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  • Community Property

    In an action for dissolution of marriage or legal separation, the Arizona Court is required to equitably divide all community belonging to the parties.  Equitable division is typically achieved through an equal division of the assets.  This is why most people say that Arizona is a “50-50 state.” In Arizona community property is defined in […]

  • Family Law

    In family court cases you will hear the term “ADR” used by attorneys and judges. It stands for “Alternative Dispute Resolution”, which is a procedure for settling disputes by means other than litigation. This can be done through mediation, arbitration or other kinds of negotiations. In family court, one Alternative Dispute Resolution method that is […]

  • What is an annulment

    An annulment is a court process that is not a divorce or legal separation. In an annulment action, the court declares that the marriage is invalid, or null and void, and that, in a legal sense, it never existed. Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) §25-301 and §25-302 address annulments. A.R.S. §25-301 states that a superior court […]

  • Clean hands doctrine

    Am I advising you about personal hygiene? No. I am referring to a legal doctrine known as the “clean hands” doctrine, or the “dirty hands” doctrine. A legal doctrine is a set of rules applied to a law, or the framework of a law, that is established over time. The “clean hands” doctrine states that […]

  • There is more than one way to get a divorce. You are not limited to battling it out in court! Research has shown that parents who create their own parenting plans return to court much less frequently than parents who have the court enter orders about a parenting schedule. If you are thinking of a […]

  • On January 1, 2013, Arizona’s revised “custody” statute became effective. In general, A.R.S. 25-403 was revised to replace the term “custody” with “decision making” and “parenting time.” Like many other family law attorneys, I wondered if and how these changes in terminology would impact the way attorneys advocated for their clients, if the courts would rule differently on legal decision making and parenting time, and, of course, if there would ultimately be an impact on my clients. What were the changes?

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  • A Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) is a domestic relations (family law) court order that recognizes the existence of an Alternate Payee’s (usually a soon-to-be ex-spouse) right to receive all or a portion of the benefits payable under the plan, and orders that the Alternate Payee receive their portion.