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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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Summary

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.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Domestic Violence
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Arizona
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Languages
  • English
  • English: Spoken, Written
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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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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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
Member
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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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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
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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
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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
Websites & Blogs
Website
Blog
Getting Divorced in Phoenix Arizona
Legal Answers
36 Questions Answered

Q. I have a child custody order for supervised visits from Louisiana,how do I get the state of Arizona to recognize the it
A: We would need to "domesticate it", which means filing a certified copy along with required documents. It is a very simple process. More importantly, are you hoping to enforce it here? Modify it here? If so, we would need to discuss jurisdiction issues as well as modification issues and enforcement issues. Please come in soon. We can certainly help you consider and then pursue your options. This is obviously a very important matter, and you should not go in alone. One of our attorneys can explain the issues and procedures better in person. As you can imagine, there is too much to cover via email. We offer free ½ hour consultations, in which we can discuss your matter in detail. Please call or email to schedule your free ½ hour consultation.
Q. how is child support calculated for 2 different mothers will one get more or equal amounts
A: Child Support in Arizona is based upon a formula. That formula would be applied separately to both Mothers, and thus may have different results. The factors considered include (1) the parents' respective incomes; (2) whether either parent has additional children or support obligations; (3) how much is daycare and who pays; (4) how much is health insurance and who pays; (5) does any child have special needs; and (6) how much time does the non custodial parent spend with the children. You can run some scenarios on the Arizona Supreme Court website. There is a free Child Support Calculator there. If you use correct figures, it can tell you exactly what a Judge will order for child support. 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. Please come in soon. We can certainly help you consider and then pursue your options for insuring your child support orders are accurate. One of our attorneys can explain the issues and procedures better in person. We offer free ½ hour consultations, in which we can discuss your matter in detail. Please call or email my paralegal Jerica to schedule your free ½ hour consultation.
Q. My child's father and I have never been to court or have any orders on custody or visitation. Can I move to CA?
A: The easy answer is yes, you can. However, it would be a good idea to have an experienced Family Law attorney review your situation BEFORE you move. There is much to think about in deciding whether to move before or without filing any proceedings, or filing before you move. There can be significant repercussions if a Judge is later convinced that your actions were unreasonable. BUT, I would need to know so much more to give you more specific advice. Please come in soon. We can certainly help you consider and then pursue your options. This is obviously a very important matter, and you should not go in alone. One of our attorneys can explain the issues and procedures better in person. As you can imagine, there is too much to cover via email. We offer free ½ hour consultations, in which we can discuss your matter in detail. Please call or email my assistant Maddy to schedule your free ½ hour consultation.
Q. If I leave my baby's mother and move out, will I be able to see my child?
A: If we were helping, we would be approaching Mom right away to demand access. We would also be filing right away. She does not have the right to unreasonably restrict your access, and if she does so, she herself could suffer repercussions. Do not allow yourself to miss irreplaceable milestones and memories. With your initial "Complaint in Paternity", 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.” Please come in soon. We can certainly help you consider and then pursue your options. This is obviously a very important matter, and you should not go in alone. One of our attorneys can explain the issues and procedures better in person. As you can imagine, there is too much to cover via email. We offer free ½ hour consultations, in which we can discuss your matter in detail. Please call to schedule your free ½ hour consultation.
Q. If I’m married to a women and I have a two year old son that is not biologically her to I file divorce without a miner?
A: Yes. But was the child born during the marriage? Please come in soon. We can certainly help you consider and then pursue your options. One of our attorneys can explain the issues and procedures better in person. As you can imagine, there is too much to cover via email. We offer free ½ hour consultations, in which we can discuss your matter in detail. Please call to schedule your free ½ hour consultation.
Q. How do I obtain custody of my grandchildren! How does my don get full custody of his children?
A: There is so much to answer here, I cannot do so by email. We should meet. As a Grandparent, you have the right to (1) seek Grandparent's Visitation", or (2) seek a Voluntary Guardianship, or (3) seek a Permanent Guardianship; or (4) seek a Termination of both parent's rights. As a Father, I would need to know more about his situation in Order to assess what can be filed. Are there any Court Orders already in place between him and Mother? Please come in soon. We can certainly help you both consider and then pursue your options. This is obviously a very important matter, and you should not go in alone. One of our attorneys can explain the issues and procedures better in person. As you can imagine, there is too much to cover via email. We offer free ½ hour consultations, in which we can discuss your matter in detail. Please call to schedule your free ½ hour consultation.
Q. How does a father get on a birth certificate if mom is dead in arizona
A: We can still file a "Complaint in Paternity", alleging that he is the Father. Then, we would serve the representative of Mother's estate. If there is no such person, we would ask the Court for "alternative service" under a number of different theories. Ultimately, at the conclusion of the matter, Our Judge would ORDER the Department of Vital Statistics to add Father's name to the birth certificate. Please come in soon. We can certainly help him consider and then pursue his options to establish his legal paternity. This is obviously a very important matter, and he should not go in alone. One of our attorneys can explain the issues and procedures better in person. As you can imagine, there is too much to cover via email. We offer free ½ hour consultations, in which we can discuss your matter in detail. Please call or email my assistant Maddy to schedule your free ½ hour consultation.
Q. I need 2 power of attorney, how much will it cost me?
A: My office charges 1/2 hour of time, so $125-$150 per POA depending upon which attorney you hire. Please call or email if you are interested. /s/Rich J. Peters Attorney at Law 1422 N. 2nd Street Suite 100 Phoenix, Arizona 85004 (602)254-7251 Fax (602)254-1229 www.familylawaz.com
Q. My son will be 18 October 12 of this year, can the courts make my son see him after he turns18 ?
A: in Arizona, NO. The Court loses jurisdiction over the child once the child turns 18. HOWEVER, the Court still has jurisdiction to force Dad to pay child support. Is he current? If not, there are steps you could/should take soon after the child turns 18. Please come in soon. We can certainly help you consider and then pursue your options. One of our attorneys can explain the issues and procedures better in person. As you can imagine, there is too much to cover via email. We offer free ½ hour consultations, in which we can discuss your matter in detail. Please call or email my assistant Maddy to schedule your free ½ hour consultation.
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R.J. Peters & Assoc., P.C.
1422 N 2nd St Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85004
USA
Toll-Free: (855) 720-7575
Telephone: (602) 256-7575