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Realities of the Divorce Process

The Scottsdale divorce attorneys at Canterbury Law Group handle complex divorce cases throughout Arizona, California, Nevada and New York. Their skilled litigation team provides no-nonsense legal counsel for family law cases at the highest level possible.

The law team at Canterbury thoroughly prepares clients while understanding that all cases have unique circumstances and laws vary by state and local jurisdiction. The Scottsdale divorce attorneys also prepare clients for the constant surprises that inevitably arise during the divorce process:

Length of divorce – Depending on your unique situation, divorce can take few months to well over a year, leaving issues that still need to be settled. The vast majority of matters resolve within one calendar year. More complex dissolutions with large asset bases and children, can take up to two years. At Canterbury Law Group, we help clients work out many divorce issues before entering court in attempt to eliminate or reduce long cases. The longer the case, the more expensive it is for both sides.

Court TV is not reality – Court TV may have constructed an unrealistic image of what court is like for the majority of divorce cases. In fact, most cases reach a settlement before needing to see a judge, or if you see a judge, it might only be for a few preliminary hearings and no trial if you elect to settle later.

Rescheduling is common – Expect your court dates to be rescheduled for other cases that take priority in your jurisdiction, such as criminal trials. You cannot insist upon a court date just because the court issued it. Rather, be prepared for rescheduling. Change is constant in a divorce proceeding.

Patience is needed – In most courthouses, your case will not be the only case scheduled for a hearing. Be prepared to sit and wait for other cases to be heard before yours. However, you must always be on time in the event the court is on time.

Everyone has an opinion – When you are going through a divorce, you will realize that everyone has an opinion. Ignore most of them because each case is unique, and no one can give you divorce advice better than your divorce attorney. Don’t rely on what you ‘hear’ or ‘read’ on the internet. Secure top legal counsel and let them steer you successfully to the resolution of your case so you can move on with your life. For more on divorce legal services, go to www.canterburylawgroup.com or call 480-744-7711.

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Child Custody After Divorce

At Canterbury Law Group, our Scottsdale divorce lawyers fight to protect the future and well-being of children affected by divorce. While winning your case, we also work diligently to secure a sound emotional and financial outcome for children of divorced parents.

If you are starting to consider a divorce or if you were recently served with a divorce petition, the Scottsdale divorce lawyers at Canterbury Law Group suggest immediately consulting with a trusted attorney to assess and protect all of your legal rights. Delays may limit your child custody options.

Divorce can be a delicate and painful experience for all involved. Our attorneys will work diligently to ensure the children remain a priority throughout and after the divorce, and strive to remedy sensitive issues including custody arrangements and parenting plans with concern and attention, striving to reduce the possible future damage divorce can have on children and relationships.

If you have children that will be affected by divorce, here are some important custody arrangements you should understand. The standard types of Legal Decision Making (child custody):

  • Parenting Time (physical custody) — Determines which specific days of the week that the minor child will be in the physical custody and control of the parent or his or her agents
  • Legal Decision Making — Grants one parent or both parents the right to make important decisions about how a child will be raised with regard to religion, medical care, education, etc.
  • Joint Legal Decision Making — Grants joint legal decision making to both parents assuming the parents can jointly agree on all issues of their child’s upbringing, if disagreements arise, the parties can divert to a court appointed Parenting Coordinator or return to Court to litigate.
  • Sole Custodial Parent — Grants one parent both legal decision making and full parenting time (custody) rights over the child (rare).

Divorce can be tolling on all involved so be sure to guard your kids and preserve their future. For more information on divorce and child custody, contact the Scottsdale divorce lawyers at Canterbury Law Group. We are here to protect you and your children: (480) 744-7711.

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3 Steps to Take Before Filing For Scottsdale Bankruptcy

At Canterbury Law Group, our Scottsdale bankruptcy attorneys are top industry experts. We represent clients through the entire bankruptcy process and, although all cases are unique, the end goal of bankruptcy is always a fresh financial start.

Here are three tips for people that are starting to think about bankruptcy.

  • Gather documents. You must start collecting financial documents for your attorney. Obtain a record of debt including credit card bills, unpaid medical bills, loan statements, etc. Also locate any documentation on assets you currently hold and monthly income statements.
  • Find a qualified legal team. Filing for bankruptcy is a complicated process and a simple mistake can be detrimental to your case. Make sure you have a legal team that is experienced, understands your goals and can get the job done. Many law firms offer a complimentary first-time consultation or cut-rate deals. Generally speaking, uou get what you pay for. Instead, call Canterbury Law Group today to schedule your appointment.
  • Better your financial habits. You need to make sure you improve your financial life after your file bankruptcy. Educate yourself by reading books, reviewing financial websites and seeking out professional guidance. Obtain a secured credit card or personal loan to start building up your credit but remember that you may have to wait some time before you can be approved for a secured credit card.

