Divorce Mediation Vs Litigation – Which Should You Go With?

Few life events are as emotional and challenging as separation and divorce. Arizona’s divorce and custody laws recognize that couples and families are better served when emotions are less charged and have developed a framework to support Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to avoid protracted litigation. The attorneys at Lawrence & Jecmen, PLLC, strongly endorse ADR…

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The Ultimate Guide to Child Custody in Arizona

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Child custody is a key question parents must settle before an Arizona court will allow them to legally separate or grant a divorce. Ideally, both partners agree that their children’s well-being is paramount and are able to calmly communicate with one another about this. Arizona updated its laws addressing custody in 2013. The major impacts…

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Sample Parenting Time Schedule

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Telephone Contact.  General unscheduled contact. Each parent shall have reasonable telephone contact with the children when the children are in the care of the other parent. “Reasonable” shall include during the children’s regular waking hours and shall NOT include an excessive number of calls each day. Telephone calls between the children and a parent shall…

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Top Legal Reasons for Divorce in Arizona

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Arizona is a no-fault divorce state, which means you do not need to provide, or prove, grounds for divorce. The Court does need to determine that the marriage is irretrievably broken, and that there is no realistic chance of resolving irreconcilable differences. It can be as simple as one party citing incompatibility and no longer…

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Can a Trial Separation Save Your Marriage?

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It’s a question many married couples with marital problems wonder: will a trial separation work and give them time to assess their marriage and possibly save it? Historically and statistically, the answer is no. During the 2010s, up to 80% of separated couples ended up divorcing. However, divorce rates are actually falling, and people aren’t…

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Divorce Advice for Men

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Ending a marriage is a major life event that can undo even the strongest of men. Regardless of gender or which partner initiated the separation, divorce is challenging and takes most people some time to recover from and rebuild their lives. Post-divorce, both men and women have a hard time adapting to a new life,…

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Characterization of Property

I have acquired some valuable items during my marriage.  Will my spouse receive a share? All assets (and liabilities) must be characterized as either “community” or “sole and separate” in the context of a divorce.  The statutory presumption is that all items acquired during the term of the marriage (from the date of the wedding…

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Factors the Court Considers in Determining Legal Decision Making Authority and Parenting Time

25-403. Legal decision-making; best interests of child A. The court shall determine legal decision-making and parenting time, either originally or on petition for modification, in accordance with the best interests of the child. The court shall consider all factors that are relevant to the child’s physical and emotional well-being, including: The past, present and potential future…

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Factors the Court Considers in Determining Spousal Maintenance

A. In a proceeding for dissolution of marriage or legal separation, or a proceeding for maintenance following dissolution of the marriage by a court that lacked personal jurisdiction over the absent spouse, the court may grant a maintenance order for either spouse for any of the following reasons if it finds that the spouse seeking…

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