About The Valley Law Group - Phoenix, AZ Family Law Firm
A Premier Boutique Litigation Firm That Puts Your Interests First

Client Focused,

Our practice was founded on the core principles of professional integrity, client prioritization, and customized legal strategy. We believe that law practice is and should be a noble profession, and we proudly uphold a sterling reputation of trust with our clients. We understand that each person who walks through our door has unique needs and challenges. Therefore, we listen closely to your questions and concerns and tailor our strategy to meet your specific goals.

We pledge to always put our clients’ interests first. We understand that sometimes, the best option is to avoid going to court. We have helped many clients resolve their differences amicably through negotiated settlements, mediation, or arbitration. However, if the time comes to bring a case to trial, our team of experienced advocates fiercely defends your case to achieve your best outcome.

Our team delivers world-class legal services to Arizonans in need through scrupulous attention to detail, time-tested best practices, and unfailing devotion to client service. Our award-winning attorneys understand that service begins and ends with them, and we are fortunate to enjoy positive, lasting relationships with our clients, both large and small. Contact us today and learn what a difference it makes to have the right people in your corner.

Our Firm Has an Outstanding Reputation for the
Highest Level of Legal Representation


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"Wonderful experience knowledge and responsive. Elda and Jonathan were helpful and responsive to all my questions and concerns . I was going to so much stress Elda was great responding to my emails it never took more than 24 hours to get a respond from…"
Carmen Segura 3 years ago
"The experience and information that was given to me was of great value. Very professional and with a personal touch. I greatly appreciate all their help. Thank you"
Santiago 3 years ago
"Ryan did a good job especially considering I didn't have an attorney most of my divorce. I would recommend him, but get him onboard at the beginning not the end."
John Law 3 years ago
"Simply put, Ryan is outstanding! ! I’ve used his services exclusively for the last 6+ years on multiple custody and visitation cases. After having gone through three less than transparent attorneys before Ryan, it was incredibly refreshing when I found him. He’s courteous, responsive and…"
Dan Palmer 3 years ago
"Thank you Jon for helping me with my case and making me feel comfortable during the proceedings. I appreciate the guidance you provided and legal recommendations so that I could result in the best possible outcome for my situation. I would have been very lost…"
Catherine Dolan 3 years ago
"I could not be happier with The Valley Law Group. My case was handled effectively and efficiently. I am very grateful for Cory Keith and the rest of the group. Thank you!"
Hannah Ridinger 3 years ago
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We Specialize in High Asset Divorces in AZ

Particular careers (engineer, doctor, entertainer, etc.) provide earners with a healthy bank account. And, when an earner is dealing with divorce, their accumulation of wealth becomes an undeniable facet of the case. Special consideration is warranted due to the amount of money at stake.

In such circumstances, a high-asset divorce lawyer is not only vindicated, but absolutely necessary to protect your assets. In addition to our years of experience focused on high asset divorce cases, we supplement our resources by partnering with experts in the financial field (forensic accountants, QDRO specialists, CPAs, etc.)

A high asset divorce can be a lot more emotional and ultimately impactful since a client can feel as if their emotional/romantic life is changing along with their means to maintain and improve their lifestyle (as well as that of family members). We’ve made a professional commitment in specializing in high asset divorce cases as well as pledging an allegiance to you as our client that we will use our full understanding of the law and extensive resources to maintain your assets and livelihood.

Arizona Divorce Law FAQs

Is an Annulment the Same thing as Divorce in Arizona?

In a divorce case, an Arizona court will enter a judgment that makes each party legally single and divides the parties’ debts and assets. The court may also issue orders for child custody and support and, in some cases, award alimony.

Unlike a divorce, an annulment in Arizona renders the marriage invalid as if it had never occurred.

What Is Common Law Marriage as Recognized by Arizona Law?

To establish a common law marriage with your partner, you must enter into a committed relationship with the intent to marry. Additionally, you and your partner must live together for a significant period of time—although there are no rules regarding the actual amount of time required—before you are considered legally married.

How Does Arizona Define a Covenant Marriage?

Arizona recognizes two types of marriages: covenant and non-covenant. However, covenant marriages were not recognized in the state until they were codified by statute and became law on August 21, 1998. A covenant marriage requires more premarital preparation than a non-covenant marriage.

If a couple decides to divorce later, there are restrictions; however, if both parties agree to end their marriage in a non-covenant marriage setting, they can do so without cause.

When Can I File for Divorce in Arizona?

To file for divorce in Arizona, you or your spouse must reside in the state for at least 90 days prior to filing. If one spouse is a resident of Arizona who meets the criteria set forth by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and was stationed in Arizona before moving there with the intention of becoming a permanent resident, then the military presence must have been maintained for 90 days before the petition is filed.

Can I Make My Spouse Pay for My Divorce in Arizona?

In some cases, the court has discretion over whether to award attorneys’ fees against a party. In other cases, the court must award attorneys’ fees against a party if certain conditions are met. Those conditions include when a petition wasn’t filed in good faith or wasn’t grounded in fact or law and if it was filed with an improper purpose, such as to delay or simply increase the cost of litigation or if a party maintains an unreasonable position. If there is a great difference in the parties’ incomes, attorneys’ fees will also be awarded.

Are Arizona Divorce Attorney Fees Tax Deductible?

To date, the Internal Revenue Service has accepted as a tax deduction only those fees which have been shown to have been incurred to produce or collect gross income. However, there is one loophole. The Internal Revenue Code allows that fees paid to a divorce attorney in the production or collection of gross income are tax deductible. Yet, not all, or even most, of the fees you’ve paid will qualify under this deduction.

What Is a Contested Divorce in Arizona?

Divorce proceedings in Arizona are considered contested when both parties can not agree on one or more key issues necessary to terminate their marriage. In such cases, the court will mediate a settlement of those issues, which can often be contentious and emotional.

Am I Required to Hire an Attorney for Arizona Divorce?

It is highly advisable to retain an attorney and begin divorce proceedings as early in the process as possible. However, doing so is not mandatory.

Are Mediation Services Available in Arizona?

All Arizona divorce matters, including property distribution, spousal maintenance, and parenting time and child custody, can be resolved through mediation.

What Is the Purpose of a Separation Agreement in Arizona?

A separation agreement is a contract between a married couple that clarifies their intentions for their future. The agreement allows couples to negotiate potential areas of disagreement, such as support, division of assets, or debt, in a fair and informal manner.

What Is a Collaborative Divorce in Arizona?

In a collaborative divorce, each party retains attorneys who have a non-adversarial approach to dispute resolution. The parties work together with their attorneys in a structured mediation process towards an agreed resolution that is court-certified.

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