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Better Safe Than Sorry

We are often asked if an attorney is really necessary when filing for divorce in Arizona. There is no requirement in Arizona that you retain a lawyer to represent you in your divorce. We believe you could be placing yourself at a real disadvantage by not retaining counsel.

Aggressive is Not Always the Best Tactic

We often get asked "How aggressive are you?"  The answer is, "As aggressive as you want us to be."  As a client, you should know that the more aggressive your attorney is in litigation, the more it will cost.  Most family law attorneys bill by the hour, so the more work that goes into a file (the more aggressive your attorney is), the more it costs the client.

The Devil is in the Details

Too often we have clients who need their Divorce Decree amended or supplemented because it was not completed accurately when it was originally done.  The most common mistake is failing to define the parenting plan with enough specificity to avoid later fights.  Frequently when parties do their divorce themselves, they fail to include pcik-up and drop-off times for the child(ren), or who will be responsible for transportation.  Also, the holidays need to be clearly defined.  To only say that "Mother shall have Christmas day in even numbered years and Father in odd numbered years", leaves the issue of what time "Christmas day" starts and ends.  Does it actually end on Christmas Eve or on Christmas morning? What time? Does it end at midnight of the 26th, or some other time?

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