Family Law & Related Areas of Expertise
- Legal Separations
- Dissolutions of Marriage
- Defaults Decrees
- Collaborative & Mediated Divorces
- Same-Sex Separations
- Paternity Issues
- Legal Decision Making Modifications
- Parenting Plan Modifications
- Child Support Modifications
- Third Party Rights
- Protective Orders
- DES Collection Defense
Family law covers a wide range of legal options that address challenges in marriages and the issues surrounding children. Family law includes everything from divorce, separation and same sex partnerships to child support, custody, abuse and more.
As Phoenix-based family law attorneys, we are here to help you through these difficult circumstances. Our approach is to start with a clear understanding of your goals, and then to build a strategy together that gives you the best chance for success.
The legal processes and court procedures for these different areas of family law can be very confusing. We are here to help guide you through the process - with your interests and goals clearly in focus.
Divorce is the process by which a marriage is dissolved and assets are divided.
Legal Decision Making and Parenting Time are the terms used in Arizona to describe what is commonly referred to as Custody and Visitation. These types of cases establish the terms of the co-parenting arrangements between the parents and are determined by the court based upon the best interests of the child.
Child Support is the amount of money a parent is required to pay the parent with primary custody.
Spousal Maintenance is the term used in Arizona to describe what is commonly referred to as Alimony. An award of spousal maintenance depends on the “reasonable needs” of the requesting spouse and is intended to assist the spouse in transitioning towards financial independence where possible.
Collaborative and Mediated Divorces are where the parties agree that they will work together with each other and with the assistance of a third party or team to create an agreement for the terms of a divorce decree. This process is generally faster and less expensive than litigating in court and offers the parties greater flexibility in the process and more control over the outcome.
Third Party Rights generally refers to the process of establishing parenting time for non-biological persons who have acted as a “parent” on behalf of a child. These situations can occur under various circumstances but are more commonly seen in relationships involving grandparents or same sex partners.
Protective Orders, commonly referred to as restraining orders, are court orders which are intended to protect a person from an abuser or harasser. These orders can be assessed against family members, Exes, roommates and even the other parent to an unborn child. These orders can include a protected address such as an apartment, daycare or school and can even be used to restrict the defendant’s access to firearms.
DES Collection Defense refers to circumstances where the State of Arizona, through the Attorney General’s office, establishes a child support order on behalf of a mother against a father but fails to account for parenting time, direct payments, co-habitation or other such issues which may entitle a father to reduce the support amount or arrears balance.