Mediation is an informal, confidential meeting with the disputing parties where a neutral, third party Mediator guides them through the process of discussing their situation and exploring ways to negotiate a mutually acceptable solution. It is an efficient way to resolve conflict because issues can be discussed and potentially resolved in real-time as opposed to
High Asset Divorce – Dividing Your Retirement Accounts
If you’re going through a divorce or legal separation, and you or your spouse have retirement accounts (IRA’s, 401K’s, Pensions) that need to be divided, you will need to hire an attorney to prepare a Qualified Domestic Relations Order, more commonly known as a QDRO, and have it filed with the Court. A QDRO is
SHOULD I FILE FOR DIVORCE?
We’ve all heard the statistics that 50% of marriages end in divorce. Filing for divorce is a big decision that not only impacts you and your spouse, but the lives of your children and extended family, as well. So, how do you know when it’s time to get a divorce? At Owens & Perkins, we
DETERMINING CHILD SUPPORT IN ARIZONA
When contemplating divorce with children, determining the amount of child support that will be ordered is a top concern for the parties involved. It can be especially challenging in situations where one or both of the parties are self-employed, own and operate a business, or derive their income from non-employment sources such as family trusts
High-Conflict Custody Battles in Arizona
In this post, we’re going to cover some important information in regard to dealing with high-conflict custody battles in the State of Arizona. Legal custody is a legal term referring to the right of a person to make decisions about the care and welfare of a child and includes decisions for education, health care, and
10 Signs Of A High-Conflict Divorce
Going through a divorce is never easy, but a high-conflict divorce can be even more challenging and stressful for the parties as well as any of their children involved. What is a high conflict divorce? A high-conflict divorce often results from individuals with high conflict personalities. High conflict personalities are characterized by people who tend
Divorce Mediation Checklist
Mediation is a cost-effective and efficient way to resolve the issues presented in any divorce case expediently and on terms that both parties can live with. In this post, we’re going to share a divorce mediation checklist you can use to be better prepared for mediation. Instead of having a Judge, that has very limited
The Fundamental Differences Between Mediation and Trial
Mediation is strongly encouraged in our judicial system. There are many reasons for this, but the three fundamental differences between mediation and trial are: 1) Speed Courts will get to you when they have availability, which in our backlogged judicial system, can be for months on end. Mediation can be arranged relatively quickly, provided everyone
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How Retirement Benefits are Divided in a Divorce: Arizona Community Property Laws
What does “Community Property” mean? In the state of Arizona, all assets acquired during the marriage, by either spouse, are presumed to be community property. “During the marriage” is defined as the period from the date of marriage to the date of service, or the date a spouse is served with a Petition for Dissolution
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What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order and why do I need one?
If you’re going through a divorce or legal separation, and you and/or your spouse have retirement accounts, you’ll likely hear something from the court or your attorney about a Qualified Domestic Relations Order, more commonly known as a QDRO. QDROs are the orders that direct the parties and the Plan Administrator(s) of their retirement account(s)
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