Family & Divorce

Referrals are the lifeblood of any small business, especially small law offices. Frankly, we could not survive without referrals as we do not advertise. We succeed by doing good work for people at reasonable prices and hopefully our firm name gets out by word of mouth. Having practiced law for thirty years now, I have had referrals from a wide variety of sources. These sources include: current clients, former clients, family members, other lawyers in and out of town, members from my Church, other parents from my son’s Boy Scout Troop, childhood friends, educators from my kids’ schools and business…
Complimentary Referrals MOST UNUSUAL, BUT COMPLIMENTARY, REFERRALS Referrals are the lifeblood of any small business, especially small law offices. Frankly, we could not survive without referrals as we do not advertise. We survive, by doing good work for people at reasonable prices and hopefully our firm name gets out by word of mouth.  Having practiced law for thirty years now, I have had referrals from a wide variety of sources. These sources include: current clients, former clients, family members, other lawyers in and out of town, members from my Church, other parents from my son’s Boy Scout Troop, childhood friends,…
Doing business in the midst of a pandemic is unchartered territory. Despite the difficulties and concerns brought on by Covid-19, it remains each attorney’s primary ethical duty to protect the interests of their client. This essentially means to stay in regular and frequent contact with your clients and not let anything fall through the cracks. Under the current circumstances, we at Brown Personal Injury Law as well as Brown Family Law Group recognize this duty includes an obligation that attorneys be “technologically competent” such that they can effectively communicate with our clients to achieve our clients’ objectives. For these reasons,…
Doing business in the midst of a pandemic is unchartered territory  Despite the difficulties and concerns brought on by Covid-19, it remains each attorney’s primary ethical duty to protect the interests of their client. This essentially means to stay in regular and frequent contact with your clients and not let anything fall through the cracks.  Under the current circumstances, we at Brown Personal Injury Law as well as Brown Family Law Group recognize this duty includes an obligation that attorneys be “technologically competent” such that they can effectively communicate with our clients to achieve our clients’ objectives.  For these reasons,…
Adult Children and Legal Documents Here’s a question that most parents don’t often consider: With adult children heading off to college and/or into the workplace, what legal documents do I need?  Upon reaching his or her 18th birthday, your child is legally an adult in Arizona and in most states. This means that you no longer have the right to make certain decisions that you always have made before and obtain information on your child’s condition. Yes, this means that as soon as your child turns 18, you no longer have dominion over them.  So let’s say – heaven forbid…
Adult Children and Legal Documents Here’s a question that most parents don’t often consider: With adult children heading off to college and/or into the workplace, what legal documents do I need? Upon reaching his or her 18th birthday, your child is legally an adult in Arizona and in most states. This means that you no longer have the right to make certain decisions that you always have made before and obtain information on your child’s condition. Yes, this means that as soon as your child turns 18, you no longer have dominion over them. So let’s say – heaven forbid…
Arizona’s minimum limit for auto insurance liability increased effective July 1, 2020. Senate Bill 1087 was passed by the Arizona legislature on May 27, 2019 and then signed into law by Governor Ducey on Friday, June 7th, 2019. Prior to July 1, 2020, Arizona’s minimum limits of liability required by the state of Arizona was $15,000/$30,000/$10,000.   The new limits that will take effect on July 1st, 2020 will be $25,000/$50,000/$15,000. This means the minimum amount of coverage that a person is required to carry will increase and this is a good thing.  The first two numbers represent your…
Arizona’s minimum limit for auto insurance liability will increase effective July 1st, 2020. Senate Bill 1087 was passed by the Arizona legislature on May 27, 2019 and then signed into law by Governor Ducey on Friday, June 7th, 2019.  Prior to July 1, 2020, Arizona’s minimum limits of liability required by the state of Arizona was $15,000/$30,000/$10,000.   The new limits that will take effect on July 1st, 2020 will be $25,000/$50,000/$15,000. This means the minimum amount of coverage that a person is required to carry will increase and this is a good thing.  The first two numbers represent your “Bodily…
