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   The Law Office of Raymond A. Kenney, PLLC, is dedicated to providing  quality legal representation to Arizona clients facing any family law issue. Mr. Kenney’s primary objective is to make sure every client knows that he is available to address their questions and concerns. Ray will fight aggressively to protect your rights and the rights of your child under the Arizona Divorce Law.

    Arizona Family Law Attorney, Mr. Kenney makes sure that our clients understand the process, the law and the likelihood of achieving their objectives. We talk with our clients in a straight-forward, honest manner. We make sure that our clients understand the information and recommendations we provide so they can actively participate in their family law matter.
   Practicing family law in West Valley areas of Phoenix, Arizona, demands compassion and a willingness to listen to people. When you schedule a consultation with our family law attorney, you can rest assured that he will answer your questions to the best of his ability and will provide you with recommendations on how to improve your chances of achieving your desired result and the likelihood of obtaining that result. Ray understands that your family law issues involve potentially life altering events which are accompanied by strong emotions – especially when children are involved. As your family law attorney, Mr. Kenney will not compromise when your child’s best interests are at stake in a custody, visitation, or a support hearing.
   At the Glendale, Arizona  Law Office of Raymond A. Kenney, PLLC You will be treated with empathy and consideration as you go through one of the most stressful periods in your life. By taking time to listen to clients, respond to questions, and prepare for contingencies, we provide our clients with the level of confidence they need to achieve peace of mind. As your divorce lawyer, Raymond A. Kenney makes sure you’re informed and that you understand what is necessary to successfully prepare your case.
   A skillful negotiator and litigator, Mr. Kenney will aggressively defend your rights in court, if necessary.
   Our Arizona Family Law and Divorce Practice will represent your interests in all areas of family law and divorce issues including but not limited to the following:
         Arizona Divorce proceedings
         Spousal Maintenance / Alimony including modifications and enforcement
         Community Property Issues
         Community Debt Issues
         Separate Property and Separate Debt Issues
         Arizona Legal separation proceedings
         Annulments
         Child Custody (including modification and enforcement)
         Relocation / Moving with children out of the State
         Paternity actions
         Child support including modifications and enforcement)
         Termination of Parental Rights
         Parenting Time / Visitation including modification and enforcement
         Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act - UCCJEA
         Uniform Interstate Family Support Act - UIFSA
         Orders of Protection and Restraining Orders
         Grandparent rights (grandparent custody and visitation)
         In loco parentis (custody by a non-parent)
         Guardianship
         Premarital and Postmarital Agreements
         Divorce Mediation
         Restraining Orders/Orders of Protection

   To see how the Law Office of Raymond A. Kenney, PLLC can help you with all of your family law issues, contact us today.
   There are many facets of family law that are handled empathetically, professionally and cost efficiently at our law firm. A few of the main areas of family law handled by the Law Office of Raymond A. Kenney, PLLC are as follows:

Arizona Divorce Law: Arizona is known as a "no-fault" divorce state which means that in making its determination, the Arizona family court does not assess blame to either party for ending the marriage. This also means that you do not need to prove the traditional grounds for a divorce. If either party desires a divorce and can truthfully allege that the marriage is irretrievably broken with no reasonable prospect of reconciliation, the Arizona court will enter a divorce decree. We help clients who are considering filing for divorce and those who have been served with a Petition for Dissolution (divorce) by a spouse. Not only do we handle divorces but we also handle annulments, legal separations and marital settlement agreements. Mr. Kenney has experience handling divorce cases ranging from contentious divorce proceedings in the courtroom to more amicable situations which, with the assistance of counsel can basically be resolved between the parties.

Arizona Legal Separations: Although infrequently used, an alternative to divorce is a legal separation. Some clients’ religious beliefs preclude them from seeking a divorce. Other clients are concerned about limiting their exposure for the financial actions of the other party, but they are unsure that a divorce is really desired. In a legal separation a court action must be filed by one of the parties and all of the issues normally dealt with in a divorce action must be addressed in a legal separation action. The basic difference is that at the end of the legal separation process, the parties become legally separated, not divorced. 

Arizona Annulments: Arizona courts permit a marriage to be annulled if certain requirements are met. An annulment is different than a divorce because an annulment has the legal effect of voiding the marriage. After an annulment is granted, in the eyes of the law, it is as if the marriage had never occurred.

