Divorce Attorneys for Lawyers in Arizona
Our divorce attorneys for lawyers in Arizona have over one-hundred years combined experience representing lawyers in divorce and other family law cases. In some ways, an attorney facing a divorce in Arizona will deal with the same issues as anyone facing a divorce. There are, however, differences a lawyer may face in a divorce that requires hiring an attorney who has represented lawyers in a divorce in Arizona. Our attorneys have represented many lawyers, including those who own their own law firm, either as an equity or non-equity partner in a law firm.
The Process of Divorce for Lawyers in Arizona
As you are aware, almost all divorce cases in Arizona are a matter of public record. As you also know, anyone can gain access to your personal information by obtaining a copy of your divorce pleadings filed by your attorney and the documents filed by your spouse’s attorney. This can include information regarding your income, the operation of your law practice, and your annual income. This can have an effect on your professional reputation.
Our Arizona divorce attorneys have experience in dealing with these issues when an attorney hires us to represent him or her in an Arizona divorce. We will not only protect your interests in a divorce but will also go to great lengths to protect your privacy. We do this by strategically using Special Masters, mediation, and arbitration to keep as much of your divorce private and, therefore, protect your professional identity.
Child Custody for Lawyers in Arizona
Child custody decisions are not usually affected by the fact you are a lawyer going through a divorce in Arizona. The only potential issue is whether your work schedule impacts your ability to care for your children. Having the ability to work at home or altering your work schedule to ensure you are available for your children is helpful. Alternatively, having a nanny or other care providers, such as friends and family members, can bridge any gaps in time you have to be at work when the children are at home.
Spousal Maintenance | Lawyers in Arizona
If you are an attorney, you are likely aware the court can order you to pay your spouse alimony in an Arizona divorce. There are several reasons the court may award spousal maintenance. Lawyers can generate quite a bit of revenue. As a result, his or her spouse may not have had a reason to work. You need an attorney experienced in representing lawyers facing a claim for alimony to limit your exposure to paying spousal maintenance. The community assets you will divide, the number of debts you are obligated to pay, your standard of living, and your Husband’s or Wife’s ability to obtain additional education, training, and his or her experience to enter the workforce will all be factors the court will consider.
Division of Assets and Debts for Lawyers in Arizona
The court must equitably divide your debts and assets and award to each spouse his or her separate property. Dividing community property is more complicated if you have an ownership interest in a law firm. You need an attorney who has worked with business appraisers to ensure your interest in your law practice is not overvalued. You and your divorce lawyer must know the difference between using a “fair value” versus a “fair market value” to value your law practice. Choosing the correct premise of value will have a profound effect on the value of your law practice.
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