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About Scott David Stewart
In 2004, divorce and family law attorney Scott David Stewart founded Stewart Law Group. Early in his legal career, Stewart was Deputy County Attorney in the Major Crimes Division of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. As felony prosecutor, he developed the strategies for success now implemented in his law practice. Stewart Law Group has a BBB A+ rating.
Stewart's BA from NAU is in Speech Communication (1996). He earned his JD at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law (2001), also completing the law school's signature litigation and ADR certificate program.
Certified as a mediator through the Center for Conflict Resolution, as a law student he mediated high-conflict landlord-tenant disputes in Chicago’s Cook County Circuit Court. He was also a student-member of the law school’s criminal defense clinic and assisted in proving a death-row inmate’s innocence. The clinical professor and participating law students were profiled on the nationally syndicated Extra-AE TV-program and numerous local news stations.
A member of the State Bar of Arizona since 2001, Stewart's other professional affiliations include membership in the East Valley Bar Association, Maricopa County Bar Association, and ABA (Family Law Section).
Experienced in all aspects of mediation and ADR, Stewart is also a persuasive negotiator and forceful litigator for his clients. He has an AV Preeminent® attorney-rating from Martindale-Hubbell® (recipient of the AV Rated award, AV Preeminent Rated award, and AV Peer Review Rating awards). Consistently a ""Top Attorney"" with an Avvo 10-of-10 rating, he received multiple Registrar of Preeminent Attorneys awards and President’s Award by the State Bar of Arizona.
Stewart has authored numerous handbooks to help parents and spouses learn about Arizona divorce, child custody, father's rights, military divorce, and more. He also takes time to mentor other attorneys, teaching business techniques and how to strike a balance between work and home-life, especially when raising a family.
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Getting a Divorce in Phoenix
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 Phoenix, 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 Phoenix
Phoenix 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 Phoenix 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 Phoenix 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 Scott David Stewart to handle your matter.
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