The divorce process can be emotional, stressful, and complex, even when both parties are able to communicate respectfully with each other. The outcome is certain to impact your quality of life in the future, and it is therefore imperative that you seek professional advice from a knowledgeable Phoenix Family Law Attorney who can evaluate your individual situation, provide a service tailored to your individual needs, and help with enforcing or modifying existing court orders after the completion of your divorce.
With over 70 years of combined experience the Cantor Law Group provides an exceptional service to individuals who have decided to pursue a divorce. We use aggressive representation and exemplary listening skills to ensure that we achieve our client’s objectives, and we always tailor our service to our client’s very individual needs to ensure that we achieve the best possible outcome in their case.
We are highly respected within the legal community for our excellent record and have been made a Member of Arizona’s Finest Lawyers®. Our dedicated and skilled team of attorneys, investigators, paralegals, and legal clerks ensure that our clients’ telephone calls and emails are responded to quickly and efficiently, provide high-quality representation, and ensure that our client’s matters are resolved satisfactorily, with as little stress as possible.
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In order for a decree of dissolution to be issued, a couple must come to an agreement about several issues, including child custody and support, asset division, visitation rights, and spousal support or alimony. If they are unable to come to an agreement, the divorce is known as contested, and a Judge will make the final decision in relation to all of the contested matters. Cantor Law Group will ensure that your case is properly represented in accordance with Arizonan law, to get the best possible result when a Judge will be deciding your case.
In order to start divorce proceedings, one spouse must file a petition to legally dissolve the marriage. If the other spouse does not respond to the petition, the divorce will be uncontested, and a default judgment will be issued by the court, which will end the marriage. The divorce is also uncontested when the couple is able to agree on the critical matters to be decided, and in this case, the couple will make a Marital Settlement Agreement or Consent Decree confirming their agreement. Cantor Law Group will protect and preserve your interests in either process, and offer comprehensive advice and guidance throughout to ensure that you are fully informed about the implications of what you decide.
High Net Worth Divorce
There can be contested issues in any divorce, often in relation to the division of property and child and spousal support. However, in high net worth divorces, these issues can be disputed even further, as the value of all assets and liabilities are assessed and they are divided. In Arizona, community property laws apply, which means that any assets that one spouse brings in to the marriage remains with that spouse after divorce, and all assets obtained during the marriage are known as community property, and are divided between the couple upon divorce. Cantor Law Group will aggressively represent your case to ensure that your assets are fairly divided.
In Arizona, a couple can legally separate if one spouse wishes to live ‘separate and apart’ or when the marriage has suffered an ‘irretrievable breakdown’. The Court can only issue a decree of legal separation if child custody and support, visitation, asset division and spousal support are agreed upon between the couple. Cantor Law Group will help to ensure that these issues are resolved favorably.
Collaborative divorce offers an amicable method of dissolving your marriage, in which a couple reaches agreement in relation to the major decisions in a divorce, eliminating the need to go to court. You will have complete control in relation to spousal support and child custody, as well as other key issues, while Cantor Law Group will provide sound advice throughout the process. Collaborative divorce is particularly useful for couples with children, as it avoids the adversity of Court and encourages them to reach an amicable outcome.
When military personnel divorce, they can encounter different obstacles to those experienced by ordinary civilians. These may include logistical obstacles, such as one spouse serving out of state or overseas, how legal documents will be served or signed, and how retirement pay will be affected. In addition, child custody and visitation arrangements can be more complex. The law of the state in which the petition is filed will be used to carry out the divorce, and Cantor Law Group will work hard to facilitate the military divorce and smooth over the issues as much as possible.
In Arizona, either spouse can ask the court to order mediation before filing the divorce, either to conciliate the marriage or help them to reach an amicable settlement, avoiding litigation, and court intervention. In addition, if one spouse disagrees that the marriage is irretrievably broken, the court can order a conciliation conference, which both spouses must attend to try to resolve matters. Cantor Law Group will offer sound advice and assistance in relation to mediation.
In order for the court to decide who will have custody of a child and whether to award sole or joint custody, they will consider a number of factors, but most importantly, what is in the best interests of the child. Often custody will be contested, in which case the other matters in the divorce will be resolved before child custody. Cantor Law Group will aggressively represent you to help reach a decision that is in the best interests of your child.
Visitation rights and schedules are closely related to child custody, and usually form part of a final decree of dissolution. A couple will usually need to negotiate schedules for the weekends, holidays, and birthdays, in order to reach a resolution that is best for the child or children involved. The Court will consider various factors including work schedules and the distance between the parents’ homes. Cantor Law Group will ensure that your case is professionally represented as strongly as possible, in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your child.
After divorce, either parent may be ordered by the court to pay child support. The Arizona Supreme Court provides guidelines to be used in order to determine the amount to be paid, although the Court has discretion if they find the amounts to be inappropriate or unjust. Marital misconduct will not be considered by the court in relation to the amount payable. Cantor Law Group will fight hard for you to ensure that the court hears your wishes.
State laws give specific reasons why spousal support or maintenance may be awarded. The Court will consider many factors including the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage, the duration of the marriage and future earning capacity. Cantor Law Group will help you to understand the law in relation to spousal support.
Arizona law contains specific rules and conditions in relation to the distribution of marital assets and property. Cantor Law Group will, where necessary, use our investigators to find all of your marital assets and help to achieve your objectives in relation to the division of this property.
The Court is able to modify original orders in relation to child and spousal support that were made at the time of the decree of dissolution. For child support, they may do this if it is in the best interest of the child. Cantor Law Group can assist when you need changes to support.
When awarding either sole or joint custody, the court will have considered all the necessary laws and factors. However Cantor Law Group can use their experience to aggressively argue the case of either parent if they feel they have a valid reason to modify child custody arrangements.
Sometimes life circumstances change and it becomes necessary to relocate. When this happens, the court has to review how this will affect the current custody order, and they will consider how your child feels about the move. Relocation may affect many matters including child custody and visitation. Cantor Law Group will use our extensive expertise to ensure that you understand this area.
When the Court considers it to be in the child’s best interests, the court may allow grandparents visitation rights even when the parents object. The Court may also allow custody for grandparents when circumstances require it. Cantor Law Group can explain more about grandparents’ rights and how they might affect you.
Contact the Cantor Law Group at (602) 254-8880 to immediately to arrange your free consultation, so that we can help you to move forward. You can also send us an email through our secure contact form.