Family Law Blog

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Before Heading Into the Courtroom

Most importantly, be on time! There is nothing that will annoy a judge more than tardiness. If an emergency arises and you know you will be late, we recommend that you call the court to let them know exactly what is going on. First, know which courthouse you are assigned to. Please refer to Appendix…

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Dress the Part

You want to be taken seriously when you are in the courtroom, right? First, dress the part. When you see a judge in court, you want to present yourself so that the judge knows this is a very important matter to you. We always request that our clients show up to court looking professional. Women…

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Frequently Asked Questions Around Mediation

What is mediation? Mediation is a negotiation method of nonbinding dispute resolution involving a neutral third party mediator who assists the parties reach a mutually agreeable resolution. Mediation is the fastest growing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) method. In mediation, the parties create their own settlement terms, with the assistance of an impartial mediator. How much…

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Hypothetical Cases

In Arizona, family law cases generally fall into two categories: parties who are taking their family law case to court for the first time (also known as “pre-decree” matters, such as the initial divorce) and parties who are returning to court, usually to enforce or modify prior court orders (also known as “post-decree” or “post-judgment”…

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Simple Steps to ?Serving? the Other Party

?Service? is the technical name for the other party receiving from you the documents that you have filed. Arizona courts require one party to show proof that the other person was served. In today?s legal world, service does not have to be done with a process server. Instead, you can simply mail the documents to…

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Steps to Filing Your Dissolution or Legal Separation Documents

1. Review your documents one last time to ensure their accuracy. 2. Sign the petition in blue ink. There are TWO places. The verification page needs a notary, as well. (Do not sign it until you are in front of a notary. Notaries are found at various locations, including law offices, banks and photocopy stores….

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  Best Law Firm provides mediation and alternative dispute resolution services to parties involved in a family law matter, such as a divorce, parenting time disputes or changes to child support. Family law mediation is a method of resolving issues and disputes during the difficult time of divorce by talking with a mediator to resolve…

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What Happens After A Petition Is Served

  Other Issues After the petition is served, each spouse is entitled to his or her own income. This income may be subject to child support and/or spousal maintenance that can be retroactive to the service or the separation date. Also, each party is responsible for his or her own debt incurred after that service…

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Documents & Their Meanings

  The Individual Documents Each of these documents has a significant meaning for the courts and for you. Below is a list of the forms and their purpose.   Family Court Cover Sheet This form helps the courts set up your file in their computer system. It should be the top form you present to…

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