Stephen M Vincent

Stephen M Vincent

Attorney at State 48 Law
  • Divorce, Family Law, Appeals & Appellate ...
  • Arizona
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Biography

Stephen Vincent is a founding member and attorney at State 48. Stephen has a passion for the law and teaching. He has combined those loves as the head of new client intake and head of legal education programs. He also is the firm’s main researcher and works on all appellate cases.

Stephen Vincent, Attorney, is a lifelong writer who uses this skill to explain clearly and memorably a client’s case to judges. A native of St. George, Utah, Stephen attended Arizona State University for law school where he interned for the Goldwater Institute and worked as a Justice Court mediator. After law school, Stephen worked for a year at the Washington County (Utah) Attorney’s Office. While there, he drafted county ordinances, assisted in homicide prosecutions, and headed up a major project to protect the county’s access to federal lands.

Before law school, Stephen worked as a sportswriter in Utah. He has also taught writing and communication courses at Southern Utah University and Dixie State University. Because of his background as a professional writer and writing instructor, Stephen is the ideal person to tell your story. Stephen loves sports and spending time with his 24 nieces and nephews.

Education
Arizona State University
J.D. (2013) | Law
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Honors: Four-time Pedrick Scholar (Dean's List) CALI Award in Arizona Media Law
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Southern Utah University
M.A. (2008) | Communication
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Brigham Young University
B.A. (2004) | Communications (Print Journalism). Minor: English
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Professional Experience
Client Intake Attorney and Appellate Attorney
State 48 Law
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Senior Attorney
Best Law Firm
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Special Deputy County Attorney
Washington County (Utah) Attorney's Office
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Arizona  # 030779
Member
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Arizona
State Bar of Arizona
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Fees
  • 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
    Appeals & Appellate
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Family Arbitration
Languages
  • English
Legal Answers
Q. If my ex husband is on the birth certificate and another man is claiming to be the father then is he able be added to bc
A: I agree with what Mr. Branum, but I add that a DNA test only provides a presumption of paternity in Arizona. If your ex-husband was married to you within 10 months of conception, then he too has a presumption of paternity. The Court must choose between the two of them who will be the legal father. Under the statute, they do so "weighing policy and logic." Additionally, recent case law has suggested Courts be cautious not to dissolve established bonds the child might have with one of the potential parents, even writing that the social relationship is much more important to a child than the biological relationship.
Q. My wife left a month ago and has had no contact without 3 year old son. She will now show up with police to take him.
A: You have a couple options: (1) you can file an emergency with the Court to get emergency custody of your son. A petition, either for divorce or legal separation, will need to be filed at the same time, and you will probably want to file a motion at the same time for wife to submit to drug testing, including a hair follicel, or (2) you can see what the police do. Police are a wildcard, and it may depend on what officer you get, but most likely, the police will tell her it's a civil matter and to take it up to the Court. But like I said, police are a wild card, and they act sometimes even when they shouldn't, and they do tend to side with mothers.
Q. Can the courts levy bank account without any notice or warning? Because that’s what they did. $10,000
A: I am sorry to hear of the death of your child and that you had $10,000 seized out of your account without warning. Unfortunately, the debt is still owed, even if the child died, and it's 100% legal for the state to seize anything they can of yours to satisfy the debt.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
State 48 Law
Blog
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Contact & Map
State 48 Law
14500 N Northsight Blvd
Suite 313
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Telephone: (602) 649-1325
Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 12 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)