Arizona Divorce Laws

There are a number of divorce laws in Arizona that the Court and parties are to rely on in the Arizona divorce process.  There are statutes (called the “Arizona Revised Statutes” or “A.R.S.”), which are laws created by the Arizona legislature.  The laws regarding a dissolution of marriage are set forth in Title 25 of the Statutes.  That Title also addresses paternity actions, separation actions, grandparents/non-parents actions and modification and other post-decree actions.  The most widely … [Read more...]

How Do Assets Get Divided In An Arizona Divorce?

In an Arizona divorce, the parties’ community property must be divided equitably. The Arizona Divorce Laws are as follows; What is community property? Community property includes any property obtained during the marriage.  The exception is property one party obtains through gift on inheritance. What does equitably mean? The law says community property should be “equitably” divided.  That means that the division should be near equal.  In other words, instead of dividing a couch in half, one … [Read more...]

How to Prepare for Mediation in Phoenix Arizona

In my last blog entry, I gave four ideas for preparing yourself for a successful mediation.  Below are four other ideas: 1.     Think creatively. Mediation allows you to consider options that the Court would never address.  For example, you can contract for the payment of a common child’s college education in a mediated agreement.  You cannot do that at trial.  Thinking “outside of the box” may result in a much more satisfying resolution of your conflict. 2.     Be ready to … [Read more...]

What Happens At An Arizona Divorce Trial?

The Arizona Court prefers that divorcing parties reach their own agreements.  This is because parties tend to be happier and more compliant with orders when they agree to the terms of the divorce. Further, the Court knows that parties are in the best position to determine the most appropriate Orders for their particular situations.  While the Judge will do his/her best to come up with fair and appropriate orders, the Judge is a stranger to the litigants and their families.  Judges have a … [Read more...]

Who has to Pay for Attorney’s Fees and Costs in Arizona Family Law Cases?

Spousal Maintenance, also known as “alimony” is financial support given to a spouse in a dissolution of marriage or legal separation action.  Spousal maintenance is sometimes intended just to help a party get back on his/her feet (for example, support while a party returns to school to become more marketable) and is sometimes intended to support a party indefinitely. One qualifies for spousal maintenance when that person is unable to support his/her reasonable needs through his/her property or … [Read more...]

How is Spousal Maintenance Determined in Arizona?

Spousal Maintenance, also known as “alimony” is financial support given to a spouse in a dissolution of marriage or legal separation action.  Spousal maintenance is sometimes intended just to help a party get back on his/her feet (for example, support while a party returns to school to become more marketable) and is sometimes intended to support a party indefinitely. One qualifies for spousal maintenance when that person is unable to support his/her reasonable needs through his/her property or … [Read more...]

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