The parties were married approximately seven years and had one child together. When their relationship deteriorated, the Mother retained our firm to protect her and her child through the imminent divorce proceedings.
During their marriage, Mother served mostly as a stay-at-home mom. When the parties separated, Father leveraged Mother’s financial dependence against her, so we sought temporary orders for spousal maintenance, attorney’s fees, and child support.
Temporary orders evidentiary hearings are usually very brief, so it can be challenging to present all of the relevant evidence and testimony in the time allotted. In addition to the financial issues, the parties also could not agree to a temporary parenting time arrangement, so we had to litigate that issue as well. Mother wanted the child to live with her primarily and visit Father on specified weekends. Father sought equal parenting time according to a 5-2-2-5 schedule.
After trial, Mother was designated as primary residence and awarded spousal maintenance and interim attorney’s fees. Father received parenting time every other weekend and child support was calculated pursuant to the Arizona child support guidelines.