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AZ IS A COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATE:

The information contained below is based upon our interpretation of the statutes, our experience in family law and what we think most judges will order with this experience in mind. Community property is defined roughly as everything acquired after the date of marriage until service of process. “Community” applies to both assets and liabilities obtained […]

WHAT ARE THIRD PARTY RIGHTS?

The information contained below is based upon our interpretation of the statutes, our experience in family law and what we think most judges will order with this experience in mind. This is what used to be called “Grandparent’s Rights” until a recent statutory change. The purpose of this statute is to allow a person who […]

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LEGAL SEPARATION AND DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE?

The information contained below is based upon our interpretation of the statutes, our experience in family law and what we think most judges will order with this experience in mind. What is the difference between getting a divorce and legal separation? Simply, at the conclusion of a dissolution, the marriage has ended. With a legal […]

HOW IS CHILD SUPPORT DETERMINED?

The information contained below is based upon our interpretation of the statutes, our experience in family law and what we think most judges will order with this experience in mind. Child support is calculated by a software program which is kept current every few years by a state-wide committee. The driving force in the calculation […]

HOW LONG WILL THIS CASE TAKE?

The information contained below is based upon our interpretation of the statutes, our experience in family law and what we think most judges will order with this experience in mind. Nothing in family law court moves quickly. A few years ago, it could take up to 22 months to finish a dissolution (divorce) action. Today, […]

CONSIDERATION FOR SPOUSEL MAINTENCE (F.K.A. ALIMONY):

The information contained below is based upon our interpretation of the statutes, our experience in family law and what we think most judges will order with this experience in mind. The statutory basis is set out in the Arizona Revised Statues §25-319 which requires the court to consider some important items. The most significant of […]

PATH TO SUCCESS:

The information contained below is based upon our interpretation of the statutes, our experience in family law and what we think most judges will order with this experience in mind. In family law, many situations look hopeless to the parties going through the problem. However, there is always hope that if one does the right […]

EFFECTIVE DATE:

The information contained below is based upon our interpretation of the statutes, our experience in family law and what we think most judges will order with this experience in mind. In family law litigation, actions will be filed with the court but will not be heard or ruled upon until sometime later. So, the question […]

Do Couples Need To Go To Court For An Arizona Divorce?

If you choose an uncontested divorce, you can potentially go through the process without a hearing or a trial, provided you meet certain basic requirements and precisely follow procedures. However, the law has many rules, so you still need experienced legal support to help ensure you do not find yourself standing before a judge unexpectedly. […]

Does Arizona Covenant Marriage Prevent Divorce?

Entering into a covenant marriage — which is not an easy process — requires couples to undergo pre-marital counseling and present a sworn affidavit as part of the marriage certificate application process. Couples who enter into a covenant marriage sign a promise to seek marital counseling in the event of marital difficulties. However, the actual […]

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