Chandler, Arizona Family Lawyers

William D. Bishop
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Board Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of Arizona. Call now!

I’m an experienced Phoenix family law attorney and I represent clients in all types of family law cases. My practice includes simple and complex divorces, spousal support, child support, and child custody. Read More »
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Karen A. Schoenau
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Dedicated, Attentive & Aggressive Family Law Representation! Experience Counts!

I have practiced family law for over 20 years. I fight passionately to protect the rights and interests of those with family law matters! Visit my website for client reviews and testimonials. Call for a consultation. Read More »
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Stephanie Stromfors
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Arizona Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience

Ms. Stromfors practices Family Law and handles cases, including, but not limited to, Paternity, Annulment, Child Custody, Parenting Time, Child Support, Spousal Maintenance, Business Valuation, Orders of Protection, and... Read More »
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Scott David Stewart
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Chandler, AZ Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(480) 813-4800 3115 S Price Rd Ste 111
Chandler, AZ 85248
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Stewart Law Group is a small boutique firm focused on Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody with six offices in the Greater Phoenix area.

Whether you're facing a divorce, custody battle, or spousal support hearing, facts and information are crucial to supporting your case and protecting your rights. If your spouse has hidden money in bank accounts you never knew existed or suffers from an addiction that could put your children at risk, you need a divorce lawyer who can expose and collect facts important to your case.

