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LEGAL DECISION-MAKING AND PARENTING TIME - FORMERLY KNOWN AS "CUSTODY"

In a divorce, issues related to the children are usually the most important. Accordingly, questions about how the court will award legal decision making and parenting time are among the most common. ...
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ARIZONA IS A NO FAULT STATE WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

A no-fault state is a state in which you may file for, and be granted, a divorce without alleging or proving any kind of marital misconduct. In other words, you can get a divorce simply because you no ...
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What is a Covenant Marriage and Do You Have One?

The easiest way to know if you have a covenant marriage is to ask yourself: do you know what it is? If you don’t know what it is, you don’t have one. Three states (Arizona, Arkansas, and ...
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Calculation of Community Lien on Spouse's Sole and Separate Business Under Cockriel/Rueschenberg

In this last blog of an eight (8) part series we are examining the case law and methodology for calculating the value of a community lien on a sole and separate business. Under Arizona law, generally ...
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ASSET APPROACH FOR BUSINESS VALUATIONS

A business valuation will utilize three (3) different approaches to analyze and reach a conclusion on the value of your business: The income approach, The asset approach, and The market approach This ...
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MARKET APPROACH FOR BUSINESS VALUATIONS

Again, a business valuation will utilize three (3) different approaches to analyze and reach a conclusion on the value of your business: The income approach The asset approach, and The market approach ...
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INCOME APPROACH FOR BUSINESS VALUATIONS

As we discussed in the last blog, a business valuation expert will utilize three (3) different approaches to analyze and reach a conclusion on the value of your business – the income approach, ...
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BUSINESS VALUATIONS - A GENERAL OVERVIEW

You’re getting a divorce, your spouse is seeking an interest in your business or in the increased value of your business based on your efforts during the marriage, and now the attorneys and the ...
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HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF AND MY BUSINESS?

You’ve now read our last three blogs in this series and had the bejesus scared out of you, what now? If you are getting married, there is a fairly simple way to protect yourself and your assets, ...
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COMMUNITY EQUITABLE LIEN ON A SOLE AND SEPARATE BUSINESS

Under Arizona law, generally a business or interest that you have in a business that you acquired or owned prior to the marriage is your sole and separate property and continues to be so even during ...
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CASH FLOW TIGHT? HOW YOU CAN PAY YOUR SPOUSE FOR AN INTEREST IN A BUSINESS

Once a value for the business is established – usually through a business valuation done by a certified business evaluator or expert which we will discuss in more detail in a later blog in this ...
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OMG I'M GETTING A DIVORCE - WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO MY BUSINESS?

So, you’re getting divorced and you are self-employed in your own professional practice, company, or perhaps a family business. At some point, a panic will set in… What is going to happen ...
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BENEFITS OF ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

You’re In Control: Most people do not enjoy or look forward to going to Court. It is a very stressful situation and the Judge is ultimately in control of making the final decisions. Mediation or ...
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WHAT IS MED-ARB?

Med-Arb is the process of combining mediation and arbitration. If you believe that mediation and arbitration are the best options for solving your dispute, simply retain a mediator and have the ...
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WHAT IS ARBITRATION?

In my blog last week I discussed the process of mediation. What happens if mediation doesn’t work? If the parties cannot come to an agreement on the issues during mediation, the mediator can ...
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WHAT IS MEDIATION?

Mediation is a process for the settlement of disputes outside of trial, the courtroom, and the judge that puts you in control of the outcome. Unlike typical litigation, mediation is aimed at creating ...
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PATERNITY'S EFFECT ON LEGAL DECISION-MAKING AND PARENTING TIME

Many times I’ll speak with a parent wondering what rights they do/don’t have without a Court order. As discussed in the first part of this blog series, there are several scenarios in which ...
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ESTABLISHMENT OF PATERNITY FOR IV-D CHILD SUPPORT

A common reason for a Mother to want to establish the paternity of an uninvolved Father is so that she can receive needed child support. A Court cannot order someone to pay child support unless ...
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DNA TESTING

In last week’s blog- Establishment of Paternity- I discussed scenarios in which DNA testing might be needed in order to dispute or confirm someone’s assertion of paternity. But you might ...
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Establishment of Paternity

If you want to establish any type of Court orders for legal decision-making authority, parenting time, or child support, you will first need to establish the paternity of the Father in the action. ...
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UPDATE ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE AND CHILD CUSTODY

As you may be aware, once the United States Supreme Court legalized marriage for same sex couples in 2015, same sex couples are able to marry and in general terms receive the same protection as ...
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FELONY VS. MISDEMEANOR DUI IN ARIZONA

Facing a misdemeanor DUI charge is serious as reflected in our other blogs this month, but facing an Aggravated DUI charge is much worse -- and the penalties are even more severe and life altering. In ...
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MARIJUANA IN ARIZONA - Separating the Fact from Fiction

With the legalization of marijuana for medical use in a number of states and even recreational use recently in our neighboring states of California and Colorado, use and possession of marijuana has ...
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DANGERS OF DRINKING AND BOATING IN ARIZONA

Many people are aware of Arizona’s “Drink and Drive, Face the Max” campaign against drinking and driving as seen in television advertisements and billboards throughout the state. ...
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A SPRING TRAINING STORY - DON'T LET THIS BE YOU

Spring is in the air and here in Arizona that means hearing the crack of the bat, the thump of the ball hitting the mitt, and the start of spring training baseball. Many people come to Arizona this ...
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