As authorities in the legal industry, the bankruptcy counsel at Canterbury Law Group was uniquely formed to provide no-nonsense legal counsel for personal and business bankruptcy cases. The team’s attention, experience and sophistication allows for innovative resolutions that generate positive client results.

Put time on your side and consult on your possible bankruptcy sooner than later. Our legal team is ready to represent you in your Scottsdale business bankruptcy case. Call us today to schedule your initial consultation. 480-744-7711.

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Tips For Fathers Going Through Divorce In Scottsdale

The Scottsdale divorce lawyers at Canterbury Law Group represent both men and women in divorce proceedings. Through their extensive divorce experience, they have noticed that men often think they have fewer rights to the family home and / or children while going through a divorce. This is not necessarily true.

The legal team at Canterbury suggests finding a divorce attorney immediately if divorce is a remote possibility so you can evaluate your options are start preparing for the possible filing against you, or your own filing against her. Several tips should be considered when evaluating the divorce process:

  • Watch your words. If you’re dealing with an angry wife, take note of what was said but do not retaliate. React rationally and not in anger without giving your wife any ammunition to use later. Presume every conversation is being recorded on her cell phone.
  • Don’t move out of the marital residence right away. Leaving the house may become a strategic disadvantage later. The Mother has practical custody if Dad leaves and she may be in a stronger position to get the upper hand in a later custody battle.
  • Keep records. Keep careful records of everything that is said and done in relation to the divorce process including threats, insults, etc. Record your spending habits, money you give her and the kids and all expenses you pay for. Print out your bank records periodically so that you can show any large withdrawals made by your spouse.
  • Maintain communication with children. Often, the feeling the children have about their Father makes or breaks a custody case. Be a proactive father. Don’t ever talk negatively about their Mother in their presence. Your positive interactions with them will help with the process, and will also preserve a relationship for later when the post-divorce life begins.
  • Keep yourself well. Many fathers neglect their physical and / or emotional health during these stressful times, which may lead to depression and / or isolation. Keeping a healthy diet, exercising and avoiding harmful substances is always a good strategy, and even more important in times of anxiety. You need to be at the top of your game when you deal with these emotionally difficult experiences.

Find legal counsel soon. If you feel that divorce is inevitable, it is better to obtain a divorce attorney early on. Call the Scottsdale divorce attorneys at Canterbury Law Group to schedule your initial case evaluation: 480-744-7711.

 

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Sole Child Custody After Divorce

When a divorce involves children, Canterbury Law Group fights to protect their future and well-being both emotionally and financially.

Our Scottsdale divorce lawyers work diligently to ensure your children remain a priority throughout and after the divorce, and strive to remedy sensitive issues including custody arrangements and parenting plans. Our primary focus is to reduce the possible future damage divorce can have on children and relationships.

We often see parents who hope to win sole child custody and “take the kids”. However, it is important to realize that the court’s priority is the best interests of the child, which frequently mandates a ruling of joint custody. Many parents go into a child custody hearing with the intention of seeking sole custody. For some parents, this is because they believe that the other parent is “unfit” to raise their child. Any parent hoping to be awarded sole custody should realize that there is a higher burden of proof for the parent seeking sole custody. You will have to literally prove in a court of law that the other parent is an unfit parent based on substance abuse, criminal history or acts of domestic violence.

To award sole custody, the courts have to establish one parent as the “better parent,” which can be difficult to do, particularly if both parents have been involved up until this point. In addition, most judges are reluctant to prevent either parent from having a relationship with their child because the implication is that both parents, together, are best able to care for a child. As a result, any parent seeking sole custody has to prove that he or she is best able to care for a child, with or without the assistance of the other parent.

In addition, from a judge’s standpoint, parents should not be trashing one another during a child custody hearing. Instead, the parent seeking sole custody should focus on proving that he or she is the better parent without attacking his or her counterpart. When seeking sole custody, one should focus on the physical and psychological well-being of the child. Physical well-being includes your child’s routine, sleeping habits, eating schedule and activities. Judges tend to notice parents who encourage a healthy lifestyle. The factors of psychological well-being may include making sure that the child has access to liberal visitation with the other parent. Judges tend to favor parents who openly support the child’s the ongoing relationship with the other parent. Whether hoping for sole custody or joint custody, the legal team at Canterbury Law Group in Scottsdale can effectively represent you. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.

