May 2022 Newsletter

Legal Briefs

In-person Proceedings Resume in the Maricopa County Family Court

After more than two years of virtual court hearings, and effective April 8, 2022 Judge Welty decided to lift the health and safety court protocols for the Maricopa County Superior Court. Each division will decide if hearings will be held in-person or virtually. Most proceedings involving testimony, evidence, or assessment of credibility will be moving back toward in-person attendance.

In the News

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Back to Basics.”  The goal of this annual observance is to provide knowledge about mental health conditions and information about how to get help. Nearly one in five adults in the U.S. suffer with mental illness, yet only half of those individuals receive proper care and treatment. It’s vital we destigmatize mental health care and be aware of resources we can utilize and share.

How to Observe Mental Heath Awareness Month

Arizona Crisis Hotline

Community Outreach

Soles 4 Souls Shoe Drive

Throughout the month of March, we ran a Shoe Drive for the non-profit organization, Soles 4 Souls. We collected a whopping 80 pairs of shoes to donate to families in need!

THANK YOU to our team at Owens & Perkins, to our former and current clients, and to our local community for participating. We couldn’t have done this without you!

Learn More About Soles 4 Souls

Practice Area Spotlight

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders

In a Divorce or Legal Separation in which one or more of the parties has retirement assets or benefits, according to Arizona State Law, the community portion of those accounts will be divided equally 50/50 between the parties.

Qualified Domestic Relations Order (“QDRO”) is the tool utilized to divide such assets; it is a court order to a plan administrator of the retirement asset or benefit that defines how the parties’ retirement accounts will be divided and how they will be allocated to the non-employee party after a divorce.

Our most recent blog posts dive into QDROS and answer the most commonly-asked questions we receive from our clients.

The Process of Preparing and Completing a QDRO

What is a QDRO and why do I need one?

How Retirement Benefits are Divided in a Divorce: Arizona Community Property Laws

How to Ensure your QDRO is Drafted Properly, Will be Accepted, and is Enforceable

Attorney Spotlight

Max N. Hanson, Esq.

In 2022, one of our Senior Attorneys, Max Hanson, is celebrating 25 years of practice!

 Congratulations to Max for this outstanding accomplishment and for his 25 years (and counting!) of dedicated, meaningful legal work in our community.

In addition to Max’s experience as a highly-skilled family law attorney, he is also certified by the American Association of Certified QDRO Preparers as a Certified QDRO Specialist (“CQS”).  He has received extensive, specialized education in the preparation of QDROs and other like orders

Biography of Max N. Hanson, Esq.

May 2022 Calendar Events

May 8th: Mother’s Day

May 30th:  Memorial Day

Please note: Our office will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.

Contact Us

We offer a FREE, 30-minute legal consultation.  CLICK HERE or call us today at 480.994.8824.

Divorce + Family Law

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO)


Estate Planning


Prenuptial + Postnuptial Agreements


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