Many people mistakenly assume that holding a wedding ceremony where an officiant presides over the proceedings is sufficient to be legally married. Not so. If a marriage license is not issued in the state of Arizona, the marriage is not legally valid. That’s right – no license, no marriage. This means that if you and […]
Under Arizona law, spousal maintenance (a.k.a. alimony) can be pursued by a spouse seeking financial assistance in order to minimize economic hardship post-divorce. The amount of alimony is typically determined by agreement between the parties or by the court. In most cases, spousal maintenance is set for a finite period of time, but can be […]
The answer is: yes and no. The liability of debt is governed by A.R.S. § 25-215. It effectively states that any debt incurred during the course of the marriage that was intended to benefit the marriage is considered “community debt” for divorce purposes. This means that if you and your spouse have credit card debt […]
Under Arizona law, when a child is born out of wedlock, the parents may file an acknowledgment of paternity (see form CS-127). Once this acknowledgment is signed and filed, courts operate under the presumption that the man named in the document is the child’s biological father. But what if the man named in the document […]
When you get divorced, not every piece of property is divided between the parties. Courts make a distinction between separate property and community property. Generally, community property is divided equitably between the spouses during a divorce. This often includes a home purchased by the parties, a car purchased by the parties, joint bank accounts, etc. […]
At the Law Office of Ronald L. Kossack, we assist Arizona residents with family law cases including divorce, child custody, child support and modifications. We work with families in the East Valley and surrounding areas including Tempe, Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Apache Junction, Avondale, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria, Surprise, Sun City, Fountain Hills, Casa Grande, Coolidge, Eloy and Florence. We also help residents living in and around Maricopa County and Pinal County.