Should I use a Paralegal Instead of an Attorney for an Arizona Legal Action?

As a Family Law Attorney in Arizona, I am not a fan of people using paralegals in lieu of attorneys in most situations.  Paralegals are not allowed to give legal advice, so you may end up with forms that are procedurally correct, but inappropriate for your situation.  I have had to correct mistakes caused by using a paralegal on a number of occasions. People tend to use paralegals because they cannot afford attorneys.  First, if you just need forms, they are offered for free at the Maricopa … [Read more...]

What Happens in an Arizona Paternity Action?

A paternity action is what one files when they have a child or children with another person who is not his/her spouse.  In an Arizona paternity action, the Court will establish who the father of the child/children is.  If a parent disputes paternity, he/she can request a DNA test.  The Court will also establish custody (whether the parents should share joint custody or one parent should have sole custody), parental access, child support, and the division of any lying in expenses (expenses … [Read more...]

Jared C. Simmons, ESQ resume

JARED C. SIMMONS, ESQ. 8160 E. Butherus Drive Suite 7 Scottsdale, Arizona  85260 (W)(480) 998-1500 (E)Jared@SGLawAZ.com EDUCATION SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, DALLAS, TEXAS RECEIVED J.D.—MAY 1996 (TOP 1/3RD OF CLASS) ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, TEMPE, ARIZONA • Double Major: 1991 B.S. Political Science/Psychology, Graduated with honors • President: Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE SIMMONS & GOTTFRIED, PLLC (FORMERLY SIMMONS LAW OFFICES) … [Read more...]

How is Child Support Calculated in Arizona

In Arizona, child support is calculated pursuant to the Arizona Child Support Guidelines.  The Guidelines can be found on line at:  http://www.supreme.state.az.us/dr/childsup/CSG2004.pdf.  The Guidelines are intended to approximate:  “the amount that would have been spent on the children if the parents and children were living together.”  The Guidelines then determine each parent’s proportionate share. In a nutshell, Arizona looks at the following factors to determine child support: •   … [Read more...]

Can You Mediate A Dispute Involving Children in Arizona?

If your relationship is ending in Arizona and you have natural or adopted children, you likely need Court Orders addressing your children.  When you are ending a marriage, the legal action is called a dissolution of marriage (or divorce).   When you are not married, but have children, the legal action is called a paternity action.   In either case, you will need orders regarding child custody, a parenting (or visitation) plan,  Arizona child support and the division of medical expenses and tax … [Read more...]

Why To Use A Mediator When Resolving Business Disputes in Arizona

Today’s business world moves very quickly and success depends upon establishing and maintaining successful working relationships.  The difference between success and failure can often be simply communicating and resolving disputes amicably before the relationships are forever damaged.  Mediation can successfully and inexpensively resolve disputes and open lines of communication that foster better business relationships. Some of the benefits of Mediation in Arizona over litigation include: … [Read more...]

Divorce Arizona

Arizonans who want a Arizona divorce need to file a  “dissolution of marriage” proceeding in the State's Superior Court.  Arizona is a no fault divorce state.  This means that a party does not have to allege wrongdoing to obtain a divorce.  The Court need only find that the marriage is “irretrievably broken with no reasonable prospect of reconciliation” to grant a divorce.  That means that there is no reasonable chance that the marriage will be able to survive.  Only one party has to ask for the … [Read more...]

Are There Times When Mediation Is Not An Option? Phoenix Mediation

In a perfect world there would be no disputes, and everyone would just get along.  The second best option is a world where all disputes would be settled by the mediation process.  The good news is that mediation works in most cases.  There are just a few situations where when mediation will not be an appropriate method to settle a conflict. When Is Mediation Not Going To Work? Mediation will not work if one or more parties refuses to participate in good faith. Mediation needs to be entered … [Read more...]

What Do You Do If You Are Mediating your Arizona Divorce and You Believe That Your Spouse Has Hidden Assets?

What Do You Do If You Are Mediating Your Arizona Divorce , But You Think That Your Spouse May Have  Hidden Assets? Some parties to a divorce think that the other party has hidden assets.  It is true that people can, and undoubtedly have, successfully hidden assets before, whether involved in a litigated or mediated case.  Mediation can address complex issues, like hidden assets. At times, it is just a lack of information about the family finances that renders parties suspicious.  An open … [Read more...]

Why Arizona Attorneys Should Encourage their Client’s to Mediate with a Private Mediator

What Arizona attorneys want, more than anything else, are happy, satisfied clients. Happy, satisfied clients make attorneys’ jobs fulfilling.  These types of clients are also more likely to pay their bills, not complain and refer their friends and colleagues to their attorneys. Attorneys who use mediation in Arizona are more likely to have happy, satisfied clients.  With mediation, there is no losing party.  The clients save money, time and the stress of a trial, and they have the … [Read more...]

Alona M. Gottfried, Esq.
8160 E Butherus Dr, Suite #7 Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (480) 776-8271