We provide legal services in nearly all areas of family law, including divorce and separation, child custody and support, property distribution, and spousal maintenance. Whether you are considering divorce or already going through one, or having issues with child custody, contact our experienced lawyers today to see how we can help you through this difficult time.
Divorce and Separation
Divorce and separation can be a tumultuous and trying time for the families involved. Divorce is where the spouses are no longer married in contrast legal separation is where there is a court order that dictates the duties and rights of the couple that is still legally married yet living apart. Also, Arizona is a community property state, which affects the division of assets such as finances, property and business created or earned during the marriage. It is important to have an attorney that is well versed in Arizona law regarding divorce and separation.
Arizona has split child custody into two categories known as Parenting Time and Legal Decision Making. Parenting time consists of time or visitation each parent gets to spend with the child. In contrast legal decision-making deals with which parent or parents get to decide the major decisions regarding the child's well-being, medical issues, education, religion preference, and such other decisions. A child custody attorney must be familiar with Arizona Revised Statute 25-403.
Child support deals with the obligation of a non-custodial parent to support their child usually till the child reaches the age of majority. The amount of the child support that one parent has to pay generally depends on the circumstances of the two parents and the child. Factors such as where the child lives, the financial expenses of the custodial parent, and the cost of raising the child are some but not all the factors that determine the amount of child support required.
Spousal maintenance, most commonly known as alimony, is the financial obligation of one spouse to the other spouse based on the financial status of both spouses. Spousal maintenance is determined on a case-by-case basis and factors such as ability to earn, standard of living during the marriage, education of the dependent spouse, age of the dependent spouse, expenses of both spouses, and other factors are used to calculate the financial obligation owed to the dependent spouse.