is an order requiring one spouse to make maintenance payments to the other spouse to support him or her financially. In general, the spouse that earns a higher income pays money to the spouse that earns a lower income for a period of time. Generally, spousal maintenance payments are offered temporarily, as a way to allow an individual to transition back to the work force. (more)
An Order of Protection is commonly referred to as a Restraining Order, Protective Order, or Injunction Against Harassment. Essentially, it is a court order with the purpose of protecting the safety and well-being of one or more persons who are being harmed, threatened, or harassed by another person. You may need to obtain an Order of Protection if your spouse, ex-spouse, or the other parent has physically, emotionally, or verbally committed domestic violence against you or your children. (more)
Once orders have been entered by the court, whether pursuant to an agreement or after a hearing, both parties are required to follow the orders. Unfortunately, parties do not always comply with orders in a timely manner and you may have to seek court assistance in enforcing the orders. Not only is it frustrating to have to seek enforcement, but the party’s failure to obey an order can deprive you or your children of necessary financial support. (more)
Arizona law requires parents to provide reasonable support for their minor children. It is important that your children receive the support they need for their basic needs and care. It is also important that each parent has a reasonable expectation of the amount of child support they will receive or pay. Determining which parent is responsible for child support and the monthly amount of support is one of the most litigated issues in Family Law. (more)
Divorces for high net worth individuals and couples with significant financial assets will commonly have additional complex issues that require a more in-depth analysis. While every divorce involves the division of property and finances, some cases involce certain assets that can be complicated to divide and require additional time and attention to determine the nature and extent of the asset. (more)
Parenting time is another term for visitation. It is important for a child to continue to have a meaningful relationship with both parents and Arizona courts will order parenting time to ensure that a child has continuing contact with both parents. However, parenting time may be limited or even denied if a court finds that a child is at risk of suffering from any kind of physical, mental or emotional harm resulting from contact with a parent. (more)
An uncontested divorce is possible if both spouses agree on the key terms of the divorce. An uncontested divorce in Arizona can save both parties money and time by avoiding the litigation process and trial. Either by themselves or with assistance of legal counsel, spouses must agree on all major terms such as child custody, parenting time, spousal maintenance, and property division and include those agreements in a Consent Decree or Consent Order. If the parties fail to reach an agreement on any issue, the divorce is no longer uncontested, and the parties must proceed by trial on the contested issues. (more)