Gilbert Divorce Lawyer

Jennifer Mihalovich

Gilbert Divorce Attorney

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

Jennifer Mihalovich

Gilbert Divorce Attorney

Gilbert Divorce Lawyer

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

About
Jennifer Mihalovich

Jennifer Mihalovich is a divorce and family law attorney in Arizona. In making the transition from government to private practice, she chose a law firm that reflected her beliefs with respect to professionalism, high ethical standards, and quality work – Stewart Law Group. As Associate Attorney, Mihalovich is reassuring, capable, and decisive, embracing every opportunity to make a difference in her clients' lives.

Early in her legal career, Mihalovich was a contract attorney with the Adult Probation Department of the Arizona Supreme Court. She soon joined the Arizona Attorney General's Office, spending the next 16 years as Assistant Attorney General in the child support section. Mihalovich's trial experience is substantial.

In addition to her challenging case load, she enjoyed training new attorneys to the AGO on family law matters of paternity, modification, and high-income earner calculations. She also created, implemented, and trained others on the AGO’s post-hearing processing form.

Mihalovich is particularly knowledgeable of the process of modifying existing child support orders in interstate cases. Her caseload often involved foreign orders requiring registration prior to modification. With the military presence in Arizona, service members stationed in other countries may have children there and custodial parents may have children living in other countries.

A 2008 recipient of the Arizona Family Support Council's "Attorney of the Year" award, her other recognitions include "10 Best" Attorney (American Institute of Family Law Attorneys), "Top 10" Attorneys (National Academy of Family Law Attorneys), "Top Attorney" rated 10.0 (Avvo), and Super Lawyer (Super Lawyers®).

Mihalovich received her BS in Behavioral Science & Law from University of Wisconsin-Madison and JD from Loyola University School of Law, Chicago. She is a member of the State Bar of Arizona Family Law Section and Maricopa County Bar Association.

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About Gilbert 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 Gilbert 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 Gilbert 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 Gilbert 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 Gilbert are saying about
Jennifer Mihalovich

Stewart Law Group
5.0
Based on 26 reviews
We needed an attorney for a child custody case. We found Jenny Mihalovich at the Stewart Law Group. Wow! She walked us through the process and what we needed to do. She is amazing. She took great care to listen to our needs and she did what needed to be done! Anytime we had a question she was there with the answer! Would highly recommend her to any dad fighting for custody rights!
Jim Brown
Jim Brown
15:06 18 May 21
Jennifer and Erica were super in handling my case. Navigating through a divorce can be very emotional; they kept me grounded and made sure I knew my rights under the law. Having their client's best interest in mind is something that they always brought to the table in a very professional manner. I would highly recommend Jennifer and Stewart Law Group for a Divorce Case.
David (caveboys213)
David (caveboys213)
02:50 18 May 21
I want to express my deepest gratitude to Stewart law group and Amy Dohrendorf as my attorney. From beginning to end Amy was efficient and got right to the point. I knew I was in great hands with Amy and I am now in a better place mentally and physically as she helped me every step of the way.She was bold, straight to the point and treated me like family. She knew exactly what I needed and when. I am truly grateful for everything Amy and Jackie have done for me over the last year. They are the best!!
alisa tague
alisa tague
04:03 24 Feb 21
Jennifer Mihalovich could not possibly have done a better job with my family case. We had not actually met in person due to COVID-19, but I still felt so close to her and so welcomed by her. Aside from her being friendly and personable, she CLEARLY is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys out there. Erica Iglesias-Diaz also made me feel attended to and taken care of while I was a client with Stewart Law Group. During a stressful time in life, Jenny and Erica made my life so much easier. 20 out of 10, would recommend in a hearbeat.
Kaci Warble
Kaci Warble
22:08 07 Dec 20
Jennifer Mihalovich was an amazing attorney who helped me to no end with my divorce. I'm so thankful for this attorney and the Stewart Law Group. Everyone that helped me was friendly and helpful.They always prepared me for every court case, it was great to be the one prepared. Highly recommend.
Carron Boyd
Carron Boyd
02:53 24 Sep 20
Jennifer Mihalovich is an amazing attorney to work with. Her crew was very responsive, timely and took charge of my situation. I was very happy with the results. I highly recommend her and would use her again if need be. Thanks Jennifer M and may God continue to Bless You.
Angela Chukwudolue
Angela Chukwudolue
04:22 07 Sep 20
Jennifer Mihalovich and Erica Iglesias-Diaz did an amazing job with our case. They were very professional, easy to work with and did a very thorough investigation. Our family could not have been in better hands than these two representatives of Stewart Law Group. We will be recommending them to anyone we come across who is in need of an excellent lawyer.Thank you!
Becky Soter
Becky Soter
17:29 28 Aug 20
Jennifer Mihalovich and the Stewart Law Group were amazing to work with! There was robust communication and they were "cost-conscious", which was refreshing.
Peter Brown
Peter Brown
23:45 25 Aug 20

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