Experienced Divorce Lawyers in Scottsdale, AZ
Our primary goal is to assist you with resolving your family law issue efficiently and affordably while protecting your interests. Our attorneys exercise a no-nonsense style of practice and are upfront and straightforward about the strength of your positions so you can make appropriate and informed decisions about your family law matter.
At Burggraff Tash Levy PLC, we understand how important family law matters are.
All of these issues are intensely personal, yet everyone involved is forced to share all those personal details with strangers.
Our law firm handles family law cases because we want to help families get through the Arizona divorce process and move past it to a new, successful life. While some firms have several practice areas, we focus our energies on family law.
We treat people as they want to be treated, and believe that developing a real, honest client relationship helps us to find unique solutions for each client’s problems.
Testimonials from former clients emphasize that special attorney-client relationship.
We offer legal advice and information, but then our clients make informed choices based on what is best for themselves and their families.
Our divorce lawyers handle not just divorce cases but other family law issues, like child support and custody (parenting time and legal decision-making), alimony (spousal maintenance), and third-party rights.
Child Support and Custody
Whether or not they were married, parents who break up must decide child support and child custody issues.
The family courts make decisions based on the best interests of the children, and your Scottsdale child support lawyer will explain what that means when applied to your situation.
The law has evolved when it comes to custody cases, and there is more of an emphasis on creating a framework that allows parents to parent and make decisions together.
Instead of just custody, the courts recognize different amounts of decision-making authority. Instead of physical custody, the courts now refer to parenting time.
Your Scottsdale child custody lawyer will help you with any child-related legal issues, including child support modification and change in parenting time.
Divorce and Legal Separation
You can get the same rights and protections if you are legally separated, so you may want to speak to your Maricopa County divorce attorney about the advantages of legal separation vs divorce.
With a legal separation, you are still married and there may be reasons you want to preserve the marriage while still setting up spousal maintenance and creating a parenting plan for support and custody issues.
Arizona is one of the states that provide spousal maintenance in some cases. The rules aren’t hard and fast; there is a lot of flexibility as to how much support may be awarded and how long the other spouse will be ordered to pay.
The courts will consider the resources of both parties, the ability each has to earn a living as well as other factors.
Sometimes one partner has been out of the workforce for so long that it will take years to become self-sufficient.
At other times, there is only the need for a shorter period of alimony or spousal maintenance to help during the transition.
Because Arizona is a community property state, property division during a divorce seems simple.
However, not every kind of property will necessarily be split equally between you and your spouse. There are some assets you can keep if you take the right steps.
Speak to your Arizona divorce lawyer about how to protect your inheritance from your spouse, for instance.
Many people don’t realize how important it is to establish paternity as early as possible in a child’s life.
If the parents are in a relationship, they may think that they don’t need to. However, if anything happens, the child can be left in a precarious position. Establishing paternity early helps protect the child’s future.
After paternity is established, the child can be assured of having two parents, and both parents can feel safe knowing their rights to parenting time are now protected.
Even if your former partner doesn’t want to cooperate, you can still establish paternity by having genetic testing done and filing a case in the Arizona court system.
The exact steps to be taken may vary from case to case but without going through this process, a father’s rights may be nonexistent.
If they follow certain requirements, an Arizona prenuptial agreement will be considered valid and the family law courts will enforce it. If you want assistance creating a prenuptial agreement, your Scottsdale family law lawyer can help you create a valid document.
You can use a prenuptial agreement to protect your real estate, retirement, or other assets. You can also make an agreement before you marry about the limits of any future spousal maintenance.
Experienced, Compassionate Family Law Attorneys Serving Maricopa County
If you live in the area of Scottsdale or Phoenix, Arizona, our family law attorneys can help you with all legal matters related to divorce and custody.
Call our law office today to schedule your initial consultation, whether you are still just seeking general information or have an urgent family law matter.
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Take Control and Protect Your Future
The lawyers at Burggraff Tash Levy know that choosing the right divorce attorney is a personal matter. This is why you will never feel any pressure during your consultation. We are here to answer your questions, discuss your options, help you understand your rights, and, if we represent you in your divorce, our lawyers will guide you through every step of the process as efficiently as possible. We work to keep costs low so that you can start this new chapter on your life in the best position possible.
8980 E Raintree Dr #110, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Phone: (480) 307-6800