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What Constitutes Fair and Adequate Spousal Support?

A marriage is entered into with the intention to create a long-lasting future with your significant other. Throughout the course of the marriage, couples establish a standard of living they can afford and desire. But if a marriage fails, this very standard of living becomes one of several factors used to determine a fair and adequate amount of spousal support. However, before a court makes this determination, it will have to first consider whether a spouse qualifies for support.

Responding to a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage

In Arizona, when a spouse files for divorce, he or she must file a legal document referred to as a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The spouse who files this Petition, known as the Petitioner, must also properly serve notice to the other spouse, who is referred...

How to Appeal a Court’s Decision

When parties to a divorce are unable to settle their disputes, their case will end up in court, and their disputes will be resolved by a judge. The judge’s ruling will be legally binding. A party unhappy with the judge’s decision may have the option of filing...

How to Restore a Former Name After a Divorce

Traditionally, women who marry adopted the last name of their husband.  This is still true for many married women, although according to the New York Times, the number of women keeping their birth name is on the rise.   But what happens if you took your husband’s name...

Top 4 Tips on Helping Children of Divorce

Loving parents want the best for their children at all times, especially during divorce. Often, the best advice for parents is to simply keep doing what they have always done to foster a strong relationship with your children. Listening, loving and leading by example...

Why Should Couples Sign a Prenuptial Agreement?

Prenuptial agreements are often thrust into the national spotlight when a high-profile divorce becomes the latest talking point of the 24-hour news cycle. But the value of a prenup is not limited to the rich and famous. There are plenty of reasons signing a prenup is...

Top Three Questions to Ask a Divorce Lawyer

At Hallier Lawrence, our experienced lawyers field wide-ranging questions from our clients every day. From the granularly focused questions to the "big picture" questions, our team is happy to answer every single one. Over the years, we have noticed a few key...

Top Three Mistakes to Avoid When Getting a Divorce

It is a natural part of life for mistakes to happen. But making a major misstep during a divorce can cause lasting and harmful repercussions for you and your family. Relying on the advice of a trusted family law attorney will help you avoid making these top three...

Do I Need a Family Law Attorney?

If your family is affected by a legal issue, obtaining legal advice from a trusted family law attorney is invaluable. Although divorce and legal separations are the most common reasons for seeking a family law attorney, there are many other family issues that require...

How to Evaluate Mental Stability When Legal Decision Making and Parenting Time are at Issue

One of the top priorities for divorcing parents is the well-being of their children. For this reason, disputes are not uncommon when it comes to what is best for the children. The circumstances are not always a simple matter of determining how much time children get to spend with either parent. Sometimes, one parent has concerns about whether the other parent’s mental state compromises their ability to care for the children or make decisions for the children.