Do I Need to Hire a Divorce Attorney? A big question that most people have when contemplating divorce is whether they need to hire an attorney. While many people getting a divorce would prefer to keep costs down, it may be far more expensive if you don’t hire an attorney. Whether to hire an attorney really depends on a number of factors. … [Read more...] about Do I Need a Divorce Attorney | Divorce Lawyer Mesa
My wife recently gave birth to our first child. Words cannot describe what it was like to first see him, hold him and care for him. Do you remember seeing your first child for the first time? Did you think about how much you wanted to protect that defenseless baby? How much you wanted to do things right?I have so much to learn as a parent, … [Read more...] about Careful the Things You Say, Children Will Listen #ParentingTimeAttorney
How do you find the best family law attorney in Arizona? While there may be a number of attorneys who might think they are the best, I doubt anyone could truly lay claim to that title. (And if anyone claims he/she is the best then you need to rush out of his/her office and find someone else.) I think the real question should be, how do you find the … [Read more...] about How to Find the Best Divorce Lawyer in Arizona #DivorceLawyer
Arizona is a community property state. That basically means that both parties have control of property earned or purchased during the marriage. (There are a number of exceptions to this but we’ll save that for other articles). The law regarding this is A.R.S. §25-318, which states in part that the court shall “divide the community, joint … [Read more...] about Property Division in Arizona: Equitably versus Equally
The holidays are a wonderful time to spend together as a family and make lasting memories for children. Unfortunately, without fail, every holiday season I have clients call me with some sort of urgent parenting time issue. Instead of children getting the opportunity to be children during the holidays, they are often thrust in the middle of … [Read more...] about Avoiding Holiday Parenting Time Disputes
I am incredibly grateful for our armed forces service members, and it has been my privilege, as an Arizona family law attorney, to represent a number of them in family law matters. Cases involving members of the military are often an amalgamation of state and federal laws, which can lead to even more issues in court. While many of our judges have a … [Read more...] about Military Issues in Divorce and Custody Matters
As a divorce attorney in Mesa, Arizona the one thing I know for sure, divorce is hard. It is the end of something that usually began with the best intentions and a bright future. For some people it is an emotional relief but for most it brings about a lot of pain. I’ve been cheated on and I’ve had my heart broken before. It is awful. Friends and … [Read more...] about How to Get through the Heartbreak of a Divorce #DivorceAttorney
In well over half of my consultations I get asked whether there is an advantage to filing first for divorce in Arizona. The answer is no. The question stems from a fear that it may be socially unacceptable to seek a divorce. Arizona is a “no fault” divorce state, which means that to get a divorce, you do not have to prove that one party or another … [Read more...] about Is There an Advantage to Filing First in an Arizona Divorce?
Do I need a family law attorney? I get asked this question a lot. In Arizona you are not required to be represented by a divorce lawyer in family court. However, keep in mind that you are expected to know the law and rules of the court. Regardless of whether you plan to hire a divorce attorney to represent you or not, If you are going to family … [Read more...] about Do I need a Divorce Attorney in Arizona?
So you’ve had a really frustrating day and can’t wait to post on Facebook about it, blow off some steam and get some encouraging words from your friends. Before you post that snarky comment about your ex or about how much you need a break from your kids, stop and think twice before you do it. Actually, just don’t do it. Facebook can and will be … [Read more...] about Family Law: Facebook as Evidence in Family Law Court? Sustained.