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Rich J. Peters

Rich J. Peters

Divorce and Family Law Attorneys. We Take Sides. Yours.
  • Divorce, Family Law, Domestic Violence
  • Arizona
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Biography

The firm is located near downtown Phoenix. Although most of our clients come to us from Maricopa County, we are also pleased to provide legal services in the area of Divorce and Family Law throughout the state. Our goal is to provide quality legal representation to our clients and to make the unpleasant process of terminating a marriage more bearable. We strive to be caring, dedicated professionals whose idea of a successful resolution of divorce and family law matters is one which produces the best possible result for our client, at the lowest possible cost. We avoid costly and wasteful harassment tactics and aggressively resist those tactics if employed by opposing counsel. Our overriding concern is, as it should be, the best interest of our clients.

Education
University of Arkansas School of Law
J.D. (1992)
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Honors: Deans List
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Arizona State University
B.S. (1989) | Business Marketing
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Professional Experience
Attorney Owner
R.J. Peters & Assoc., P.C.
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Current owner and practicing attorney.
Judge Pro Tem
Maricopa County Superior Court
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Associate Attorney
Jon C. Dake and Assoc., P.C.
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Associate Attorney
Bellah and Harrian
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Associate Attorney
John T. Fields & Associates
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Attorney Owner
Law Office of Rich J. Peters
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Angel Player Loses Round in Child Support Case
Arizona Republic
Speaking Engagements
Pro Se Representation
Arizona Community Legal Assistance Volunteer Lawyers Program
Pro Se Representation
Arizona Community Legal Assistance Volunteer Lawyers Program
Pro Se Representation
Arizona Community Legal Assistance Volunteer Lawyers Program
Pro Se Representation
Arizona Community Legal Assistance Volunteer Lawyers Program
Pro Se Representation
Arizona Community Legal Assistance Volunteer Lawyers Program
Pro Se Representation
Arizona Community Legal Assistance Volunteer Lawyers Program
Pro Se Representation
Arizona Community Legal Assistance Volunteer Lawyers Program
Litigants without Lawyers, Phoenix, Arizona
Family Lawyers Assistance Program
Awards
Top 10 Attorneys
National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
Outstanding Contributions to the Family Lawyers Assistance Project
Arizona Community Legal Assistance Volunteer Lawyers Program
Lead Counsel for Family Law
Lead Counsel Review Board
For Love of Just Award
Arizona Community Legal Assistance Volunteer Lawyers Program
Certificate of Appreciation
Family Law Assistance Project--FLAP
Certificate of Appreciation
Family Law Assistance Project--FLAP
Advocate of the Year
Family Law Assistance Project--FLAP
Professional Associations
Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution
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Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Member
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Maricopa County Bar Association
Member
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Arizona State Bar  # 014601
Member
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W.B. Putman American Inn of Court
Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Arizona
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
    Divorce
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
Languages
  • English
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Is this acceptable when he has joint custody?
A: Certain items of your Orders are always modifiable under certain circumstances, including Legal Decision Making and Parentng Time. Timing is important when pursuing modification of any Orders, and delays can have detrimental effects. The manner of seeking change is through a Petition to Modify. You can modify Legal Decision Making upon a showing of "the failure of the other parent to comply with the provisions of the order", or other significant and continuing changes. The court may modify parenting time rights whenever modification would serve the best interest of the child, "but the court shall not restrict a parent's parenting time rights unless it finds that the parenting time would endanger seriously the child's physical, mental, moral or emotional health". There is no way to predict exactly what a Judge will do. Your goal would be to paint an overall picture of the life you provide for the child compared to Father's. If you do not believe the current schedule to be in the child's best interests, you will need to prepare to convince your judge of your concerns. You have also described a situation which may warrant a modification of child support. One of the criteria the Court used to calculate child support is how much parenting time Father spends with the child. If he literally has not had one overnight, that may warrant a significant adjustment. Please remember that Arizona does not allow retroactive child support modifications. So, if you believe you are entitled to a modification, you need to file soon. Every month you wait is a month you lose. A qualified and experienced family law attorney can of course assist you in considering your options and then getting where you need to be. Most of us offer free, ½ hour consultations, in which your matter can be discussed in detail. That would be a great opportunity to discuss the specifics of your matter and develop a plan.
Q. Have an IV-D Establishment of Support hearing coming up in July. Just wanted to know can I ask for parenting time then?
A: I am sorry to say that you will not be able to raise parenting time issues at the IV-D child support hearing. 1. File a Petition to Establish Legal Decision Making and Parenting Time. 2. Hire a process server to get Mother served, or mail via certified mail, or ask her to accept service. - File proof of service once she is properly served. 3. File an Application for Default if she does not file a Response 21 days after being served. With your initial Petition, we can also file a Petition for Temporary Orders. Such is the quickest manner of getting to see your Judge. OR, perhaps a strongly worded letter from an experienced attorney would convince her to act more reasonably. Per A.R.S. §13-1302, a person commits custodial interference if, knowing or having reason to know that the person has no legal right to do so, the person . . . . “Before the entry of a court order determining custodial rights, takes, entices or withholds any child from the other parent denying that parent access to any child.” If matters are NOT proceeding by agreement, then you need to move your case forward to a contested hearing or Trial, while first making sure that you have properly disclosed all documentation, witnesses and other evidence necessary to achieve the best result you are able to. A qualified and experienced family law attorney can of course assist you in considering your options and then getting where you need to be.
Q. How do i go about getting guardianship of my grandson age 14
A: Will his parent's consent? Or at least NOT object? If so, you can seek Voluntary Guardianship which is very simple and can be exepdited when necessary. You may ALSO have the right to seek temporary or permanent custody, if you can convince the Court that: * you stand “in loco parentis” to the child. * It would be significantly detrimental to the child to remain or be placed in the custody of either of the child's living legal parents who wish to retain or obtain custody. A qualified and experienced family law attorney can of course assist you in considering your options and then getting where you need to be.
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Website
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Getting Divorced in Phoenix Arizona
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R.J. Peters & Assoc., P.C.
1422 N 2nd St Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Toll-Free: (855) 720-7575
Telephone: (602) 256-7575