Cindy Best
Community Property

  Once property is considered community property, it must be divided equitably between the spouses. That is why it is important to determine the characterization of the property at the beginning of the divorce. There may be arguments about whether property is community or not, but most property is fairly easy to characterize. Property includes … Continue reading Community Property

Cindy Best
Litigation Process When the Parties Work Together During Their Divorce

  You can see the importance of educating yourself about the process; reading this book is a good first step. You may then want to hire a mediator to help resolve and negotiate your issues. At the end of a mediation, you can hire an attorney by the hour to give you specific legal advice … Continue reading Litigation Process When the Parties Work Together During Their Divorce

Cindy Best
Introduction

  Divorce is one of the most devastating and life-changing events you will ever experience. You need to know what you are getting into and be involved in the process. There are decisions to make for yourself and your children. We urge you to become educated about this process, so you can make wise decisions. … Continue reading Introduction

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Commingling

  Another problem area is the commingling (mixing) of funds. For instance, if you received an inheritance during the marriage, the question becomes whether it is your sole and separate property. What if you put it in the bank and added your spouse?s name to it; is it automatically community property? The short answer is … Continue reading Commingling

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What Happens to Community Property

  Once property is considered community property, it must be divided equitably between the spouses. That is why it is important to determine the characterization of the property at the beginning of the divorce. There may be arguments about whether property is community or not, but most property is fairly easy to characterize. Property includes … Continue reading What Happens to Community Property

Cindy Best
What to Expect During the Game and an Overview of Arizona Law

  Arizona is one of nine community property states in the U.S. All property acquired during marriage until the time one party is served with the divorce paperwork is presumed to be community property. All property acquired before marriage or after service of the dissolution paperwork is presumed to be separate property. All property acquired … Continue reading What to Expect During the Game and an Overview of Arizona Law

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Arizona Family Law Courts

  Family law courts are courts of equity. This means that the judges are asked to make decisions based on fairness. Arizona family law courts are governed by Arizona statutes (in Section 25, Marriage and Domestic Relations), by the Family Law Rules of Procedure and by the case law that has interpreted these statutes and … Continue reading Arizona Family Law Courts

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The High Road

  Divorce is one of the most financially traumatic things you can go through. Money spent on getting mad or getting even is money wasted. ~Richard Wagner? ?Always take the high road.? You may be wondering why you should take the high road when you sense that your spouse will not. Our answer is that … Continue reading The High Road

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Options For Your Divorce

Many people think of only two options when they consider divorce: with an attorney or without an attorney (by yourself, pro per). Today, more and more people cannot afford to pay large advanced fees for an attorney. Yet, many people still need legal help short of retaining an attorney, from beginning to end. Family law … Continue reading Options For Your Divorce

Cindy Best
Not Even the Winners Win in Litigation

A learned judge once said that no one wins in court. By this, he meant that the family loses control of decisions and that the expense is extreme. So, instead of spending money on two separate attorneys, mediation allows the parties to pay for one mediator to resolve all of the issues in the case. … Continue reading Not Even the Winners Win in Litigation

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