Post-nuptial Agreements
A postnuptial agreement is a written agreement between a married couple which identifies their respective rights regarding certain property. A postnuptial agreement can be used to resolve financial issues both...
Orders of Protection / Emergency Orders
There are circumstances when immediate family court action is needed. This may involve the need to obtain an Order of Protection due to domestic violence or threats of harm to...
Child Custody
Child custody is a term that was once used in Arizona to describe a parent’s decision-making authority for and visitation with their children. The term now is legally obsolete. Arizona...
Child Support
Child support in Arizona is calculated using a formula based upon an Income Shares Model that is set forth in the Arizona Child Support Guidelines. Pursuant to this model, the...
Paternity
A Paternity Action is a legal matter to determine the parentage of a child, as well as to establish child support, legal decision-making, and parenting time. An unmarried parent has...
Grandparent Rights
According to Arizona law, grandparents and great-grandparents have an ability to request visitation with their grandchildren under certain circumstances. In order to file an action, one of three factors must...
Third-Party Rights
Under certain circumstances, Arizona law allows for a person who has a significant and longstanding relationship with a child(ren) to request legal rights including legal decision making (custody) or parenting...
Relocation
It can be very difficult for a parent to relocate or move from Arizona with their minor children. If there is already a court order which grants the parents joint...
Contempt of Court
Contempt of Court in Arizona is when a judge determines (after a hearing) that a party Had knowledge of a valid court order; Could have complied with the order, but...
Family Law Appeals
When a family law case is concluded at trial, a judge issues a ruling. The Arizona Court of Appeals has the power to review the judge’s ruling or order and...
Pre-nuptial Agreements
Prior to getting married, prospective spouses can enter a pre-nuptial agreement (also known as pre-marital agreement). The agreement can address numerous items such as who will own property acquired both...
Post-Decree Modification
Once a ruling has been entered by the court, there are only certain aspects of that decision that can be modified in the future. The division of assets and debts...
Legal Separation
Legal separation is essentially the same as a dissolution of marriage except without the actual termination of the marriage. During a legal separation, all assets and debts are divided, spousal...
Dissolution of Marriage
Dissolution of marriage is the Arizona legal term for divorce. A marriage can be dissolved by either party claiming that the marriage is irretrievably broken with no reasonable prospect of...