With full disclosure that I am not a tax attorney and I do not give tax advice, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some changes that may allow individuals that are suffering financial hardship to make withdrawals or loans from their retirement accounts. When the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Relief & Economic Security Act (CARES Act) on March 27, 2020, it intended to assist Americans with financial relief to assist them during the COVID-19 pandemic. One area of the CARES Act set down new rules regarding withdrawals and/or loans from retirement accounts. The CARES Act relaxed rules on loans or…
Family and Domestic Relations Blog Maricopa County Superior Court: Family Court Guidelines for Parenting Time of Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic April 7, 2020 The Maricopa County Superior Court put together “Family Court Guidelines for Parenting Time of Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Click here to read the guidelines: https://bit.ly/3bnjUOv For more information, contact Norma C. Izzo or a member of the Jennings Strouss Family Law and Domestic Relations practice. Norma C. Izzo | Read Bio Share About Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. For over 75 years, Jennings Strouss has been…
Family and Domestic Relations Blog AAML & AFCC List: Seven Guidelines For Parents Who Are Divorced/Separated And Sharing Custody Of Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic April 6, 2020 Members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) have put together a list of “Seven Guidelines For Parents Who Are Divorced/Separated And Sharing Custody Of Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Click here to read the guidelines: https://bit.ly/3bnjUOv For more information, contact Norma C. Izzo or a member of the Jennings Strouss Family Law and Domestic Relations practice. Norma C. Izzo | Read
Family and Domestic Relations Blog AAML & AFCC List: Seven Guidelines For Parents Who Are Divorced/Separated And Sharing Custody Of Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic April 6, 2020 Members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) have put together a list of “Seven Guidelines For Parents Who Are Divorced/Separated And Sharing Custody Of Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Click here to read the guidelines: https://bit.ly/3bnjUOv For more information, contact Norma C. Izzo or a member of the Jennings Strouss Family Law and Domestic Relations practice. Norma C. Izzo | Read
Small changes coming in April 2020 to ALL child support with potentially HUGE results! For all child support payors and recipients of child support, there are changes coming this April. The Superior Court sent out a notice to all employers last month that effective April 1, 2020 the monthly handling fee for the Clearinghouse will increase from $5.00 to $8.00 per month. This means that the handling fee for collecting and distributing monthly child support payments will automatically change, even if you have not been back to court in some time. So what this mean for you? Assuming the employer…
Client Alert News Maricopa County Superior Court Introduces Summary Consent Decrees January 7, 2020 The New Year brings with it changes to Family Law in Maricopa County, including the introduction of Summary Consent Decrees. Summary Consent Decrees allow parties who are in full agreement on the terms of their dissolution to utilize a streamlined process. Parties to the dissolution will work together to complete the Court packet, pay filing fees, and attend a parenting class (if there are minor children). Rather than filing a Petition and Response, the parties can file a single document entitled a “Petition and Response for…
Client Alert News Arizona Introduces the Arizona Protective Order Initiation & Notification Tool (AZPOINT) January 6, 2020 Beginning January 1, 2020, Arizona introduced a new tool for filling out and filing Orders of Protection. AZPOINT (Arizona Protective Order Initiation & Notification Tool) will allow people seeking orders of protection, injunctions against harassment, or injunctions against workplace harassment to fill out petitions from the convenience and safety of their own homes. Once a person fills out their petition, they can file the petition in person at any court in the state and present their case to a judge. If the judge…
Spousal maintenance is probably one of the hardest areas to give advice in family law. Unlike child support, which can be mathematically calculated down to the penny, spousal maintenance is based on a number of factors and considerations, some certain and some subjective. The age of the parties, income differences, years of marriage, education, health of parties and lifestyle during marriage are some, but not all, of the factors that a judge would have to look at and consider. I have attended countless spousal maintenance seminars over the years which have presented a panel of judges and well-respected practitioners that…