What Happens to the Family Business in an Arizona Divorce?

Family businesses are among the most complex assets that spouses (or family law judges) must divide in an Arizona divorce. Unlike cars, boats, and furniture, companies are living, breathing assets. Fortunately, there are a few ways for divorcing spouses to split up the family business in a divorce. To give a few examples, couples may decide to:  Sell the property outright and split the proceeds. For a variety Read More

How Paternity Works for Unwed Fathers in Arizona

When a married couple has a child together, the wife’s husband is assumed to be the biological father of the child. This applies even when the couple was unmarried when the child was conceived. So, the simplest method of establishing paternity is through marriage to your child’s mother. As the number of unmarried parents continues to climb, it’s worthwhile to know how an unmarried father can get paternity rights. Read More

Immigration Status and How it Affects Child Custody

Though civil and criminal law matters frequently intersect, issues associated with family law and immigration statuses, respectively, can combine for contentious and emotional legal circumstances. As soon as a marriage or relationship goes south, unsavory spouses occasionally use the immigration status of the other spouse against them.  Conversely, family courts recognize the importance of resolving disputes Read More

Physical vs. Legal Custody in Arizona

When most people hear the term “child custody,” they think of the place where a child (who has co-parents) lies his or her head at night; swapping out living arrangements on Sunday afternoons; and everything else that comes with physical custody of a child. When talking about child custody, though, it is important to distinguish between the two types of custody: legal and physical.  In Arizona, Read More

Overview of Spousal Maintenance and Other Financial Repercussions of Divorce

Divorce is a major life event, just like marriage, the birth of your child, or the death of a loved one. It can stir up so many emotions and cause so much stress, but having the right attorney there by your side can make all the difference. One thing a competent attorney can do is to fight for a fair amount of spousal support payments for you; in Arizona, spousal support is officially termed “spousal Read More

What Does “Irretrievably Broken” Mean in an Arizona Divorce?

Arizona is a “no-fault” divorce state, meaning that a couple seeking a divorce in Arizona can experience a relatively easy and private dissolution of their marriage. While divorce is never truly easy on a couple, by allowing for a marriage to be dissolved if it is shown that a marriage is “irretrievably broken” the spouse filing for divorce does not need: The consent or permission of the other spouse;To air Read More

What are Covenant Marriages and Do I Want One?

Some marrying spouses take their marriage vows seriously: they truly pledge themselves to remain married to their spouse “for better or for worse, till death do [them] part.” Whether this philosophy is rooted in the person’s religious background and upbringing or whether it originates from some other source, these spouses may feel as if the traditional civil marriage process does not completely reflect the solemnity Read More

Am I Allowed to Take My Child Out of the Country?

Extended family members like grandparents, aunts, and uncles can all enrich a child’s life and usually welcome every opportunity they can get to see a new grandchild/niece/nephew. When a married couple has extended family living in different cities or states, it can be challenging to arrange visits with each spouse’s extended family members so that each extended family feels as if they are being included in the Read More

Critical Financial Considerations When Navigating a Divorce

Anyone who is in the process of navigating a divorce hopes that the process will go as quickly and smoothly as possible. Unfortunately, many people make significant financial mistakes as they go through the divorce process. The financial decisions that a person makes during divorce can greatly contribute to his or her economic situation afterward, which is why it is important to have an attorney on your side helping Read More

Common Questions About the Fathers’ Rights in Arizona

Parents in Arizona have a right to maintain relationships with their children, which is supported by a number of different state laws. Arizona law was created to help preserve the relationship that a child has with both a mother and father. Courts in Arizona are required to not interfere with these relationships unless it is necessary to do so. Despite this, many fathers in Arizona have questions about how courts Read More