When parties to a divorce are unable to settle their disputes, their case will end up in court, and their disputes will be resolved by a judge. The judge’s ruling will be legally binding.
Traditionally, women who marry adopted the last name of their husband. This is still true for many married women, although according to the New York Times, the number of women keeping their birth name is on the rise.
Loving parents want the best for their children at all times, especially during divorce. Often, the best advice for parents is to simply keep doing what they have always done to foster a strong relationship with your children. Listening, loving and leading by example...
Prenuptial agreements are often thrust into the national spotlight when a high-profile divorce becomes the latest talking point of the 24-hour news cycle. But the value of a prenup is not limited to the rich and famous. There are plenty of reasons signing a prenup is...
At Hallier Lawrence, our experienced lawyers field wide-ranging questions from our clients every day. From the granularly focused questions to the "big picture" questions, our team is happy to answer every single one. Over the years, we have noticed a few key...
It is a natural part of life for mistakes to happen. But making a major misstep during a divorce can cause lasting and harmful repercussions for you and your family. Relying on the advice of a trusted family law attorney will help you avoid making these top three...
If your family is affected by a legal issue, obtaining legal advice from a trusted family law attorney is invaluable. Although divorce and legal separations are the most common reasons for seeking a family law attorney, there are many other family issues that require...
Preparing for a divorce begins with information gathering. You can ask your attorney to assist you or you can choose to put things together yourself in order to assist your attorney. Regardless, you need to know what documentation is necessary to make the legal aspect of divorce go more smoothly.
Finding common ground in a divorce can be challenging. If an agreement cannot be reached out of court, the next step is to go to trial. But what can you do if you do not agree with the judge’s ruling after the trial? Do you have any recourse?
When a marriage deteriorates, the decision for divorce is viewed as a potential—and sometimes inevitable—option. However, legal separation is another choice that may be considered for a number of reasons. You should consider the differences between legal separation and divorce to determine which option is best for you and your family.
In the midst of divorce litigation, it is not unusual to hear the comments, “I will see you in court!” or “Let’s just go to trial!” Although there are some cases that simply cannot be resolved short of trial, most cases can and should be settled outside of court.
One of the most difficult parts of the divorce process can be the time between the filing of the divorce petition and the entry of the Divorce Decree. Issues often arise during this time of transition that do not have simple answers. Here are just a few examples:
Entering into a divorce situation can be one of the most difficult times in a person’s life. In addition to the emotional trauma, there are also financial repercussions that can cause life-altering setbacks. For couples who want to minimize expenses, expedite proceedings, and settle their divorce without court litigation, there are some options to consider.
Going through a divorce is extremely difficult, and the last thing you want to do is try to figure out complex legal issues. Often, divorce attorneys will tell their clients they need a QDRO, but will not take the time to explain exactly what this is. At Hallier Lawrence, we take the time to walk you through every step of the way without overwhelming you with legalese.
If you are going through a divorce, you probably are concerned about your financial future. You also probably want to ensure that all money between you and your spouse are divided fairly and equally. This includes stocks you and your spouse may have invested in during your marriage.
Over the years, we have all heard a variety of questions and concerns about child custody. But not everything you hear is true. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about child custody. At Hallier Lawrence, we want to set the record straight and ensure you are properly informed. Initially, we note that Arizona no longer uses the term “Custody”. However, we will use the term here because it is widely known.
Navigating a divorce can be a very tricky situation; you are dealing with the division of physical assets from property and material goods to stocks and finances. Add determining the custody of child into the mix and you begin to feel overwhelmed. At Hallier Lawrence, our goal is to give you support and arm you with the knowledge you need to deal with this difficult situation. Please note, Arizona no longer uses the term “custody”. However, We are using it here as it is commonly known.
Arizona no longer refers to joint “custody”. Rather, it is now called joint legal decision making. Joint legal decision-making means both parents share decision-making authority for the children, including in the areas of medical treatment, education, religion, and personal care. Most parents, whether by agreement or by a court ruling, share legal decision-making. However, this is not always the case. Arizona law sets forth certain circumstances under which the court must or may presume that joint legal decision making is not best for the children.
Being divorced shouldn’t prevent you from vacationing with your children. However, there are circumstances in which your divorce decree can prohibit you from traveling out of the country without the consent of your ex-spouse. But if you are allowed to travel with your children outside of the country, you will still need to obtain passports.