Divorce. If you are considering divorce, you should also look into the possibilities of legal separation and annulment.
Child custody. Custody is such a confusing concept that the Arizona State Legislature removed the term from family law statutes. One common misunderstanding is what sole legal decision-making (previously known as sole custody) means under the law and in reality. Another misunderstanding is that Arizona law.
Relocation. States differ regarding what legal process you must take when moving with children. Some states require the permission of the other parent for merely moving across town.
Termination of parental rights. Under certain circumstances, Arizona law allows a judge to termination the parental rights of a parent. Statistically, it is one parent terminating the rights of other so a stepparent can adopt.
Mediation / Resolution Management Conference (RMC)
Medical insurance for spouse and children
Qualified domestic relations orders
We handle all levels of reactive cases (where you have been criminally charged with a felony
or misdemeanor) and proactive cases (where you are seeking to improve your situation by:
Dependency is the process of the Department of Child Safety (formerly Child Protective Services) investigating and removing children from a home due to concerns of abuse or neglect.
Mr. Waite has handled multiple guardianship and / or conservatorship cases.
Common criminal charges are categorized as felonies and misdemeanors. Charges stem from either a police officer writing a ticket or a prosecutor filing a criminal complaint.
How cases are resolved: Following are some of the possible resolutions to criminal charges, arranged in the likely chronological order.
A. Dismissal: The charges are dropped by the officer or prosecutor, likely because the officer or prosecutor do not believe a trial would result in your conviction (rare)
B. Diversion: The charges are dismissed pursuant to a written diversion agreement. The agreement states the prosecutor will dismiss the charges as soon as:
Obtaining an early release from probation
Having your civil rights restored (gun rights, voting rights, etc.)
Having a judge set aside your conviction (expungement)
C. Plea agreement:
Potential consequences. If you plead or are found guilty, any combination of the following could occur:
You pay a monthly supervision fee
You complete requirements linked to the supposed crime (alcohol screening, anger management, etc.)
You show you can stay out of trouble for a sufficient period of time (usually 6 – 12 months, and they will check your criminal history for new charges and may ask you to submit a report showing you are employed or in school)
Early release from probation
Restoration of civil rights
Setting aside of convictions (expungement)
Jail / prison
Forfeiture of property