Professional, thorough, tenacious, understanding and competent are all words used to describe Stephen Przeslicke in his practice of family law. The Family Law Alliance is dedicated to serving their clients with the most professional representation possible along with obtaining the most favorable results the law and facts will allow.
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Stephen Przeslicke has been a family law attorney in the valley since 2002. Stephen started out at a mid size family law firm, moved into a partnership for some time and has evolved into having his own practice since 2008. Stephen has always emphasized the practice of family law and for the past three or four years has essentially only practiced family law.
Mr. Przeslicke attended Northeastern Illinois University graduating with a BA Degree in Sociology. After twenty years, Steve retired from the military in 1999. During his years in the Marine Corps and the Air Force, he obtained a Masters Degree in Management and Public Administration from Webster University. He then attended Arizona State University College of Law. Steve has concentrated his practice in family law, additionally practicing civil law in both state and federal court.
The Family Law Alliance prides itself on keeping their clients informed at all stages of their case. Effective, efficient and timely communication with clients is a must.
Arizona is a no fault divorce state, meaning you do not have to establish any specific reason for the divorce other than that the marital relationship is irretrievably broken. The only exception to this general rule pertains to covenant marriages.
If you are considering filing for dissolution of marriage there are several items to consider before filing:
There are, however, certain limitations regarding the court's authority to decide certain issues if the non-filing spouse does not reside in or have any significant connections to Arizona.
A divorce is started by filing a divorce petition, as well as numerous other documents which are required by statute to be filed with the initial divorce petition. The necessary documents are filed with the Clerk of the Court.
Each county court has unique local rules that must be followed when the petition is filed. You must, therefore, check all appropriate rules to ensure you are filing the correct paperwork in your county.
Mr. Przeslicke is experienced in and knowledgeable about the various procedural rules in Arizona.
Child Legal Decision-Making: The rights and relationships between the parents and the children after the divorce decree. The court can order sole legal decision-making or shared (joint) legal decision-making.
Sole Legal Decision-Making: When one parent has full legal responsibility for the child, although the other parent may have parent-child access rights otherwise known as visitation.
Shared Legal Decision-Making: Shared or joint legal decision-making is when both parents take the responsibility for making decisions and for raising the children. Generally each parent has parent-child access rights otherwise known as visitation.
The Court will use the criteria listed in ARS 25-403 to help determine which type of legal decision-making is in the children's best interest.
Proceedings to establish the maternity or paternity of a child or children and to compel support under this article may be commenced by any of the following:
If one of the parents is a minor themselves:
The parent or parents having legal decision-making or control of the putative mother or father may be joined as respondents in the action if the putative mother or father is a minor or was a minor at the time the action was commenced. The parents may be held jointly and severally liable with the minor until the minor reaches the age of majority.
Child Support Modifications can be requested at any time. Any order for child support may be modified or terminated on a showing of changed circumstance that is substantial and continuing, except as to any amount that may have accrued as an arrearage before the date of notice of the motion or order to show cause to modify or terminate.
The addition of health insurance coverage as defined in section 25-531 or a change in the availability of health insurance coverage may constitute a continuing and substantial change in circumstance. Modification and termination are effective on the first day of the month following notice of the petition for modification or termination unless the court, for good cause shown, orders the change to become effective at a different date but not earlier than the date of filing the petition for modification or termination.
The order of modification or termination may include an award of attorney fees and court costs to the prevailing party
Child support awards are enforceable through the family court. Depending on each specific facts of a situation, the person may need to involve the State Attorney General in pursuing the enforcement of the award. There are many actions that can be taken against an individual that does not comply with court ordered child support obligation which include but not limited to:
*Of note child support awards are not dischargeable in a bankruptcy.
Arizona provides limited rights to grandparents seeking visitation and legal decision-making of their grandchildren. Grandparents often play significant roles in the upbringing and care of their grandchildren.
Grandparents seeking visitation rights should petition the court as part of the divorce proceedings or paternity proceeding if either is held. Otherwise, the grandparents can petition the court separately for visitation.
