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About Fred Ruotolo
Attorney Fred Ruotolo is an Arizona Certified Family Law Specialist and has served as Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court in Maricopa County.
An associate attorney with Stewart Law Group, Ruotolo practices domestic relations exclusively, including military divorce. For him, it's the ability to bring peace to people and resolution to family problems that is most rewarding. He believes in helping the lesser advantaged, victim, or dependent spouse obtain security and justice.
A former Arizona Army National Guardsman, Ruotolo attended the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Fort Sill, OK and earned his Parachutist Badge (Airborne Wings) at Fort Benning, GA. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant U.S. Army Reserve. After earning a BS in Business Administration from ASU (1988), he obtained his JD from University of Tulsa College of Law (1992).
Ruotolo presented CLE on "Arizona Family Law," "Negotiating the Best Possible Settlement for the Divorce Client," and "Advance Family Law – Violence in the Home." He was a presenter at the 2004 Phoenix Women’s Expo and guest lecturer at Phoenix School of Law in 2013 (now Arizona Summit Law School). As legal commentator, he appeared on KPNX-NBC Channel 12, KTVK Channel 3, KNXV-ABC Channel 15, KTAT News Radio, and The Peak 98.7 FM Radio.
Ruotolo is a "Top Attorney" rated 10.0 by Avvo. Recognitions include "Who's Who in Law" (The Business Journal), "Super Lawyer" (Super Lawyers®), "10 Best" (American Institute of Family Law Attorneys), "Top 100 Lawyers" (American Society of Legal Advocates), and Family Law "Top 10 Award" (Attorney & Practice Magazine).
Fred Ruotolo is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Association, Scottsdale Bar Association, and Reserve Officers Association.
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Getting a Divorce in Scottsdale
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 Scottsdale, 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 Scottsdale
Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale 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 Fred Ruotolo to handle your matter.
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