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Telling Your Parents That You're Getting Divorced

As parents, we all want what's best for our kids. We want them to have happy childhoods. We want them to do well in school so that they will have as many opportunities as possible to seek out a satisfying and fulfilling career. We want them to see the world, have adventures (safely), and be happy. We also want them to love and be loved. We want them to have someone who will always be there for them and for whom they will always be there in return. We really do. One thing parents don't want for their kids is divorce. That's not surprising and it's not unexpected. Kids know this about their parents. So grown up kids who find themselves contemplating or in the midst of divorce will often falter when it comes to that moment when they need to actually tell their parents that their marriage is ending.

What Does Divorce & Social Media Have In Common?

There are many reasons people seek a divorce. One of the reasons that experts have studied and verified is that there seems to be a correlation between the number of hours per day that a person stays on social media and the rate of divorce. They are quick to add that this is just a part of the reason for divorce, not the whole reason.

Can Child Support Arrears Be Discharged by Bankruptcy?

Too often we see instances of a parent who owes past due child support. Some prefer to look at it as a "missed payment" (or missed payments) while others simply see it as an obligation they couldn't meet during certain months, but when court ordered child support is not paid, this is not an issue that is easily dismissed. In many cases, the missed payment or two quickly snowballs into a major debt. This is the point at which parents behind on their child support start hearing phrases like "child support arrears" and "enforcement of the court order." Rather than go through the family court, some in this situation may consider solving their problem through bankruptcy. They assume that if they feel that they can't afford to pay their child support payments, any arrearage will be able to discharged along with the rest of their debt through the bankruptcy process. This is a delusion that may cause parents behind on their child support payments to fall even more behind.

Co-Parenting Like a Grown Up

A woman walked into the firm last week wearing a t-shirt that said, "Don't grow up, it's a trap!" We've all had this feeling before. Many of us have probably seen the sentiment expressed on a t-shirt, a random sign or a social media post, and most of us laugh and think it's funny. And it is, until you think about it. Being an adult can be hard and it's nice to commiserate and understand that the "hard" isn't something reserved exclusively for a few, but that everyone knows that feeling. Yet sometimes we use that feeling as a crutch that prevents us from reaching our full potential - that elusive "grown up" that was so easy to envision back before we were expected to actually behave that way because we're all grown now. This phenomenon of being grown, but not feeling (or necessarily) acting grown up is never more apparent than when a divorced couple is attempting to co-parent. This is one of those "adult" situations that just call for all of us to behave like the grown ups that we are.

Community Property and Who Gets What During a Divorce?

Community Property and Equitable Distribution: What Are They?

It is no secret that divorce can be difficult. There are complexities even when it is amicable. Next to the question of "Who gets the children?", the most difficult and complex arguments and agreements will be about property, assets, and money.

5 Ways to Cope With Divorce

Divorce is a major life stressor. Unfortunately, 40 to 50 percent of married couples may experience it personally in their lifetime. From emotional trauma to financial stress and legal battles, divorce brings a heavy array of life changes and difficulties. Although we deal solely with the legal aspects of divorce, we've noticed during our decades of experience that taking care of yourself in every aspect can influence how things can go for you legally during a divorce. That's why we'd like to share a few tips on coping with the stress of divorce:

Getting Started: Arizona Divorce

Begin with being diligent
In the first place, cross your t's and dot your i's. Before you even counsel with a Phoenix divorce lawyer, ensure the Phoenix divorce lawyer has years of experience practicing family law. How much experience relies on your requirement of knowledge in your case. 

How Clients Can Help Lower Their Divorce Costs

Getting divorced in Phoenix or elsewhere doesn't have to be expensive in every case. With the exception of instances where couples are not willing to compromise at all on certain issues or where one partner is hell-bent on dragging the process out without regard to the time and costs, there are several ways couples might reduce the overall cost of getting divorced.