Mesa Family Law and Divorce Attorneys, Edwards & Petersen
If you are consulting a family law attorney, chances are good that this is a stressful, highly emotional time in your life. You need an experienced attorney guiding you through the process, someone who respects the gravity of your situation, who will support you and advocate for the best interests of you and your family. At Edwards & Petersen, we support you every step of the way, making sure you understand the full impact of every decision, every choice. We treat each client with the respect and compassion he or she deserves, working tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome as you face this difficult time.
Divorce (Dissolution of Marriage)
Dissolution of marriage is Arizona’s legal definition of divorce. The attorneys at Edwards & Petersen are Mesa divorce lawyers dedicated to informing you of your rights and educating you about the divorce process in Arizona.
Even when both partners agree to part amicably, divorce is a stressful, often frightening time. You’re likely worried about your future and you want to know what happens next. At Edwards & Petersen, we help alleviate some of your anxiety by explaining each step of the process, guiding you through this transition to the next phase of your life.
Child Custody (Legal Decision Making)
Determining child custody, legal decision making, and parenting time is probably the most emotionally fraught and consequential aspect of family law. You want to protect your rights and do what’s best for your child, while also protecting your child from the tensions surrounding this process.
At Edwards & Petersen, we help our clients navigate their way through this emotional minefield, working towards an amicable, fair parenting plan. In cases where this is truly not possible, we advocate for your rights in court.
Spousal Maintenance (Formerly Alimony)
Formerly known as alimony, spousal maintenance is the money one spouse pays to another after receiving a dissolution of marriage decree. The intent is to provide financial support when one spouse is unable to provide for his or her own needs, assuming that spouse meets the other requirements to receive maintenance (see Eligibility). Typically, spousal maintenance is ordered for a specific length of time.
Spousal maintenance is one of the most complex areas of divorce, as two judges looking at the same set of facts may reach drastically different conclusions. In addition, Arizona has no guidelines surrounding spousal maintenance, such as its guidelines for child support. The support of an experienced attorney helps ensure the best outcome regarding spousal maintenance.
Child Support Enforcement
Though child support payments are paid to the main custodial parent, these funds are for the child, not the parent, and intended to provide food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, and much more.
Ideally, both parents willingly provide the financial support every child needs and deserves. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some parents refuse to follow the court’s ruling as regards support. The state of Arizona has a variety of methods designed to collect unpaid child support.
Court Order Modifications
If life teaches us anything, it is that circumstances change. People lose jobs, illness strikes, and schedules change. If you experience significant changes in your circumstances, you may wish to request a modification to a court order.
Requesting a court order modification comes with a variety of stipulations and requirements that an experienced family attorney helps guide you through.
In an acrimonious divorce, one of the more common issues is one spouse hiding assets from the other (and the court). Your attorney uses a tool called “discovery” to uncover hidden assets.
There are numerous reasons a spouse may choose to attempt to hide assets, as well as a wide variety of assets he or she may attempt to shield. People typically consider the family home, savings and checking accounts, and retirement funds as the extent of marital property. In reality, these assets are rarely hidden – at least not for long – as they are so easy to discover.