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About Carrie Cravatta
Carrie Cravatta joined Stewart Law Group as an associate attorney in 2015 and is a guiding light for her divorce and family law clients.
Raised in rural Illinois, Cravatta earned her BA in Business Administration with a specialization in management from North Central College in Naperville. At North Central, she was on the Dean’s List and the student council. Cravatta interned as a sophomore with Allied International in Singapore, then worked summers at Allied until her early graduation in 2000.
Cravatta obtained her JD from UIC John Marshall Law School (2004). First admitted to practice law in the Prairie State (State Bar of Illinois, 2004-present), after relocating to Phoenix she was admitted in the Grand Canyon State (State Bar of Arizona, 2009-present).
Having found her practice niche in divorce and family law, and limited juvenile law, Cravatta is Avvo rated 10-of-10. Nearing her second decade as an attorney, she has received numerous awards and recognitions along the way.
"Super Lawyer" (2021) Cravatta was recognized early as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers (2016-2018). She was named “Top 10” Attorney by National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (2016-2020), “10 Best” Attorneys by American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (2017-2020), awarded "Top 50" Pro Bono Attorney by Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education (2017), and recognized for "Outstanding Contributions to FLAP" by Volunteer Lawyers Program of Arizona (2015).
She has presented seminars on a number of topics, such as “Advanced Child and Spousal Support Issues” (BNI 2015) and “Grandparent Visitation” (Kinship Support Group 2015-2016). And has participated in ASU's Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Practice Area Career Fair.
Her other professional affiliations include membership in the East Valley Bar Association, Maricopa County Bar Association, Juvenile Law Section and Family Law Section (State Bar of Arizona), and ABA.
Given her Chicago ties, it's no surprise Cravatta is a Cubs and Bears fan. This mother of three also enjoys playing golf and vacationing in Cabo San Lucas with her family.
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Getting a Divorce in Tempe
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 Tempe, 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 Tempe
Tempe 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 Tempe 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 Tempe 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 Carrie Cravatta to handle your matter.
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