Chandler Divorce Lawyer

Amy Dohrendorf

Chandler Divorce Attorney

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Chandler Divorce Local Legal Authority.

Amy Dohrendorf

Chandler Divorce Attorney

Chandler Divorce Lawyer

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Chandler Divorce Local Legal Authority.

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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About Chandler Divorce Law

When most consumers think about attorneys, their mind automatically jumps to personal injury, criminal and divorce attorneys. For most people, these are the lawyers they may need to seek out at some point in their daily life. Currently, in the United States, 39% of all marriages end in divorce. With the end of a marriage, comes the time to employ the use of a divorce attorney to navigate through the division of property, the determination of parenting time and the legal obstacles to permanently dissolve a marriage.

The practice of divorce law is a specialty of the family law sector. While family law can deal with many other areas that touch a “family” including elder law and adoption, the niche of divorce law centers around the dissolution of a marriage and the legal complexities that can arise prior to and after the dissolution of a marriage.

Pre-Marriage Consultation

Most people assume you would only engage a Chandler divorce attorney when a marriage is about to end. In fact, most divorce practitioners would advice couples to engage their services before the vows. Couples that enter into prenuptial agreements with the advice of a divorce attorney prior to signing their marriage certificate are able to better exit the marriage if life leads to that scenario.

Divorce attorneys, at this stage, are able to sit down with the couple and discuss how they would like to handle finances throughout their marriage and how they would want to divide those assets if their marriage were to end. Similarly, the couple would be able to consider how they’d like to handle the division of parenting time between any current or future children.

Taking the time with the help of an attorney prior to getting married, will allow a married couple to make sound decisions while in a positive mental place.

The Divorce Process

The process of divorce is quite complex and can follow various different routes depending on the desires and needs of the separating spouses and their families. Below are some of the more common trends in divorce as well as some of the considerations you may need to research when looking to employ the services of a Chandler divorce attorney.

Collaborative Divorce & Mediation

In recent years, to avoid the costly impact of divorce, many couples are turning to mediations and/or new processes like collaborative divorce where they are able to avoid family court and instead reach an agreement on the division of their assets and parenting time with their children. Many divorce lawyers and family court judges are advocates of collaborative divorce and mediation processes for such a big decision that will impact the lives of the individuals as well as their families for years to come.

In addition to be more cost-effective and typically resulting in a more equitable outcome, the clients will avoid the longevity of a case before a judge and the potential appeals and/or minimize modifications.

Child Custody or Parenting Time

Child custody is an outdated term. Now, most will refer to this as “parenting time.” Previously, when divorces were awarded physical custody was almost exclusively awarded to the mother with visitation assigned to the father (the every other weekend and/or Wednesdays were common schedules). Currently, the standard is to apply 50% parenting time to both parents unless a different scenario is better for the well-being of the child. For most judges and mediators, the child’s well-being is the main goal in assessing how the family should be severed.

Additionally, today’s family is no longer the standard “nuclear” family of years passed. As the meaning of family has evolved so divorce law has had to adapt to the new members and their important role in the child’s upbringing. Considerations are now given to grandparents and in some cases stepparents.

In addition to the division of time between divorcing spouses, the consideration of child support will also be discussed. If one parent will be taking the burden of physical custody, the other parent may be asked to provide financial support to that parent to ensure equal responsibility between the two.

Division of Assets

In addition to the discussion of parenting time, one of the largest obstacles to a divorce is the division of assets from the marriage. This can be quite an exhaustive list and the “categorization” of assets as an individual asset or community property is quite technical. The help of a divorce lawyer and sometimes an accountant or other financial professional will be necessary to assess all the financial and physical assets of the marriage such as real estate, retirement accounts, savings accounts, vehicles, personal items (valuable and sentimental), business interests, inheritances, and more.

Typically the more financially endowed a couple, the more complex this process will become.

Additionally, for those contentious divorces, the process of the division of assets can become challenging for the individuals. Divorce attorneys will sometimes recommend that the individuals speak to someone about their mental health during this process to make the division of property smoother.

Alimony or Spousal Maintenance

Previously this was referred to exclusively as alimony. Today, the term in fashion is spousal maintenance. Most states have specific guidelines when it comes to the amount and duration of spousal maintenance. In the past, when women were primarily homemakers, spousal maintenance was almost exclusively provided to the wife to ensure that her standard of living was not unduly affected by the separation. Now, with men and women more equally represented in the workplace as well as the passage of gay marriage in the United States, this trend has shifted.

It is still done, however, for the spouse with the higher income to compensate the spouse with the lesser income to some degree. In some cases, this is a spousal maintenance award. In other cases, the spouse with the lesser income is given preference in the division of physical or financial assets.

