Phoenix Divorce Lawyers
Even with exceptional Phoenix divorce attorneys, ending a marriage is one of the most difficult experiences an individual and family will ever go through.
At Phoenix based Oracle Law Group, our divorce lawyers understand the realities of the divorce process, and we want to get you through this process unscathed emotionally and financially. With over 65 years of combined courtroom experience, we know what it takes to help you move past this experience and set you up for success in the next stage of your life.
At Oracle Law Group, our Phoenix legal team is committed to being open and honest with you at every stage of your divorce, whether or not the information is what you’re hoping to hear. We understand just how difficult this experience can be, which is why we fight so hard to help you achieve success from your case and prepare you for a bright future.
Our Divorce and Family Law Approach
At Oracle Law Group, our Phoenix divorce lawyers understand that divorce is extremely personal, and what is right for one client is not necessarily right for another. As such, our team will work closely with you to determine a course of action that is specifically tailored to your unique situation. The dissolution of a marriage can be one of the most emotionally draining experiences of your life. Once you and your partner have made the decision to legally dissolve your marriage, it is critical that you do everything you can for what is in your best interest. To help you with this, the Phoenix divorce lawyers at Oracle Law Group, will do everything they can to get you back on track with your life .
Our women-owned Phoenix family law firm has years of experience handling a variety of different family law cases, including cases involving:
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Child Support
- Division of Property and Debt
- Paternity Actions
- Modification of Court Orders
- Postnuptial and Prenuptial Agreements
Successfully handling any of these topics requires an extremely nuanced approach and considerable legal experience. Fortunately, that is exactly what we provide at Oracle Law Group. We believe in providing every single client who walks through our door with the attentive, dedicated legal representation they deserve. As such, when you work with us, you will be joining a firm where everyone knows you by name, and where you will always speak directly to an attorney when you call.
At Oracle Law Group, our family lawyers are dedicated to building strong working relationships with our clients in order to provide them with honest, insightful legal advice. We know what you’re going through because we’ve been there ourselves, and we’ll do everything we can to help you build a fantastic future.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements in Phoenix
Spouses can enter into spousal agreements before marriage, or at any time during the marriage to control certain aspects of the marital property. These agreements are most commonly used to define property as separate instead of community, and to provide terms for spousal support, if any.
Phoenix Prenuptial agreements:
A prenuptial agreement is not a forecast of failure. While nobody gets married expecting it to end in divorce, statistics indicate that nearly half of all marriages are dissolved. A prenuptial agreement is simply a planning tool. Hopefully, you will never have to use it. But, if you do, having a prenuptial agreement makes the divorce process easier and more certain.
Spouses can also enter into marital agreements after they have married. Postnuptial agreements are used to resolve financial disputes between spouses, and they can sometimes provide an alternative to divorce or separation. With a properly drafted postnuptial agreement, spouses can separate their income and other property and establish clear financial boundaries.
Phoenix Mediation Services
Mediation provides a good alternative to litigation for many couples going through a divorce. Mediation is almost always less adversarial, and can be less costly than traditional dissolution proceedings. Throughout the mediation process, the spouses meet with a neutral third-party, or mediator, to discuss the pending dissolution. The mediator provides each spouse with the information necessary for them to reach their stated goals. The mediator does not take sides with either party and does not offer advice that gives one spouse an advantage over the other. Ideally, parties to mediation work with the mediator to arrive at a mutually acceptable dissolution agreement. Parties can hire a mediator with or without hiring separate counsel to represent their personal interests.
Division of Marital Property and Debt
Arizona is a community property state. Generally, community property is property acquired during a marriage (except gifts or inheritances) and community debt is any debt incurred during the marriage. Community property may include real property, personal property, money, stocks, bonds, and interest in employer-sponsored profit sharing, pension and/or retirement plans. Community property and debt belongs equally to both spouses regardless of which spouse earned the income, made the purchase or incurred the debt. When spouses divorce, the community property and debt must be equitably divided between the spouses. What is “equitable” is often vigorously contested in divorce proceedings.
Phoenix Child Custody Attorneys
Legal custody involves decision-making authority. If parents cannot agree on a legal custody arrangement, the court will make a decision regarding legal custody. A parent with legal custody has the right to make important decisions relating to his or her children. These decisions usually include education, religion, and non-emergency medical care. In Arizona, the most common type of custody arrangement is joint legal custody, which requires that both parents share decision-making authority and cooperate in making important decisions for their children. However, joint legal custody does not necessarily mean the parents share equal parenting time. Today, Arizona courts presume that joint legal custody is in children’s best interests, unless one parent is unfit or simply refuses to co-parent with the other parent. A parent with sole legal custody has the absolute authority to make important decisions for his or her children.
Physical Custody/Parenting Time
Physical custody is generally referred to as parenting time (which used to be called visitation). Generally, continuing frequent and meaningful contact with both parents is in a child’s best interest. Sometimes an equal physical custody arrangement is preferred. This means the parents share 50/50 parenting time. In other cases, one parent will be the primary residential parent, and the other parent will have reasonable parenting time. However, what is reasonable parenting time to one parent may not be reasonable parenting time to the other parent. When parents are unable to agree as to what constitutes reasonable visitation, the court will decide the matter.
Where a parent has a history of abusive or questionable behavior, it may be in the best interests of the children for that parent to have supervised visitation. Sometimes parents and the court will decide who supervises the visits, and other times the court appoints a person unknown to the parents. If supervised visitation goes well, after a period of time, a parent whose visits are supervised may petition the court for unsupervised visits.
Both parents are responsible for the support and well-being of their children. A number of factors are considered when determining whether and how much monthly child support one parent should pay to the other parent. These factors include:
1. The combined income of both parents
2. Whether either parent has other children from another relationship for whom that parent pays or receives child support
3. Whether either parent pays or receives spousal maintenance
4. The cost of and which parent pays for childcare
5. The cost of and which parent pays for health insurance
6. The age of the children
7. The amount of parenting time each parent has with the children
Enforcement / Post-decree Modifications
After a divorce is finalized and all issues are resolved, sometimes things change. If the other party does not pay support or violates other provisions of the decree of dissolution, you may need to bring an action in court for enforcement of the decree. In addition, because former spouses and parents sometimes experience changes in their personal lives, it may be necessary to request that the court modify the decree of dissolution. Losing a job, taking a pay-cut, or encountering unforeseen medical expenses are all appropriate reasons to request a modification. Custody and parenting time orders may also be modified by agreement or upon a showing of a substantial and continuing change of circumstances.
Other Family Law Services
Other family law issues arise less frequently. These issues may include, but are not limited to, legal separation, annulment, grandparents’ visitation, non-parental custody matters and adoption. Although these issues are not as common, Oracle Law Group has the knowledge and expertise to help you. Contact us if you have questions about these or other family law issues and learn how we can help you.
Contact Our Phoenix Divorce Lawyers Today to Learn More
The terms of your divorce will set the stage for the next phase in your life, and you simply cannot afford to take chances with something this important. Trust your divorce and your future to the experienced team at the Oracle Law Group, by calling our Phoenix divorce lawyers today at (480) 704-0777.