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Steps in a Scottsdale Divorce

At Scottsdale-based Canterbury Law Group, our legal team is well versed in Family Law including divorce. Our litigators are often asked to describe the different stages of divorce. While each divorce is unique, here is a quick review of what you may expect:

The first step in the process is filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The person who files the Petition is identified as the Petitioner (or Plaintiff) and the opposing spouse is identified as the Respondent (or Defendant.) A Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is a public record that includes basic facts about you, your spouse and your children. The document is usually brief and does not contain a great deal of personal information.

Once the Petition is filed with the Court, due process requires that the Respondent be “served” with the Petition and a Summons to Appear. Once served, your spouse has 20 days to file a written Response to the Petition. Once a Response has been filed, the attorneys then discuss if temporary order or support is needed. Temporary orders of support may include child support, spousal maintenance and marital expenses paid by one spouse to the other while the case is pending.

Financial investigation is the next step. This portion of the case involves determination of the value of the marital estate or “discovery,” which includes depositions, subpoenas, interrogatories and review of financial documents by accounting experts. If the assets and debts are agreeable by both parties, they may choose to waive formal discovery. However, if either party disagrees with their spouse’s estimate of value or the amount of debt distributed to each party, formal discovery will be necessary. Rigorous asset searches are often performed to find any hidden assets in non-disclosed accounts, safety deposit boxes, or overseas accounts.

If both parties cannot reach an agreement, the attorneys may choose to submit the issues in controversy to the Judge during a pretrial conference. Pretrial conferences are sometimes conducted in the Judge’s chambers. The Judge’s pretrial recommendations are not binding but they do indicate how the Judge might prefer to settle the case. Pretrial conferences are often a critical motivation for reaching a final settlement without preparing for a full trial on the merits. Trials are expensive and unpredictable.

In the event an agreement cannot be reached through negotiation or pretrial conference, the matter is set for trial. A case is often set several months out. During the months before trial, your attorney will be preparing your case. Trials range in duration from half a day to perhaps a week, depending on the complexity of your case. There are no jury trials in divorce cases. The decisions are made solely by the Judge. A final divorce judgment and Decree will be entered at the conclusion of the trial. Those orders remain binding upon both spouses for the life of the order unless appealed by either party within a certain number of days.

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Child Custody Factors in Arizona

When a divorce involves children, Scottsdale-based Canterbury Law Group fights aggressively to protect the children’s’ future and well being. In fact, we are known for securing the most sensible child arrangements possible at the lowest expense. We first attempt to collaborate with both parents and related experts to design practical provisions for successful co-parenting and child support schedules.

In the event that mutual settlement of these issues is not possible, our no-nonsense litigators will prepare your case with diligence and the utmost attention to detail. Arizona law requires that the best interest of the child be the lead consideration above any other when allocating child custody. Moreover, judges are commanded by statute to maximize the amount of parenting time for each parent. This usually suggests an equal 50/50 parenting time protocol absent parental fitness issues (e.g. drug, alcohol, criminal history, domestic violence) being proven by the other parent by competent and admissible evidence.

Arizona family courts determine custody based on the best interests of the child, taking into consideration a great deal of details including:

  • The child’s age
  • The child’s wishes
  • Each parent’s wishes
  • The child’s adjustment to home, school and community
  • Any history of domestic violence or child abuse by either parent
  • Whether the parents have provided primary care of the child
  • The mental and physical health of all individuals involved
  • The child’s relationship with each parent
  • Each parent’s willingness to foster a meaningful and substantial relationship with the other parent.

If you are thinking about filing for divorce in Scottsdale or Phoenix, call us today to schedule your consultation. Sometimes the best offense in a case is a well positioned, and thought our strategy which is completed weeks or months in advance of formally filing the case.

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Scottsdale Family Law

The attorneys at Canterbury Law Group have vast experience in Scottsdale family law and divorce. Family law issues can be extremely difficult and the end results can be life altering both emotionally and financially for the children and adults involved, so we are dedicated to providing clients with a skilled and passionate legal team when dealing with divorce and other family law disputes. An Arizona divorce can be a very complicated process, which is why you need an attorney from Canterbury Law Group. From filing the petition or responding to a petition until the final hearing, our expert team will prepare an aggressive and thorough case for your Scottsdale divorce.

Canterbury Law Group handles all types of family law matters including:

  • Divorce & Legal Separation
  • Child Custody & Parenting Time
  • Paternity Issues
  • Child & Spousal Support
  • Orders of Protection
  • Emergency Orders
  • Modifications
  • Decree Enforcement
  • Appeals
  • Grandparent Visitation
  • Non-Parent Custody Rights
  • Relocation & Custody Issues
  • Multi-State Legal Representation

When children are involved in your Phoenix family law case, the outcome is even more crucial. Do not waste any of your precious time and efforts. Be sure to begin this legal process with your trusted Scottsdale legal team at Canterbury Law Group. Call us today to schedule your consultation.

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