Just as it sounds, family law is any type of law that has to do with families. This includes:
- Divorce (Dissolution of marriage)
- Child Custody (Legal Decision Making)
- Spousal Maintenance (formerly Alimony)
- Child Support Enforcement
- Court Order Modifications
- Hidden Assets
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Divorce, Child Custody, and Spousal Maintenance
Divorce is one of the top reasons individuals seek family law assistance. Arizona is a “no-fault” state; as long as one person in the marriage claims it is “irretrievably broken,” the process can begin.
The dissolution of marriage, as Arizona refers to a divorce, is typically the point at which spousal maintenance, child custody (or legal decision making), and child support are determined. One must live or be stationed in Arizona for 90 days before filing for divorce.
Spousal maintenance is what one individual supplies the other with if the other spouse meets eligibility criteria and is unable to meet his/her own needs. Some criteria are:
- You can prove you contributed to your spouse’s educational opportunities
- You do not have the skills or health needed to be self-sufficient
State law requires a child to be a resident of the state for six months before the court can rule on any legal decision making. The judge will decide whether the parents should have joint or sole decision making abilities based on the facts presented.
When ruling on legal authority to make decisions, judges consider the following:
- Relationships between child and each parent
- Child’s wishes (depending on age and maturity)
- Mental and physical health of all involved
- How the child will adjust to school, community, and home
- Which parent will allow meaningful visits for the other parent
Paying child support is just as serious in Arizona as it is in any other state. Arizona has a number of ways to flesh out parents to ensure they make their payments, including:
- Wage Garnishment
- Lien on Personal Property
- Child Support Evader Program
- Credit Bureau Reporting
- License Suspension/Revocation
When you are facing legal problems regarding your family, it is difficult to make a decision about which attorney is best. While lending a sympathetic ear, we provide unbeatable, compassionate counsel you can rely on and trust. For a free consultation, contact Edwards & Petersen today so we can begin representing you immediately.
In Arizona, a divorce is known as “dissolution of marriage,” and it is a court process designed to end a marriage legally. Besides terminating the union, an Arizona court has the authority to divide certain debts and property of the spouses. Contact an Arizona divorce attorney today.Learn More
If you and your spouse are getting a divorce, and you have children together, ensuring that they continue to be well looked after is one of the most important things to consider. In the state of Arizona, the term “legal decision making” has been used instead of “child custody” since 2013.Learn More
In Arizona, “Spousal Maintenance” is what historically people think of as alimony. It relates to the money paid by one spouse to the other as part of a Dissolution of Marriage Decree. The purpose of the payment is to provide support to a spouse unable to provide for his/her needs, as long as he/she also meets other state requirements. In many cases, the higher earner in the marriage must assist the lower earner financially for a certain period.Learn More
Court Order Modifications
If you believe there is a need to alter a family court order, modification is possible with the help of an experienced Arizona attorney.
Admittedly, a court order modification in Arizona is not an easy process, which is why you need the help of a legal team. Below, we look at important details regarding the modifying of court orders.Learn More
Child Support Enforcement
Child support is not just the practice of providing children with economic assistance; it should also involve parents meeting their moral and ethical obligation to support their child’s emotional and psychological needs.Learn More
Unfortunately, not all divorce proceedings go smoothly, and one of the most common issues involves spouses hiding their assets from their soon to be ex-partner (and the court). Fortunately, you can use a legal tool called “discovery” to uncover these hidden assets.Learn More