The Dessaules Law Group provides legal services in nearly all areas of family law. With divorce attorneys, custody lawyers, and child support lawyers on our team, we represent clients in divorce and separation cases, property distribution, child custody and support, as well as spousal maintenance. If you are experiencing legal issues in any of the below areas contact us today to get in touch with one of our experienced lawyers. We want to serve you during this difficult time.
Divorce and Separation
While divorce is best defined as a legal ending of a marriage, separation is a court order that dictates the duties and rights of a legally married couple living separately. It is important to note that Arizona is a community property state which means that marital property is owned by both spouses equally (50/50). For this reason it is vital to have representation by an an experienced divorce lawyer well versed in Arizona state law.
Arizona has split child custody into two main categories: Parenting Time and Legal Decision Making. Parenting Time consists of time or visitation each parent is granted to spend with the child. In contrast, Legal Decision Making encompasses the decision of which parent will receive the right to have a say in major life decisions regarding the child's well-being, medical issues, education, and religion preference. If you are searching for a a child custody attorney be sure your chosen representation is familiar with Arizona Revised Statute 25-403.
Child support deals with the obligation of the non-custodial parent to support their child, usually till the age of majority. The amount of the child support that a parent pays 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 just some of the factors which determine the amount of required child support.
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 parties. 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.