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About Brian G. Winter
Attorney Brian G. Winter, a partner at Stewart Law Group, became a member of the State Bar of Arizona in 2014, but he's been practicing law for over 25 years.
Originally from Fairfield, Connecticut, Winter earned his BA in Government and Politics at St. John’s University, Queens, NY, (1990) and JD from St. John’s University School of Law (1993). By 1994, he was admitted to practice law in New York (registered), Connecticut (active), and Florida (inactive).
After moving to Phoenix, Winter joined Stewart Law Group in 2017. Actively involved in the Maricopa County Bar Association, he currently serves on the Board of the Family Law Section. Winter was also a member of the MCBA's Board of Directors (2016).
Winter strongly believes in minimizing conflict in domestic relations cases, avoiding litigation whenever possible. In his Connecticut years as a family lawyer, Winter focused on ADR. He completed 40-hours of mediation training at the Center for Understanding Conflict and advanced training at the Center for Mediation in Law. Winter served the Connecticut court as a Special Master and Guardian ad Litem (GAL). Also trained in advanced collaborative law, Winter has spent many hours as client advocate in collaborative divorce negotiations. Winter is also an experienced trial attorney in high income, high asset divorces.
Winter has received many awards over the years. He is rated 10-of-10 (Avvo Inc.). Additional recognitions include:
- 10 Best Attorney - American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 2020
- 10 Best Estate Planning Attorney - American Institute of Legal Counsel 2020
- Top 10 Estate Planning Attorneys - Attorney and Practice Magazine 2019
- 10 Best Attorney - American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 2019
- 10 Best Estate Planning Attorney - American Institute of Legal Counsel 2018
- Lawyers of Distinction - Lawyers of Distinction 2017
- 5 Star Clients' Choice Award – Avvo 2017
- 10 Best Estate Planning Attorney - American Institute of Legal Counsel 2017
- Client's Choice Award – Avvo 2016 Top Ten Ranking
- National Academy of Family Law Attorneys 2016
- 10 Best Family Law Attorneys
- American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 2016
- Avvo Clients' Choice Award for Divorce - Avvo 2015
- Lead Counsel Rated in Family Law - Lead Counsel 2015
Attorney's Latest Articles
Getting a Divorce in Glendale
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 Glendale, 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 Glendale
Glendale 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 Glendale 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 Glendale 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 Brian G. Winter to handle your matter.
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