Based in Phoenix, Arizona, the Law Office of Lincoln Green Jr. P.C. represents clients throughout Maricopa County, including in Scottsdale and Mesa, in a wide range of family law matters. Contact Phoenix Family Law Attorney today to find out how supportive legal representation can ease the stress of your divorce or other sensitive legal issue. We handle:
- Child custody and visitation / Parenting time
- Child and spousal support / Alimony and maintenance
- Division of marital property / Distribution of marital assets and debts
- Adoptions (including step-parent adoptions)
- Termination of parental rights
- Post-divorce modification / Post-judgment modification
- Domestic violence
- Order of protection / Domestic violence restraining order
- Injunction against harassment / Restraining order
- Relocation of minors
- Juvenile matters
- Grandparents' rights
- Temporary orders
Firm principal Lincoln Green Jr. provides supportive guidance throughout the entire divorce process, ensuring that his clients' interests are protected every step of the way. Mr. Green believes that important legal decisions should be made with confidence, and he seeks to empower his clients by thoroughly explaining their rights and options.
Arizona law distinguishes between marriage and "covenant marriage." An irretrievable breakdown of the marriage is satisfactory grounds to dissolve a non-covenant marriage; but if you have entered into a covenant marriage, grounds for dissolution are limited to:
- Commission of a felony and resulting imprisonment
- Abandonment for at least one year
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Living apart for at least two years
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Mutual agreement to end the marriage
For additional information about divorce in Arizona, please visit our family law FAQs page.
Child Custody and Visitation / Parenting Time
In Arizona, parents (or the court) may decide that sole or joint custody is in the best interests of the child. If a court is determining custody, it will consider many factors, including, but not limited to:
- The wishes of the child
- The interaction of the child with the parent and other family members
- The child's adjustment to home, school, and community
- Which parent has provided primary care for the child
- The mental and physical health of the child and parents
For more information about parenting issues during and after divorce or separation, please see our child custody, parenting time, and support and our family law FAQs pages.
Child and Spousal Support / Alimony and Maintenance
Either or both parents may be required to pay child support. Child support continues until the age of majority, unless the child is mentally or physically disabled and cannot support him or herself. Support amounts may be modified upon showing a substantial change in circumstances. For more information regarding specific factors that determine child support amounts, please see our child custody, parenting time, and support page or our family law FAQs page.
A court may grant spousal support (sometimes referred to as alimony or maintenance) to be paid to either spouse. The factors that determine maintenance include, but are not limited to:
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The duration of the marriage
- The age and earning ability of the spouse seeking support
- The comparative financial resources of both spouses
Please visit our family law FAQs page for additional information regarding spousal support.
Division of Marital Property / Distribution of Marital Assets and Debts
Arizona is a community property state, meaning that most property and debt acquired during marriage is divided equally upon divorce. However, a court may determine that an even split of property and debt is not actually fair to both spouses. In such cases, other factors, including each spouse's relative earning power and the duration of the marriage, may come into play in order to reach the most equitable result possible.
Please see our family law FAQs page for more information regarding the division of marital property.
Adoptions (including Stepparent Adoptions)
If you are considering adoption, you need an experienced, supportive attorney to guide you through the process. We have assisted clients with a variety of adoption matters, including open and closed adoptions, agency adoptions, and family adoptions, which involve stepparents, grandparents, or other relatives.
Termination of Parental Rights
Mr. Green has extensive experience handling juvenile matters, including severance actions for parents deemed "unfit." Any person or state agency that has a legitimate interest in a child's welfare may file a petition for the termination of parental rights based on a number of grounds, including, but not limited to:
- Neglect or willful abuse
- Mental illness, drug or alcohol abuse, or incarceration
- Sexual abuse
Failure to maintain contact with a child and/or failure to provide support are not grounds for termination of parental rights.
Alongside our family law practice, we also represent clients in criminal defense cases, involving:
- Drug crimes
- DUI/DWI and other vehicular crimes
- Assault, weapons charges, and violent crimes
- Theft and property crimes
- Juvenile crimes
Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, if you are facing the consequences of an arrest, you need an attorney who will protect your rights and assert an aggressive defense on your behalf. Contact us today for dedicated, experienced representation.