Family Lawyer Phoenix AZ

Divorce

Divorce is one of the most difficult processes you will ever experience. Deciding to end a marriage is a major life-changing event for you and your family and should not be taken lightly.

If you are considering a divorce, or your spouse has recently filed a divorce petition, it is important to understand your rights. We can help guide you through this process.

Child Support

Parents have a legal duty to support their children. When parents do not live together, often one parent ends up paying child support to the other.

Whether you expect to pay or receive child support, an attorney can help guide you through the process and ensure that both your interests, and the interests of your child, are being protected.

Legal Decision Making

When parents separate, a custody determination must be made regarding the parties’ minor children. The court will consider the best interest of the children when determining custody, or legal decision making, as it is know in Arizona.

An attorney can assist you in making sure that you have the best plan in place for your family.

Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance, or alimony, is determined at the discretion of the court, and can vary greatly in the amount and how long such maintenance will be awarded.

An experienced attorney can help you navigate the process of seeking, or defending against, a request for spousal maintenance, and ensure that fairness prevails.

Domestic Violence

Unfortunately, many individuals, both women and men, are victims of domestic violence each year. Domestic violence takes many forms and can involve threats, property damage, and assault.

If you have experienced domestic violence we can assist you in obtaining an order of protection or an injunction against harassment to make the violence stop.

Paternity

Establishing paternity is an essential component in obtaining rights for biological fathers. If the mother does not stipulate to paternity, this may involve a court-ordered DNA test to establish proof that a man is the father of a child.

If you are a man seeking custody rights to your child, or a woman trying to secure child support payments, it may be essential to work through the legal paternity test process.

Legal Separation

Whether for personal, religious, or financial reasons, some couples choose legal separation instead of divorce. Merely moving out and separating does not mean that you and your spouse are separated in the eyes of the law.

If you and your spouse wish to legally separate a decree of legal separation must be entered by the court. An experienced attorney can assist you in this process and ensure that your rights are protected as you separate from your spouse.

Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements help protect and define an individual’s interests before, during, and after a marriage. Parties may wish to enter into these agreements to protect sole and separate property or merely to agree that no spousal maintenance will be paid in the event of divorce.

If you and your potential spouse are considering a prenuptial agreement it is important to have an attorney help draft and review any agreement before you sign.