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Spousal Maintenance

The computation of Spousal Maintenance in Arizona is governed by Arizona Revised Statute 25-319. The statute spells out the factors that would entitle a spouse to some form of spousal maintenance such as if one spouse lacks sufficient property, if a spouse is unable to sustain themselves through appropriate employment, if a spouse contributed to the educational expenses of the other…read more →

Spousal Maintenance

Parental Relocation

You may be permitted to relocate with your children if certain specific requirements are met. Arizona Revised Statutes 25-408 deals with the rights of a noncustodial parent; parenting time; and relocation of a child. Some of the factors that need to be met for relocation are: Whether the relocation is being made or opposed in good faith and not to…read more →

Parental Relocation

Orders of Protection

In Arizona, in deciding the merits of petitions for orders of protection, the Court must look to A.R.S. § 13-3602 for guidance. In relevant text, in determining the merits of an order of protection, the court shall review the petition, any other pleadings on file and any evidence offered by the plaintiff, including any evidence of harassment by electronic contact…read more →

Orders of Protection

Divorce

In Arizona, Dissolution of Marriage (“Divorce”) is governed by relevant sections of Title 25, Arizona Revised Statutes (“A.R.S.”). In particular, A.R.S. § 25-311 states that Arizona Superior Courts are vested with original jurisdiction to hear and decide all matters pertaining to Divorce actions. In order for a Divorce action to be brought in a Superior Court, A.R.S. § 25-312 expresses that at the time…read more →

Divorce

Child Support

Under Arizona law, Arizona’s Child Support Guidelines define the factors and method for the calculation of child support.  The Guidelines consider the gross income of each of the parents and do not include the income of a new spouse.  Generally, the Guidelines determine income based upon a 40-hour workweek, not overtime.  Other factors in determining child support are child care expenses, health insurance,…read more →

Child Support

Custody (Legal Decision-Making)

As of January 1, 2013 Arizona changed the term Custody to Legal Decision Making. Sole and Joint Legal Decision Making and Parenting Time is determined by A.R.S. 25-103, 25-403, and 25-403.03 among other statutory sections. In awarding Legal Decision Making and Parenting Time, the court may order sole Legal Decision Making or joint Legal Decision Making based on the “best interests” of the child without…read more →

Custody (Legal Decision-Making)