Phoenix Divorce Lawyer

Kareen O'Brien

Phoenix Divorce Attorney

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

Kareen O'Brien

Phoenix Divorce Attorney

Phoenix Divorce Lawyer

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

Kareen O'Brien

Kareen O'Brien is a divorce and family law attorney with Stewart Law Group of Phoenix. In 2004, she was admitted to practice in California and then Arizona in 2012.

From 2006 to 2012, O'Brien was Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County DA’s Office. As a major crimes prosecutor, her cases involved serious and violent felons in the commission of primarily domestic violence, sexual abuse, and assault offenses.

In 2012, O'Brien was Deputy County Attorney in the Sex Crimes Bureau of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in Phoenix. But in 2013, she returned to private practice and family law. Three years later, she joined Stewart Law Group.

Confident and compelling in the courtroom, O'Brien knows how to uncover truths in pursuing justice for her clients. As a former prosecutor, she is skilled at identifying false allegations and exposing ulterior motives. These talents are particularly useful in hidden asset divorces and in custody disputes where one parent falsely accuses the other of child abuse or attempts parental alienation.

Of her many accomplishments, O'Brien was named "10 Best Attorney" by the
American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (2019-2020) and "Top 10 Attorney" by Nat'l Academy Of Family Law Attorneys (2019).

O'Brien has a BA in Political Science from UC Irvine (1991) and JD from Southwestern Law School (2004). A 2002 finalist in the Southwestern Intramural Moot Court Competition, she was on the Semi-Finalist team in New York's Cardozo Moot Court Competition and took Second Place Brief.
Talented in debate, oral argument, and persuasive brief writing, O'Brien also authored “Antitrust Plaintiff’s Key to the Courthouse Door?” Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in The Americas, 2002/2003, 9 Sw. J.L. & Trade Am. 421.

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About Phoenix Divorce Law

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 an Phoenix divorce attorney, there are a number of specific items involved that can use an divorce 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 Phoenix Divorce Attorney

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. Phoenix divorce attorneys are educated and trained to deal with this type of work, while many of their clients are not.
  • 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 Phoenix divorce 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 in Phoenix can help.
  • You or your spouse will need maintenance support. The laws in Arizona may help you determine how much this support will be or how long it will last. Your Phoenix 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.

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What clients in Phoenix are saying about
Kareen O'Brien

Stewart Law Group
Based on 56 reviews
This is the first time I felt like I was not “Undergunned” Jennifer Mihalovich was very knowledgeable, and straight to the point not wasting my time or money. Jenny and her team were very responsive and I highly recommend Jenny and want to say Thank you all for the Help.
sam russler
sam russler
23:11 21 Sep 20
If you are ever in need of a lawyer that will be by yourself and check on how you're doing Christa is definitely the one you want. Christa guided me and made sure my children and mine own interest were always first.
Johnny Barba
Johnny Barba
22:17 31 Aug 20
We had the best experience with Christa Banfield. She was empathetic to our case and took the time to get to know us. She has experience and advises her clients that is in the best interest of a child. I highly recommend her services. What a pleasant experience and am so appreciative to have Christa on our side.
Brandi Byers
Brandi Byers
18:27 17 Aug 20
I highly recommend Stewart Law Group Colin Bell. He was helping my son under 18-year-old to get through a very emotional family legal matter. Colin Bell met me and my son with extreme professionalism and kindness. He was incredibly knowledgeable and empathetic in giving my son counsel as well as being clear and timely. My son and me were able to get in to see him promptly. It is very clear that he is a lawyer who loves what he does! He has integrity, incredibly intelligent, and he really cares about helping people, which is exactly why his such a great lawyer. He does all of this seemingly with such ease and I am so impressed by him expertise and compassion.Thanks Colin Bell!
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Jen “Jen Jonas” Jonas
04:35 07 Apr 20

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