Comprehensive Legal Support For Changing Families
At The Law Firm of Jessica M. Cotter P.L.L.C., it’s our job to advocate for your interests. We’ll use our best efforts to help you reach an agreement that will meet your needs, and those of your children. Our highest priority is to attempt to put you in a position to start the next chapter of your life on the right foot.
Dividing Marital Assets Fairly
Divorce is almost never easy — in addition to the pain of dividing a family, there is the legal and logistical challenge of dividing property and parental responsibilities. Unfortunately, many people facing divorce are forced to negotiate deep disagreements about how finances should be divided. One party may insist on unsustainably high spousal maintenance payments, while the other might insist on keeping the house or family business. Assets like investments and retirement accounts also need to be divided, as do joint marital debts. We are prepared to negotiate assertively on behalf of our clients, and fight in court if needed.
Reach A Parenting Arrangement That Works For You
Divorce can be more complicated for couples with children, but our firm can help you reach child custody and child support arrangements that help your children thrive while distributing parental responsibility fairly, including the assertion of paternal rights.
Since 2013, Arizona law has divided the traditional concept of child custody into two distinct categories: parenting time and legal decision-making. Parenting time addresses where your children will live and when they will spend time with each parent. Generally speaking, state law recognizes the principle that a child should spend some time with both parents, except in extreme circumstances such as absenteeism or child abuse. Separately, legal decision-making power will determine which parent has the legal right to choose the child’s school, religious upbringing, medical treatment and make other important decisions.
Child support payments can be used to make up for differences in each parent’s income, as well as differences in their parental responsibilities. Attorney Jessica M. Cotter can help you reach a payment arrangement that satisfies your child’s material needs without putting an unfair burden on your finances.
Work With A Compassionate Divorce Lawyer
Divorce is complicated; we can help you navigate the process from start to finish. To see how The Law Firm of Jessica M. Cotter P.L.L.C. can help you emerge from your marriage in the best position possible, call 602-842-0450, or contact us online and schedule an initial consultation.
For those facing difficult-to-resolve disputes as part of their divorce, we also offer mediation services to help you reach a resolution while avoiding the high costs of litigation.
From our office in Peoria, we serve clients in the Phoenix metropolitan area and throughout Arizona.