Phoenix Family Lawyer
At your wedding, you vowed to stay with your spouse “for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.” Unfortunately, many relationships become severely strained, and despite their best efforts, couples are often unable to reconcile. This is made all the more difficult when children have entered the equation. When these difficult times arise, it is imperative that you connect with a family law attorney who cares as much about your family as he does his own.
Monahan Law Firm strives to answer your questions and educate you on divorce, child custody, and child support so that you can make informed decisions about the future of your family or relationship. We will ask the necessary questions and listen intently to your answers to ensure we have a firm grasp on your goals and expectations. We will explain your legal rights, how marital assets and debts are divided during a divorce, how child support and spousal maintenance are determined, and what factors the court uses in determining child custody and visitation rights in Arizona. Our commitment and investment doesn’t stop there. We promise to remain easily accessible to you throughout the dispute. We provide personal attention and communication to all clients in order to compassionately and aggressively navigate them through these tough times.
Monahan Law Firm serves residents of the Phoenix metropolitan area and Maricopa County, including Avondale, Buckeye, Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Sun City, Surprise, and Tempe. We represent individuals with family law matters, including:
- Prenuptial Agreements and Marital Settlement Agreements
- Division of Marital Property
- Spousal Support
- Child Custody and Parenting Time
- Child Support
- Post-Divorce Modification and Enforcement
Divorce in Arizona
When you marry, your assets co-mingle with your spouse’s property. This joint property is known as community property in Arizona. Any assets or debts you acquire during the marriage are under the joint responsibility and ownership of both you and your spouse. Divorce, therefore, is the process of separating these assets and debts.
There are three ways to divide marital property and debts. First, prior to marrying, you and your significant other can enter into a prenuptial agreement that dictates how assets will be allocated should a divorce occur. Second, after separating, you and your spouse can enter into a marital settlement agreement that cleanly divides all property and debts. Third, if you cannot agree, the court can oversee the division of community property. The court may also order spousal support to be paid to your spouse under certain circumstances in order to help your spouse cover living or medical expenses.
Legal Decision-Making, Parenting Time and Child Support in Arizona
If you and your partner have children, you will also need to determine both child support and custody arrangements. The Arizona Child Support Guidelines assist the judge in fashioning the support amounts, though the amount can vary based on a variety of factors.
Arizona courts favor joint legal decision-making and parenting time following a divorce. However, if one parent relinquishes their parenting rights or if one parent can show the other is not fit for custody, sole custody can be awarded. There are two types of custody: physical and legal. Physical custody is commonly referred to visitation and parenting time, while legal custody gives a parent the right to make decisions for the child, such as where to enroll the child in school, make critical medical decisions, and be responsible for the religious upbringing of the child(ren).
Both support and custody can be modified later on according to a change in circumstances.
Rely on a Respected Phoenix Family Law Attorney You Can Trust
Trust Monahan Law Firm, PLC to remain caring and compassionate during this emotional time. We will stay focused on your best interests and will work diligently in pursuit of your objectives. To speak with an family lawyer today, contact us at (623) 385-3190.