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Can Family Law Court Refuse Mediation Agreement?

Can a Family Law Court Set Aside a Mediated Agreement?

couple in mediationMany family law courts encourage or require parties involved in divorce or child custody cases to attempt to settle their differences through mediation. Courts tend to prefer when parties are able to reach a mediated agreement […]

Can a Secret Recording be Used in a Divorce Case?

Can I Use a Recording of My Spouse in My Divorce Case?

record spouse conversationAttorneys understand that in the modern practice of the law there are very few “Aha!” moments. That is, it is rare for there to be a smoking gun or surprise witness that the […]

Alienation of Affection

Alienation of Affection Lawsuits

Introduction

Adultery is no longer as scandalous as it once was. This is evident in the “no-fault” laws adopted by many of the states. Whereas in times past a divorce would only be granted upon proof of fault by one party or the other (like adultery), many states have done away with this […]

Can I Change the Locks? Who Gets the House?

 

Introduction

The marital home can be one of the most valuable assets a divorcing couple owns, both from a financial and an emotional standpoint. As a result, the marital residence can become a source of contention in divorce proceedings. Even in community property states like Arizona, it is rare for a divorce court to simply order […]

What is Civil Contempt?

A Primer on Civil Contempt

Introduction

Contempt proceedings are one of the primary methods through which the court is able to enforce its orders and decisions in family law cases. When a party does not protect marital assets or community property as directed, refuses to follow the visitation schedule set up by the court, or does not […]

Show Me the Money! Tips for Splitting your Debt in Divorce

Introduction to Debts and Divorce

man signs his divorce documentsIn a divorce, when speaking of “division” most people think of the assets and property the couple has acquired during the marriage. Of course, a court presiding over a divorce case will divide the property of the couple according […]

Steps in an Uncontested Divorce

Introduction

divorce or marriageIn our modern culture “divorce” has lost much of the stigma that previous generations had attached to it. No longer is divorce seen as a moral failing, something to be avoided at all costs. Instead, many people see divorce as a smart and sensible solution […]

Why You Need to Stay Involved in Your Children’s Lives After Divorce

top 3 reasons to stay involved in your children's lives after divorce

Top 3 Reasons You Need to Stay Involved in Your Children’s Lives After Divorce

Children are often viewed as the “innocent casualties” of a divorce. When a couple who has children decides to divorce, children may be intentionally […]

Injunctions against Harassment

In Arizona, a person may seek an Injunction to enjoin (stop) another person from committing acts of harassing nature. Unlike Orders of Protection, there is no relationship requirement that must be determined as between plaintiff and defendant.

When an injunction against harassment is filed, a judicial officer must first conduct an individual hearing with the requesting […]

Pretrial Statement? What Arizona Family Courts Expect

In Arizona Family court cases, unless instructed otherwise by the Court each side to a case must submit a Pretrial Statement not later than twenty (20) days prior to Trial.  The Pretrial Statement may be joint or separate, except that if there has been domestic violence between unrepresented parties, the parties shall file separate statements.

Whether […]

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