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Amy Elizabeth Dohrendorf
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Chandler, AZ Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(480) 813-4800 3115 S. Price Rd Ste 111
Chandler, AZ 85248
Family and Divorce
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Amy Dohrendorf has been practicing law in greater Phoenix for over 15 years. She’s been with the Stewart Law Group and its predecessor firm since 2007, becoming a partner in 2015. A lawyer at heart even as a child, her dedication, hard work, and exceptional ability turned a youthful dream into reality. At graduation, she received a framed newspaper clipping from her Dad that said, “It wasn’t anything that you did or didn’t do as parents. I was born to be a lawyer!” In 1997, she graduated cum laude from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science degree in...
Jennifer Mihalovich
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Chandler, AZ Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(480) 813-4800 3115 S Price Rd Ste 111
Chandler, AZ 85248
Family and Divorce
Loyola University Chicago and University of Wisconsin - Madison
Jennifer Mihalovich joined the Stewart Law Group in 2016 and works out of the firm’s Chandler office location. Recognized for her courtroom and case management skills, she brings substantial experience in complex family support issues to the law firm. She spent 16 years working for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in paternity, child support establishment and enforcement in local, interstate, and international cases. Additionally, Ms. Mihalovich has specialized expertise in modifications of existing child support orders and interstate cases. She is a fountain of knowledge for both the clients she helps and the Stewart Law Group’s legal team. Her job...
Scott E Beemer
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Chandler, AZ Family Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(480) 210-2601 2705 S. Alma School Road
Suite 2
Chandler, AZ 85286
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Native American
American College of Law and LaSalle University
I currently practice before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Department of Labor, Office of Worker's Compensation Program (DOL/OWCP) Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Additionally, being part American Indian (Shawnee) and a member of the Kispoko Sept of Ohio Shawnee and the National Native American Bar Association, I represent individuals in tribal courts and justice systems that are components of the sovereign tribal government(s). Tribal courts and justice systems are critical components of the tribal government. They are empowered to resolve conflict and controversy. Native people practiced various forms...
Joan M. Bundy
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Chandler, AZ Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(480) 463-4600 3115 South Price Road
Chandler, AZ 85248
Family, Animal and Divorce
University of Arizona
Joan Bundy Law is a Chandler, Arizona-based law firm devoted exclusively to helping families in transition. It provides services in all areas of family law, including divorce and legal separation, child custody and visitation, child support, property division, guardianship, post-decree modifications, protective orders, unmarried and same-sex partner issues, and grandparents’ rights, pet custody disputes, honorary pet trusts, and legal document reviews. The firm's principal, Joan Bundy, is a licensed Arizona attorney and graduate of the University of Arizona law school. She has been admitted to practice in both state and federal courts. Joan Bundy Law serves communities throughout...
Amanda Mays
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Chandler, AZ Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(480) 264-5190 1820 E Ray Road, suite C8
Chandler, AZ 85225
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
Amanda is a very passionate advocate. She brings a unique vantage point to her practice, combining a background in mediation, negotiation, family law, and finance.
Amanda was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and received a Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School-Newark. While a law student, Amanda completed a conflict management concentration focusing on negotiation, mediation, alternative dispute resolution and arbitration.
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Carrie Cravatta
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Chandler, AZ Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(480) 813-4800 3115 S. Price Rd Ste 111
Chandler, AZ 85248
Family and Divorce
The John Marshall Law School
Carrie Cravatta had been practicing divorce and family law since 2010 before joining the Stewart Law Group in 2015. She was the exceptional small-town Kewanee, Illinois, kid who, from fifth grade on, dreamed of being a lawyer. Her career aspirations led her to the “Big City” of Chicago where she attended college and law school. Her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Management is from North Central College in Naperville. (Between her sophomore and junior years, she seized the opportunity to summer in Singapore while working for Allied International.) She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from The John...
Carissa Kaye Seidl
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Chandler, AZ Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(480) 813-4800 3100 W. Ray Rd #201
Chandler, AZ 85226
Family and Divorce
Hamline University School of Law
Carissa whizzed through law school in just 2-1/2 years. She attended Hamline University School of Law in her home state of Minnesota for 1-1/2 years and then completed her law education as a “visiting student” at Arizona State University School of Law. Her status as an overachiever started long before law school, though. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Justice Studies and a minor in psychology. She won the CALI award for excellence in Torts II in law school, was a recipient of a Richard P. Erickson...
Louis Lombardo
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Chandler, AZ Family Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(480) 413-9300 1490 S. Price Rd
Ste 319
Chandler, AZ 85286
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Personal Injury
The Law Office of Louis Lombardo, PC is a family law firm in Chandler Arizona that is dedicated to helping families with their legal issues. We provide services in all aspects of family law such as divorce, child custody, child support, grandparent's rights, same-sex partner issues, pet custody, document review & more. Louis is a licensed attorney and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been practicing family & personal injury law in Arizona since 1995. During that time he has helped hundreds of clients with their cases. We offer our services in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa,...
Amber L. Guymon
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Chandler, AZ Family Law Lawyer
(480) 721-8772 1839 E. Queen Creek Rd.
Suite # 3
Chandler, AZ 85286
Family
Phoenix School of Law
The Law Office of Amber L. Guymon was founded on the belief that your experience with your attorney should be personalized. Amber truly cares about her clients. She spends the time to get to know clients. She is settlement-minded, but willing to fight zealously for her clients.

FIRM ATTORNEY – Amber Guymon
Legal and Professional Experience: Amber has lived her entire adult life in the legal field. It only seemed natural that one day she would become an attorney.Amber began as a judicial assistant for the Honorable Denise P. Lindberg of the Salt Lake Third District Court. She later was employed as...
Scott David Stewart
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Chandler, AZ Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience

Stewart Law Group is a small boutique firm focused on Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody with six offices in the Greater Phoenix area. Whether you're facing a divorce, custody battle, or spousal support hearing,... Read More »
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Paula J. Burnstein
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Arizona Family Law Attorney with 24 years experience

Paula J. Burnstein is a family law and divorce at­tor­ney located in Phoe­nix, Ari­zona. She also has a Peoria office location. She has more than 20 years of legal experience, all of which have been solely... Read More »
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Fred Ruotolo
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Chandler, AZ Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(480) 813-4800 3115 S Price Rd Ste 111
Chandler, AZ 85248
Family, Divorce and Military
University of Tulsa College of Law
Francisco Sirvent
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Chandler, AZ Family Law Lawyer
2701 W. Queen Creek Rd. #3
Chandler, AZ 85248
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
We know attorneys or the thoughts of hiring one can be intimidating! This is one of the primary reasons Francisco Sirvent started his practice, Keystone Law Firm. If you're looking for help from a good lawyer, the last thing you want is for that lawyer to create more problems for you.

