My Spouse Filed for Divorce- what do I do?

Whether you saw this coming over the course of years or whether it feels like a complete surprise, it is always a heart wrenching moment when your spouse tells you he or she wants a divorce. If you aren’t ready to give up on the marriage, you may feel trapped or pushed into it. You […]

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What does it mean to have “Joint Decision Making” parenting rights?

While many divorcing parents still think in terms of “sole custody” or “joint custody”, the terms used in Arizona law are actually “legal decision making power” and “parenting time”. This is not just a change of verbiage, but it is a shift in the way custody and parenting responsibilities are thought of by the court. […]

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My Spouse Wants to Adopt My Child From a Prior Relationship- Scottsdale Family Law Attorney

If you have remarried, you likely desire to make your new family complete by making sure your new spouse has full parental rights over your children. However, this is not a simple process. In order for a stepparent to adopt stepchildren, the other biological parent must either give their consent, or they must have lost […]

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In Loco Parentis- Is it an Option for Me? Scottsdale Family Law

Do you act as a parental figure for a child, and believe it would be in the child’s best interests to live with you? This is a very serious matter, because Arizona courts strongly favor biologic parent rights. However, as a Scottsdale family law attorney team we know that there are times when it is […]

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Division of Community Property During a Divorce- Scottsdale Divorce Attorney

Once it becomes clear that a divorce is imminent, one of the major concerns you will have is the way your property will be divided. Different laws will apply depending on the type of property, whether it is considered sole or community property. Read more and then consult the Law Office of Hope Fruchtman, a […]

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When to Seek an Annulment instead of a Divorce

Is an Annulment better than a divorce? An annulment can, in some situations, be preferable to a divorce because it erases the legal effects of the marriage. Instead of having continued legal ramifications, such as spousal support orders or divisions of assets, an annulment declares you were never legally married at all, and you return […]

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Relocating and Custody- Cathy’s Story

Cathy’s Story is a hypothetical example of a typical custody case. Cathy and Michael divorced three years ago, and Cathy was granted residential custody of their two children at her home in Arizona, near where her husband lived. The custody order granted Michael visitation rights every other weekend, when the children would stay with him. […]

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Abusive Relationships- Dangerous Misconceptions

It is important to know the signs of an abusive relationship, but it is just as important to know the misconceptions. Victims who believe the misconceptions may not even realize they’re involved in an abusive relationship: Misconception 1: Abusers are consistently abusive Abuse is often cyclical. After an abusive outburst, it is not uncommon for […]

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Ten Tips to Getting Through a Custody Battle

Ten Tips to Getting Through a Custody Battle Divorce is never easy, especially when children are involved. The transition from full-time family life to shared custody can be hard to get used to, and custody battles can be exhausting. Our Scottsdale family law attorney team strives to make this challenging process easier. The following tips […]

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Frequent Mistakes in High Net-Worth Divorces

Oftentimes our Arizona divorce lawyers encounter a divorce case involving an individual or marital high net-worth. These cases present unique problems in an already unpleasant situation. There are many factors that must be considered so the advice and knowledge of an experienced divorce lawyer in Scottsdale at the Law Office of Hope E. Fruchtman can […]

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