Divorce is a Journey of the Soul

By Arizona Lawyer Julie A. LaBenz Divorce turns everything upside down. The familiar is now unfamiliar. Disorder takes up what feels like a permanent residence. A steady state of discomfort permeates … everything. Although different circumstances lead to this point – the point where soul growth is only possible through breaking the promise to spend […]

Legal Decision-Making: 3 Key Questions to Ask Yourself in Deciding if Joint or Sole Legal Decision-Making is Best in Your Situation

Often, parents fight over joint versus sole legal decision-making simply because they don’t understand what it is or what the law says about it. In fact, the term “legal decision-making” sounds more complicated than it is and also appears to apply to all types of decisions.  Yet, the definition under Arizona law reveals that legal […]

“But Judge, I Didn’t Know …”

The courtroom can be a pretty intimidating place.  Often, parents representing themselves don’t know where to stand, what to say, or may not even understand what’s actually going on. Given the complexity of the law and court procedure, certainly non-lawyers representing themselves are held to a lesser standard, right? Well, actually, no.  Self-represented parents are […]

Child Support — 3 Tips & Strategies to Use with Arizona’s Child Support Calculator

    Child support, whether you’re obligated to pay it or entitled to receive it, is a very important issue in every case and determining the proper amount of child support is not always a straight-forward endeavor. The Arizona court system created a very useful tool called the child support calculator.  To access the calculator, […]

5 Ways to Save Money During Divorce; Part 5: Empower Yourself with Legal Information and Individualized Case Advice

PART 5:  Empower yourself with legal information and individualized case advice to save money during the challenging Arizona divorce process. Yes!  We’ve made it to the final segment of this exclusive 5 part series on ways to save money when going through the divorce process. Let’s recap what we’ve learned so far: Divorcing spouses can […]

5 Ways to Save Money During Divorce; Part 4: Why Its Key to Tame Your Emotions During Divorce

When it comes to divorce, emotions understandably run very high. Although divorcing spouses may desire to hurt or punish each other, that natural instinct seems to inevitably lead to a long, drawn-out and costly divorce. Yet, how can upset spouses effectively control their strong emotions during what is often one of the most challenging times […]