Arizona Spousal Support/Maintenance: is another term for alimony. Depending on the facts, either spouse may be required to pay spousal support. The parties may agree in writing as to maintenance and if the court approves, it may be made part of the decree. In the absence of an agreement, the court has authority to award maintenance in an appropriate case in such amounts and for such periods of time as it deems just, without regard to marital misconduct.
Generally maintenance may be awarded to a spouse if the spouse:
      • Is unable to support himself or herself through appropriate employment or is the custodian of a child whose age or condition is such that the custodian should not be required to seek employment outside the home or lacks earning ability in the labor market adequate to support himself or herself;
      • Had a marriage of long duration and is of an age which may preclude the possibility of gaining employment adequate to support himself or herself ;
      • Lacks sufficient property, including property apportioned to such spouse, to provide for his or her reasonable needs;
      • Contributed to the educational opportunities of the other spouse.
   A spouse does not have to be totally incapable of any self-support to receive maintenance. Although no required amount or duration of spousal maintenance is provided for in Arizona law, Maricopa County courts have adopted a set of discretionary guidelines to assist both the parties and the Court in determining appropriate spousal maintenance amount and duration.
   Of course, when a divorcing couple has children in common, the issues involved in the representation necessarily expand to include:
      • Custody
      • Parenting time (visitation)
      • Child support
    At the outset of your custody matter, Mr. Kenney will explain the legal difference between legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is a parent’s right to participate in making major decisions regarding the child’s physical and emotional well-being. Physical custody is the actual amount of physical time the child spends with each parent. Ray will help you determine what custody arrangement would be in the best interest of both you and your child and he will explain the factors the court will consider when deciding these issues. Mr. Kenney will provide clear guidance as to what steps must be taken to achieve the result you want.

Arizona Child Custody Attorney:
   Legal custody of a child is the right and obligation to make decisions about a child's upbringing. Decisions regarding schooling, medical care and the child’s religious education, for example, are made by a parent with legal custody. In Arizona, an award of joint legal custody is presumed, which means that the decision making is shared. When a parent is awarded physical custody this means that the custodial parent has the right to have the child live with that parent on a full time basis. In Arizona, it is possible for the parents to share joint physical custody, i.e., where the child spends approximately half the time in each parent's home.

Arizona Sole Custody:
   Sole custody means that only the custodial parent has physical custody and legal custody of a child, and that the non-custodial parent has visitation (access) rights. In Arizona, the courts and the legislature have moved away from awarding sole custody to one parent. This normally results in having physical custody for one parent with joint legal custody shared by both - plus an appropriate visitation schedule.

Arizona Joint Custody:
   Parents who do not live together have joint custody (shared custody) when they agree, or when a court orders them to share the decision-making responsibilities for their children. Joint custody can exist if the parents are divorced, separated, no longer cohabiting or even if they never lived together. Joint custody may be joint legal custody, joint physical custody (where the children spend a significant portion of time with each parent) or both. Usually, when parents share joint custody, they work out joint physical custody according to their schedules and housing arrangements. In a situation where the parties cannot agree, the court will impose an arrangement.
   Included in the determination of your child custody matter, other issues which may need to be addressed are devising parenting plans, relocation issues, long-distance parenting plans, enforcing orders relating to parenting time, increasing or limiting parenting time, handling post-decree modifications and filing contempt actions.

Arizona Child Support Lawyer:
   Child Support can often be agreed to by the parents of the child and is formalized in an agreement. Generally parents come to agreement based upon the Arizona child support guidelines. The guidelines provide detailed instructions on calculating child support. Child support is calculated based upon, the time each parent spends with the child, each parent's income and certain other expenditures made on the child's behalf.
   When child support is not paid as ordered, the court has the authority to hold the nonpaying parent in contempt for nonpayment.
   The Law Office of Raymond A. Kenney, PLLC can help you establish, modify, enforce or terminate child support orders. If you have children and have been involved in a divorce or child custody case, and need a child support attorney, contact us today.

   At the Law Office of Raymond A. Kenney, PLLC, we understand that going through a divorce is a stressful, emotional time and one that requires an understanding, knowledgeable attorney to help you through this period in your life. Mr. Kenney wants to make sure that you know that you do not have to go through this process alone. Before you make any agreements or sign any documents, make sure that you know what your rights are and that those rights are fully protected.

   Regardless of where you are in the divorce process, The Law Office of Raymond A. Kenney, PLLC can help you by explaining the process, addressing your concerns and advising you how to proceed. If you would like to learn more about our divorce law practice, please contact the Law Office of Raymond A. Kenney, PLLC.

Mr. Kenney routinely serves clients from the following locations; Anthem, Apache Junction, Avondale, Casa Grande, Chandler, El Mirage, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Maricopa County, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sun City, Surprise, Tempe, and Tolleson Arizona

 
 

The Law Office of Raymond A. Kenney, PLLC, represents clients throughout Arizona, including Phoenix,Glendale,Sun City West, Sun City, Surprise, Peoria, Tolleson, Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Luke Air Force Base, Scottsdale, North Scottsdale, Pinnacle Peak, Anthem, Carefree, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Tempe, Waddell, El Mirage, Maricopa County, Mesa, Prescott, Flagstaff, Sedona, and Casa Grande, Arizona. When you need experienced legal representation to help resolve your legal issues whether it be bankruptcy filing, chapter 7, chapter 13, estate planning attorney, wills, trusts, probate, divorce, family law, business law, lawyer, contract review, contract drafting, this law office can help. Contact The Law Office of Raymond A. Kenney, PLLC. Free phone consultation call today to speak to our attorney 623-234-3536

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