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What a Prenuptial Agreement Means for Marriage and Divorce

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A prenuptial agreement may seem antithetical to what marriage is supposed to be about: love and commitment. But having an agreement in place serves a salutary purpose: deciding in advance how the couple’s financial affairs will be settled should the marriage end in divorce. A prenuptial agreement is a contract between parties intending marriage, outlining […]

Arizona Parenting Plans and Why You Need to Have One

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If you are a parent contemplating or going through a divorce, you may be wondering about what your child’s new living arrangement will be and how you and your co-parent will make decisions on behalf of your child. Arizona law requires that divorcing couples seeking joint custody of their children develop a written parenting plan, […]

How U.S. Tax Law Changes Affect Alimony in Arizona

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Federal law revisions that took effect in 2018 change how income from alimony (known as spousal maintenance in Arizona) is treated for tax purposes. The revisions apply to all divorces and separations concluded after January 1, 2019. Under prior law, the person receiving alimony paid income tax on the income and the person paying alimony […]

The New Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure (ARFLP)

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“Big changes happened on January 1st, 2019 as The Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure (ARFLP) were updated and went into effect January 1st, 2019. The updated Rules are not on the internet yet, so anyone thinking about filing in family court needs to reference the New Rules. There are approximately 100 New Family Rule […]

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 […]

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