Archive for ‘Family Law’

January 6, 2014

Some General Guidelines for Determining Child Support

Arizona courts follow the Arizona Child Support Guidelines (the “Guidelines”). The information below, from the Guidelines, only addresses a few of the issues that can arise when determining a parent’s child support obligation.

The Guidelines estimate the total amount of child support that a child’s parents would have spent if they were living together, with each parent contributing his or her proportionate share of the total amount of support. Child support obligations take priority over all other financial obligations. In certain circumstances (such as the parties’ agreement), courts can deviate from the Guidelines when ordering a parent to pay child support.

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November 21, 2013

Do I Need an Attorney for my Divorce?

When going through difficult and trying times such as considering a possible Divorce, many questions and concerns come to mind. One of the most common questions our potential clients ask is, “Do I need an attorney?”

Arizona law allows for applicants in civil cases to represent themselves. However, a divorce is often very stressful and emotional. An attorney will guide you through the process and provide you with realistic expectations. Even when you are self-represented (“pro se,”) you must abide by the same procedural rules taught to lawyers in law school. Though hiring an attorney may seem expensive, an attorney can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. If your spouse has hired an attorney, you are at a disadvantage when representing yourself. An attorney can tell you what your rights and expectations should be regarding spousal maintenance (“alimony”), child support, parenting time, and the division of your assets.

With an attorney from The Carroll Law Firm by your side, we can help you through the complexity of the Divorce and also ensure that your goals are met. Our attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced in the family law arena. If you would like additional information or are interested in speaking with one of our experienced attorneys, please feel free to contact The Carroll Law Firm at (623) 551-9366 to schedule a free initial consultation. 

October 30, 2013

Why Pay a Lawyer?

Often people ask, “Why pay a lawyer?” when legal document prepares in Arizona can often prepare documents that people would normally go to a lawyer to prepare instead. Arizona  is  rather lax in allowing non-lawyers prepare what are essentially “legal documents.” These individuals typically prepare wills, trusts, powers of attorney, divorce and bankruptcy petitions, Limited Liability Company filings and other such documents. In addition to these “document preparers”, there are several online websites that essentially offer the same services.

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August 22, 2013

Do I Need to Hire an Attorney?

In Arizona, there are many self-service forms available for certain areas of law. There are also certified legal document preparers who can draft certain legal forms. These services tend to have lower up-front costs than attorneys. Unfortunately, however, a person can end up paying more in the long run by failing to hire an attorney now.

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June 11, 2013

Parenting Time and/or Legal Decision Making Modifications

Orders and stipulations regarding parenting time and legal decision making typically always are open to modification. The court recognizes that circumstances change as children grow older and time passes, and that a plan agreed upon by parents when a child is five may no longer be appropriate when the child is thirteen.

In order to request a modification in Arizona, at least one year must have elapsed between the current court order regarding legal decision making and/or parenting time. However, in situations where the present environment of the child could endanger his or her physical, mental, moral, or emotional health, the court will ignore the time requirement.

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