Our job is to lesson those to the greatest degree and to help guide you towards the best possible solution to your needs with the least headaches as possible. We want to help you find the solutions perfect to your unique and individual legal needs. We can help anyone in...
David Alan Dick
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Chandler, AZ Family Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(480) 782-1026 505 West Ray Road
Suite 4
Chandler, AZ 85224
Family, Business, Consumer and Divorce
University of North Dakota School of Law
Chandler, AZ Family Law Attorney
(480) 420-2900 1490 S Price Rd Ste 208
Chandler, AZ 85286
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Syracuse Univeristy College of Law
Chandler, AZ Family Law Lawyer
(480) 968-8700 555 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85225
Family and Divorce
Chandler, AZ Family Law Attorney
(480) 963-7661 950 W Flint St
Chandler, AZ 85225
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
Chandler, AZ Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(480) 699-9756 2040 S Alma School Rd
Ste 1 # 486
Chandler, AZ 85286
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
Regent University School of Law
Chandler, AZ Family Law Lawyer
(480) 786-8095 500 W Ray Rd
Chandler, AZ 85225
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
Chandler, AZ Family Law Attorney
(480) 820-4771 2420 W Ray Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
Chandler, AZ Family Law Lawyer
(480) 730-5211 565 W Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85225
Family and Divorce
Mr. Douglas C. Gardner
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Tempe, AZ Family Law Lawyer
(480) 829-9081 2177 E. Warner Rd. Ste 101
Tempe, AZ 85284
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy and Divorce
Arizona State University
Douglas C. Gardner is a Native of Northeastern Arizona, and a fourth generation Arizonan. Prior to law school, Douglas worked for several years for Bechtel Corporation, one of America’s largest privately held corporations, as an accounting manager. Douglas attended law school and earned his M.B.A. simultaneously. During Law School, Douglas clerked for the Honorable Randy Haines of the United States Bankruptcy Court in the District of Arizona. Douglas also participated in the Arizona State Law Journal as a Staff Writer and then an Articles Editor. At the same time, Douglas also participated in Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology...
Carol Soderquist
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Chandler, AZ Family Law Lawyer
(480) 499-8400 Mailing: 4939 W Ray Rd, 4-313
Chandler, AZ 852262066
Family, Divorce, Elder and Probate
Zalena Kersting
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Gilbert, AZ Family Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(480) 345-2300 633 E Ray Rd
Suite 134
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Family, DUI and Divorce
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Zalena has been practicing for 30 years, assisting clients in divorce, custody, child support, spousal maintenance (alimony), asset and debt division, prenuptial agreements and other family law matters. Zalena's family law knowledge, experience, guidance and practical advice, along with her passion to achieve positive outcomes, eases the financial and emotional challenges for her clients as they begin a new chapter in their lives. Zalena is easy to talk to, timely responds to questions and concerns and realistic about the likely result. If you are looking for an attorney who knows the law, works hard, cares, strives to minimize your stress...
Brian Petersen
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Mesa, AZ Family Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(480) 779-8377 2345 S. Alma School Road, Suite 204
Mesa, AZ 85210
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Arizona Summit Law School
As the middle child in a family of nine children, Brian learned the value of negotiation and compromise early in life. Today, he is a member of the State Bar of Arizona Sections on Litigation, Business Law, and Bankruptcy, as well as the Professional Chapter of the J. Reuben Law Clerk Society and the Arizona Consumer Bankruptcy Counsel. Brian attended Arizona State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2009. From there, he enrolled in the Phoenix School of Law, obtaining his J.D. in 2011. While in law school, Brian received certification in mediation training and became a flagship member...
Kristi Hancock
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Gilbert, AZ Family Law Attorney
(480) 382-9018 21811 S 158th St
Gilbert, AZ 85298
Family, Collections, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Arizona Summit Law School
After spending 12 years traveling the country with the Air Force, Kristi and her family came back to her home state of Arizona to settle down and finish raising their three daughters. Kristi focuses on helping our first responders and military heroes in legal aspects that may arise. She volunteers her time with Women In Law, Florence Immigration Refugee and Rights Project, Wills for Heroes and other church and community organizations. Giving back to the community is an important part of her life. In her spare time, Kristi enjoys riding her horses and spending time with her family. Kristi is...
Ms. Ashley Blair Rahaman
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Chandler, AZ Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(480) 813-4800 3115 S Price Rd Ste 111
Chandler, AZ 85248
Family
Washburn University School of Law
Dorian Eden
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Phoenix, AZ Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(480) 285-1735 4809 E. Thistle Landing Drive
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Family and Divorce
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
At Eden Law Office, PLLC your case will receive the personal attention it deserves. The firm focuses on all aspects of family law, such as divorce, child custody and support, spousal maintenance, division of assets and post-decree modification cases. The firm also handles personal injury matters from car accidents to dog bites.
Shawnna R. Riggers
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Phoenix, AZ Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(480) 418-0840 7776 S. Pointe Parkway W.
Suite 140
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Family and Divorce
Seattle University School of Law
Shawnna Riggers of Arizona Family Law Attorneys has been practicing law since 2006. Shawnna is dedicated to providing professional and efficient counsel to clients facing family law matters. She is always compassionate in her approach and diligent in helping them secure the best possible results. For her dedication, Shawnna was named Attorney of the Year for the East Valley (2010-2011) by the Family Lawyers Assistance Project (FLAP), and was recognized as one of the top pro bono lawyers in Arizona by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education.
Jilyane Acevedo Henry
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Mesa, AZ Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(480) 237-1276 2150 S Country Club Dr
#13
Mesa, AZ 85210
Family and Divorce
Arizona Summit Law School
A compassionate advocate for her clients and a tough opponent in a wide range of matters, Jilyane Acevedo Henry, Esq. is a family law attorney at Stromfors Law Office. She is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and has been practicing law since 2015.

