• Family Law in Arizona

    Family Law includes areas of divorce and children. Divorces can be handled by agreement or contested requiring litigation. Family law matters with children involve paternity, legal decision-making authority (aka Custody), parenting time, and child support.

Family Law

Family Law includes areas of divorce and children. Divorces can be handled by agreement or contested requiring litigation.  Family law matters with children involve paternity, legal decision-making authority (aka Custody), parenting time, and child support.

How we can help you with Family Law in Arizona

Legal Decision Making
Child Custody
Divorce & Separation
Uncontested Divorce
Parental Rights
Child Support
Prenuptial Agreements
Postnuptial Agreements
Orders of Protection
Power of Attorney

An uncontested divorce, legal separation or paternity action is the most cost-effective way to divide your assets, debts, award legal decision-making (formerly custody), determine child support, spousal maintenance and provide each parent a parenting plan that is enforceable, depending on your type of matter. Uncontested means both parties agree and want to have documentation prepared in an economical and amicable manner.

A contested matter is more expensive, extremely stressful, and typically ends up with neither party being happy with the result.

Contested matters are oftentimes required because one party may refuse to negotiate or is unreasonable in their positions in order to resolve issues in an amicable manner.

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Adoption & Termination of Parental Rights

Adoption is the legal process of transferring the biological parents’ rights to a child to non-biological parents.

Children are adopted by stepparents, relatives, foster parents, or unrelated parties. This process typically contains two stages: Termination of Parental Rights and the formal adoption.

Prenuptial Agreements & Postnuptial Agreements

Whether you are planning on getting married or just living together, you can protect the interest of both parties through a marital or cohabitation agreement.


Divorce & Separation

Are you getting divorced or considering getting a legal separation? Worried about how you can divide your property or what happens to the children?

Hiring a family law legal paraprofessional or attorney helps you protect your children, assets, and property.

Legal Decision Making & Parenting Time (Custody)

Child custody, now known as legal decision-making, and parenting time are the most pressing concerns on a parent’s mind.

When is a Parenting Plan Necessary?


Fun Fact:

When we are very emotional, our IQ can temporarily drop 10 to 20 points.
Be aware that you may be misunderstanding something when extremely emotional about the conflict.


Mediation is a non-combative safe place to see if the issues can be resolved. Mediation is private and confidential. This is to encourage free discussions and resolution. Agreements will be documented and signed by the participants.


Paternity is the first step in formalizing the rights of a father. A similar action can be necessary for the intended parent of a surrogacy.  If a man does not establish his legal rights, he may waive them forever.

Reference: Arizona Paternity Statutes

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What happens if I can’t afford the filing fee?

    Filing fees are payments due to the Court to process your legal matter. Depending on your financial situation there are several options. The Court may waive the fee. The Court may defer or delay the fee. The Court may offer a payment plan. In some situations, the Court may order the other party to pay the fee.

  • Do I have to go to court hearing to get a divorce?

    No. Most, if not all, issues within family court can be done without a court hearing. That is if the parties agree. This means that the issue is uncontested. In uncontested situation, the parents decide what they want, and an agreement is drafted. Once signed, it is submitted to the court for finalization.

  • What types of court hearings should I expect?

    In situations where the parties do not agree (contested issues) or one party does not participate (default), a court hearing or several will be needed.  Child support hearings usually start with a conference to see if there is resolution then a hearing is conducted.

    Default cases usually only have one hearing.  Most contested issues have at least two hearings. The first is a preliminary hearing, either a Resolution Management Conference or Temporary Orders. The second is trial. The court may order mediation or status conferences.

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