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Family Business Valuation

Deciding the value of a family business in a divorce defies the certainty of a “ones and zeros” calculation. The only true certainty is that an appraisal will be costly and disruptive – the appraisal depends on the appraiser being a “seer,” who divines the future. Recent events make appraisals even more uncertain. The appraisal … Read more

Financial Issues In Divorce, A Client Handbook

As a divorce lawyer, I am always looking for ways to help my clients reduce their stress about is typically a highly stressful process. Education about the process is helpful. Knowledge about your options is critical! A lot of what is out there on the internet is either wrong, does not apply to your situation … Read more

Divorce & Dividing Debt

Novelist Margaret Atwood wrote, “A divorce is like an amputation: You will survive it, but there’s less of you.” Often, there will be less of you financially after a divorce. But beware: You could end up with more debt than you bargained for. How? If you trade an asset to your soon-to-be ex in exchange … Read more

Divorce & Dividing Property

Arizona is a community property state. This means that the Court must divide community property equally, unless there is a really good and compelling reason. Usually this means that all the assets are valued (or you agree to a value) and each party takes assets of equivalent value. Sometimes, however, there is an asset that … Read more

Divorce & Division of Community Assets

Unless there is a very good reason, the Family Court must divide community assets equally in a divorce. Other than that, however, the court has lots of leeway in deciding exactly how to divide them up. In the past, some judges have delayed the sale or award of a marital home while the children are … Read more