Her impressive academic career includes graduating sixth in her class at Arizona Summit Law School, where she was a member of the Family Law Student Association, and received a Merit Scholarship, earned a place on the Dean’s List and received a Certificate of Service for her involvement in the community.

As a practicing attorney, Ms. Acevedo...
DeeAn Gillespie Strub
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Mesa, AZ Family Law Attorney
(480) 985-4000 1630 S. Stapley Dr
Suite #212
Mesa, AZ 85204
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Elder
Brigham Young University
Nothing excites DeeAn more than helping people and families in Arizona, especially those who unfairly find themselves in a challenging legal situation. Known for her compassion and her dogged determination on behalf of her AZ clients, DeeAn is that rare breed of family attorney who cares deeply and has the courage and competence to do something about it.
Taylor House
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Tempe, AZ Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(480) 422-4991 402 E Southern Ave
Tempe, AZ 85282
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
James Portman Webster
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Mesa, AZ Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(480) 464-4667 1845 S. Dobson Rd. Ste 201
Mesa, AZ 85202
Free ConsultationFamily and Bankruptcy
Willamette University College of Law
Billie Tarascio
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Mesa, AZ Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(480) 649-2905 1744 S. Val Vista Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85204
Family and Divorce
University of Oregon School of Law
Billie Tarascio is a family law attorney focussing on divorce and the efficient practice of law. Her firm, Modern Law, practices exclusively Arizona divorce and family law. We work with Husbands and Wives, Mothers and Fathers who are facing stressful and uncertain times. Our clients are looking for answers. They want to protect themselves and their children from unnecessary costs and delays. We do not work with clients who are simply looking to drag out litigation and increase costs. We zealously, efficiently and effectively represent our clients to secure their objectives.
Stephanie Stromfors
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Mesa, AZ Family Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(480) 237-1276 2150 S Country Club Dr
#13
Mesa, AZ 85210
Family and Divorce
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Ms. Stromfors practices Family Law and handles cases, including, but not limited to, Paternity, Annulment, Child Custody, Parenting Time, Child Support, Spousal Maintenance, Business Valuation, Orders of Protection, and Post-decree matters involving enforcement or modification of the original Decree. Additionally, Ms. Stromfors practices in the area of Juvenile Law for matters such as Termination of Parental Rights, Adoption, Guardianship and Dependency.