This is one area that is frequently addressed in modifications.

Modifications

Just as a couple could decide to negotiate a prenuptial agreement before entering into matrimony, an individual can submit a modification if the agreements of the divorce are no longer acceptable. There are several occasions that may require an individual to submit a modification, including a change in the custody arrangement, a relocation, a new marriage, etc.

In this case, a divorce attorney will again be engaged if the parties are unable to come to an agreement on their own, and a formal modification of the divorce degree will be requested.

A Glimpse into Marriage and Divorce in the United States

Currently, the divorce rate in the United States is actually dropping. Many hypothesize that the drop-off is not actually due to lowering divorce rates but the trend in younger generations – millennials and GenX – to marry later in adulthood. As they are delaying marriage until 30 (men) and 28 (women) – three years older than in 2003 – we can assume that the divorces will similarly be delayed.

Even in these scenarios where a couple chooses to cohabitate rather than marry, divorce attorneys can eventually be pulled into the scene should a couple decide to part ways after mixing finances and/or bringing children into the world.

Divorce is an intricate process with a lot of moving pieces. Individuals considering divorce are encouraged to seek the advice and representation of a Chandler divorce attorney to ensure that they can navigate the divorce process and emerge on the other side with an equitable agreement.

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What clients in Chandler are saying about
Amy Dohrendorf

Stewart Law Group
4.9
Based on 51 reviews
This was my second go around with Carrie, as my ex filed another modification of parenting time. Carrie was always on top of things, responded, hit all deadlines and rocked it in trial! My ex was accusing me of countless baseless accusations but she kept the eye on the ball and hit it outta the park! I even got attorney fees granted. Carrie, I am forever thankful for you!! ❤️
nancy mulchandani
nancy mulchandani
17:56 16 Apr 21
Amy Dohrendorf listened to my wishes and adjusted to meet my needs. I am grateful for her compassion, kindness and outstanding expertise. I highly recommend her services.
Pam Wagner
Pam Wagner
19:01 31 Mar 21
5 stars is not even enough for everything that Atty. Amy Dohrendorf and Stewart Law Group has done for my family and I. What seemed like impossible, Atty. Amy and her team have made it all possible. My daughter and I are living examples. Almost a year ago, I started my journey through a very difficult divorce and custody battle. Initially, and before Atty. Amy even came into the picture, it seemed as if my ex won sole legal decision making of my then 5 months old daughter. During these times, it felt as if the world crumbled on me. It was probably the lowest point in my life. Then we met Atty. Amy with Stewart Law Group.I will never forget what Atty. Amy said, "we may have lost the battle, but we will win this war." Fast forward to today, we indeed won. We won every aspect of this legal case. One of these is permanent relocation to my family here in Ohio for my daughter and I. It's worth noting that relocation is difficult to obtain. But guess what, for Atty. Amy and her team, it was not impossible. Yes, she will give you all the reality checks for your case but don't be dismay, she is working tirelessly in the background to achieve the impossible and turn it into reality. I don't know how she does it, but she truly is a heaven sent. Now being in Ohio, it will be hard to find anyone like Atty. Amy and Stewart Law Group. I just hope I would not need any legal service for the next 18 years. Even then, I would still continually seek Atty. Amy's trusted advice.Oh and also, my mom said whoever will be the next man in my life, Atty. Amy will have to approve!
Arzice Chua
Arzice Chua
14:45 21 Jan 21
Thank you Carrie for all the hard work you and your team did during this trying time. I will definitely recommend you to anyone who needs help in the area of Family services that was provided to me!!! Thank you Thank you!
Aaliyah Kawash Playz
Aaliyah Kawash Playz
13:05 14 Oct 20
Thank you to Stewart Law Group for taking our case. Our lawyer, Colin Bell, was compassionate, kind and the strength we needed when we felt vulnerable. Collin is knowledgeable and professional. He answered our questions in a timely manner. He truly did the best job ever with a happy outcome.
Siebrandt World
Siebrandt World
17:22 15 Jan 20
Amy Dohrendorf and her staff were wonderful to work with through every step of my divorce with children. Amy was straightforward, caring, knowledgeable and efficient. She and all of the staff I worked with turned a difficult and confusing time into one where I felt fully supported in the laws and procedures of the divorce and custody agreements, as well as secure in knowing I was being represented by the absolute best in their field. Thank you Amy and Stewart Law Group.
Stefanie Levine
Stefanie Levine
21:03 03 Dec 19
Amy Dohrendorf from the Stewart Law Group represented me during a difficult divorce. She took the time to listen and understood my priorities. She gave me honest and reliable advice yet respected my wishes. I'm thankful that I had an attorney I could trust through this process.
Elizabeth C
Elizabeth C
23:36 23 Nov 19

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