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About Amy Dohrendorf
Family law attorney Amy Dohrendorf joined Stewart Law Group in 2007 and is Managing Partner.
Dohrendorf and Scott David Stewart, the law firm's founder, co-authored "Arizona Child Custody Essentials: What Every Parent Needs to Know,” as a guide to court proceedings, parenting plans, emotional issues, and all things custody. She also has a video series on the Arizona divorce process, mediation, orders of protection, child support, and spousal maintenance.
With over 15 years practicing domestic relations law, Dohrendorf is well-suited to her leadership role as partner. She offers three essential character traits for a happy and successful professional life: Patience, tolerance, and acceptance.
Dohrendorf spent three years as Assistant Public Defender with the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office. When she changed her course to private family law practice, she knew she'd hit her mark. She is a tireless advocate for her clients, always striving to obtain the best possible results in every case. A skilled mediator and litigator, she never loses sight of the children’s best interests.
Her accolades include "10 Best" Female Attorney for Client Satisfaction (American Institute of Family Law Attorneys), "Top 100" lawyers (The National Advocates), "Clients' Choice" and "Top Attorney" rated 10.0 (Avvo).
A Pi Beta Phi Sorority alumna, Dohrendorf graduated magna cum laude from NAU with a BS in Communications. She obtained her JD from University of Denver Sturm College of Law and received the Harold C. Lawson Memorial Law Scholarship.
Dohrendorf is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and Maricopa County Bar Association. She is active in the MCBA's Family Law Section and has been a board member since 2015.
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Getting a Divorce in Chandler
From a legal standpoint, getting married is often far easier than getting divorced. Between ensuring that there is an equitable division of property, determining parenting time, dividing retirement accounts, and other formalities, the process of divorce can be both expensive and time-consuming. While many people can, and do, undertake this process without a divorce attorney in Chandler, there are a number of specific items involved that can use an attorney's legal experience.
A Glimpse of Marriage and Divorce in the U.S.
In spite of an often-quoted statistic that half of all U.S. marriages end in divorce, the divorce rate is actually dropping and now stands at about 39 percent, according to a 2018 article from Time. However, it isn't because the millennials---who have now entered adulthood, the workplace, and even matrimony---have found the key to a long-lasting relationship. It is, rather, that they're delaying marriage, with recent Census figures revealing that the average age for a first marriage is around 30 for men and 28 for women. In 2003, these ages were 27 and 25 respectively. The frequently cited reason for delaying marriage is to gain financial security first, the article notes, adding that many couples are choosing to cohabitate rather than marry.
Reasons to Hire a Divorce Lawyer in Chandler
Chandler divorce attorneys fall into a legal practice area known as family law. Family law is focused on assisting individuals with legal matters pertaining to family relationships. In addition to divorce, family law also covers annulment, child custody and visitation, as well as adoption. Some of the reasons people seek the help of an experienced Chandler divorce attorney include:
- They don't wish to navigate the legal arena themselves. The legalities of divorce involve a lot of paperwork and timelines. A top Chandler divorce lawyer, is well educated and trained to deal with this type of work.
- There are children involved in the marriage. Divorcing with children involves a lot of provisions, such as which parent the child will primarily reside with; a parenting schedule that covers the school year, summer vacation, and holidays; and child support, along with other considerations.
- You and your spouse disagree on some matters that must be decided, such as child custody or division of assets. It is important if there are disagreements that you don't try to settle those disagreements in court without a lawyer to assist you, particularly if your spouse has a lawyer.
- Your case is complex, due to high-value assets or business ownership.
- You or your spouse has a retirement plan. Often these plans are considered a marital asset and will need to be divided equitably through a Qualified Domestic Relations Order.
- Your spouse is not sharing all of his or her financial information with you. Because many things such as equitable division of assets or expenses and the determination of spousal maintenance relies on your finances, if you are having difficulty obtaining this information, a lawyer can help.
- You or your spouse will need maintenance support. The laws in your state may help you determine how much this support will be or how long it will last. Your divorce lawyer understands the complexities surrounding spousal maintenance.
- You have real estate. Selling a home during a divorce can be a tricky situation that needs the expertise of someone trained in family law. Additionally, if you or your spouse wishes to live in the house for a time after the divorce, this impacts the division of your marital property in ways that an attorney can help you understand.
Reach out today to schedule an appointment to discuss your legal needs and the availability of Amy Dohrendorf to handle your matter.
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