Ms. Stromfors’ extensive court experience and practice provide her the skill and knowledge to vigorously advocate on behalf of her clients. She represents her clients with a commitment to informed representation and appropriate resolution.
Steven Zachary
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Gilbert, AZ Family Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(480) 389-3533 625 N. Gilbert Road, Suite 201
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Vicki Liszewski
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Mesa, AZ Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(480) 359-1334 1837 South Mesa Drive
Suite A102
Mesa, AZ 85210
Family and Divorce
Vicki L. Liszewski has been practicing law since 1997 and provides representation for individuals facing matters involving family law, criminal law, and juvenile law. She was appointed as a Maricopa County Judge Pro Tempore in 2009, and serves as a judge in family and juvenile court. To find out more about the representation Attorney Liszewski may be able to provide you with, do not hesitate to contact Liszewski Law Group, PLLC today.
Daniel Beeks
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Phoenix, AZ Family Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(602) 749-8500 7210 N. 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Family, Appeals and Divorce
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Dan Beeks is an Arizona attorney with over 25 years of experience. He used his extensive knowledge in matters of complicated litigation from everything including medical malpractice to intellectual property before becoming a well known and trusted divorce attorney with Bishop Law Office in Phoenix. Dan often handles high-dollar family law cases, but also enjoys helping with smaller scale divorce cases and appeals.
Richard Zawtocki
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Mesa, AZ Family Law Lawyer
(480) 655-0733 2345 S Alma School Rd
Suite 200
Mesa, AZ 85210
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
Rich Zawtocki has practiced law continually in Arizona since 1985. He currently owns Zawtocki Law Offices, which he established with his wife and law partner Marie Zawtocki.
Rich focuses on all aspects of personal injury law, but also does general civil litigation cases, including contract issues and debt collection cases, as well as both special education and school law cases.
Through his career, Rich has represented thousands of clients, through the litigation process and through negotiations. He enjoys meeting with and helping people.
He is an active member of the State Bar of Arizona, the Maricopa County Bar and the MCBA Lawyer Referral...
Stuart Peterson
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Tempe, AZ Family Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(480) 358-8608 4700 S. Mill Avenue
Suite 5
Tempe, AZ 85282
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy and Divorce
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Stuart is the principal attorney at The Peterson Law Firm and will personally handle every aspect of your case within the firm. His first position out of law school focused on consumer bankruptcy filings wherein he spearheaded hundreds of bankruptcy cases within his first year of practice. This hands-on experience led him to handle complex issues involving heightened emotions and a need for optimal resolution for his clients. His current practice focuses both on consumer bankruptcy and in family law. His initial practice of bankruptcy has allowed him to be able to assist family law clients in complex financial issues...
Timothy W. Durkin
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Phoenix, AZ Family Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(480) 612-6309 2990 E. Washington
Suite 213
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Capital University
Timothy Durkin is a skilled family law attorney, experienced in handling cases involving divorces, paternity actions, child custody, child support, relocation and jurisdiction issues, adoptions, termination of parental rights and parental severance actions, title 8 guardianships, spousal maintenance cases, division of marital property and debts, pre-nuptial agreements, post decree modifications and enforcement of custody and divorce orders, mediation services, grandparent visitation cases and domestic violence issues.

Bar Admissions: Tim is licensed to practice law in all Arizona State Courts, as well as the United States District Court, District of Arizona.

Education and Honors: Tim completed his undergraduate...
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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


No-Fault Proceeding: A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault.

Paternity Suit: A lawsuit to determine the father of a child whose parents were not married when the child was born.