Ariano & Reppucci Blog

Steps in an Uncontested Divorce

Introduction to Uncontested Divorce in Arizona In 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 if two incompatible people […]

How to Stay Involved in Your Children’s Lives After Divorce

How to Be Involved in Your Children’s Lives After Divorce A previous post explored the various reasons why it is important for you and your child that you remain involved in your child’s life. Both you and your child can suffer negative consequences from an abrupt conclusion to your parent-child relationship. However, remaining involved in […]

Covenant Marriages in Arizona

Arizona is generally referred to as “no fault” state when it comes to divorce matters. That is, generally only one party must declare that their marriage is “irretrievable broken” in order for the Court to enter a divorce, assuming of course other jurisdictional factors are met, which are not set forth for purpose of this […]

Modification and Termination of Child Support or Spousal Maintenance (Alimony)

To support a finding in Arizona that either child support or spousal maintenance (alimony) should be modified or terminated, a party requesting such change must demonstrate that there has been a changed circumstance that is substantial and continuing. That said, prospective clients often seek representation from an experienced Arizona family law attorney because there is […]

Sexual Offenders; Murderers; and Legal Decision-Making and Parenting Time

In Arizona family court matters the court will consider certain criminal activities when determining legal-decision making and parenting time matters. With certain criminal matters, even if the parties agree otherwise, the court may be precluded from issuing an Order granting joint legal-decision making and/or parenting time. As example, unless the court finds limited risk to […]

Order of Protection and the “Relationship Test”

There a several types of protective orders that may be sought. These Orders are to include, but not necessarily be limited to the following: 1) Emergency Orders of Protection; 2) Injunctions Against Harassment; 3) Injunctions Against Workplace Harassment; and 4) Orders of Protection. This article will focus of the forth type of protective order listed, […]

Request for Conciliation Counseling

In Arizona, prior to or at any time during an action for dissolution of marriage (divorce), legal separation or annulments, both or one spouse may request that the Court of Conciliation of the Superior Court in their county effect counseling for the purpose of preserving the marriage or reaching amicable settlement as to avoid future […]

Am I responsible for unknown debts acquired by my spouse during our marriage?

This is a question that I receive often from both current and prospective clients. Although a few exceptions exist, the general answer is yes. How can that be? Arizona is considered a community property state. Meaning, with limited exceptions, all property acquired by either spouse during the marriage is the community property of the husband […]

Settlement Conferences in Maricopa County Family Court Cases

A settlement conference is a type of alternative dispute resolution process that the Court will utilize in effort to assist litigants to avoid Trial. Trial can be stressful, expensive and often the results of which are very uncertain. Because of this I often suggest to my Clients that a settlement conference be arranged prior to […]

Arizona Separation or Marital Settlement Agreements; Effect and Purpose

In effort to promote amicable settlement of disputes between parties to a marriage on condition of their separation or the dissolution of their marriage, the parties may enter into a written separation agreement which contains provisions for disposition of any property owned by either of them, maintenance of either of them, and support, custody and […]

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