The Court will utilize ARS 25-409 to determine if grandparents and great-grandparents should be entitled to parenting time.
Either party to a decree of legal separation may file a petition for dissolution of marriage in accordance with the requirements of Section 25-314. The petition shall be filed under the same case number as the legal separation but shall be considered and shall proceed as a new and separate action with service of process in accordance with Rule 40 of the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure. The court may enter a decree of dissolution of marriage in the new action in accordance with section 25-312 on terms that are just and without regard to section 25-327, subsection A, except that the provisions as to property disposition in the decree of legal separation or any property settlement agreement approved by the court may not be revoked or modified, unless the court finds the existence of conditions that justify the reopening of a judgment under the laws of this state.
A legal separation, however, does not dissolve the legal status of the marital relationship. Instead it terminates the marital community such as all assets and debts incurred by either party subsequent to the decree of legal separation remains the sole and separate property and debts of the spouse who acquired the property and/or debt.
The following are reasons why you may wish to file for legal separation rather than dissolution:
You may petition the court at any time to convert a Petition For Legal Separation to a Petition For Dissolution.
The family courts in Arizona recognize premarital agreements. Below are the factors that control the drafting and implementation of premarital agreements:
The purpose of an Order of Protection is to restrain another person from committing an act of domestic violence, as defined in Arizona Revised Statutes 13-3601A. To be granted an order, you must be one of the following:
Spousal maintenance is the money that is paid by one spouse to the other as part of the divorce decree. The payment is designed to be a safety net for a spouse who cannot provide for his or her needs or who meets other requirements under law. The idea behind spousal maintenance is that the accomplishments of the spouses during the marriage, including increases in earning potential and living standards, are shared and earned by BOTH spouses, not just the spouse who gets a paycheck or has a job. Spousal maintenance is paid separately from child support and is not a substitute for or a supplement to child support payments.
The court will consider the following factors listed in ARS 25-319 to determine eligibility for spousal maintenance;
"Steve has been my attorney for the past several years. Steve has always been professional, supportive and upfront about what to expect. He is prompt to reply to my phone calls and e-mails, and his legal assistant Desiree is also very helpful. Steve (as well as Desiree) knew what was going on with my case whenever I would call, Desiree knew me on a first-name basis, and Steve made me feel like I was one of his most important clients.
I would highly recommend Steve to anyone who is in need of a good domestic relations attorney."
"Steve Przeslicke defies what first comes to mind when you think of "attorney". I interviewed 3 attorney's prior to receiving a thankful referral to him.
Mr. Przeslicke is steadfast in his pursuit of justice for his client, but he doesn't seek to drag out the process for his own personal gain. He is mindful of my time and my pocketbook and has treated me with the utmost respect ~ A far departure from the previous attorneys that I interviewed, for a handsome fee at that, where they proceeded to act on the offense than the defense of me.
During My interview of Mr Przeslicke, I was immediately put at ease with his personable style and knew he could and would work on My behalf. I consider him a great asset and I will continue to refer him to my friends, family and clients."
"I retained Steve when my ex-wife petitioned the court in order to relocate to California with my three-year old son. At that time, I had a parenting plan that stipulated two days per week, plus every other weekend as parenting time. Not only would the relocation have changed the parenting time I was enjoying, but it would also have separated my son and I geographically by more than eight-hundred miles. Immediately upon retaining Steve, he temporarily prevented the relocation, prepared a very comprehensive defense, which included both family and expert witness testimony, and won the case.
I can make no higher recommendation for Steve and Desiree for the excellent care they gave me during this very difficult and very stressful period of my life. Because of them, I get to spend time with my son and raise him the way a father should."
"Choosing an attorney is difficult and can be stressful. There are a lot of attorneys to choose from and if you want one who will honestly represent you, listen to you, and protect your interests, Steve Przeslicke is your ring man. Steve has represented me for many years and has become more than an attorney to me, he has become my friend. Steve has justly and appropriately represented me in all if my precedings. He is primarily concerned about achieving my goals, but he also knows what is appropriate and realistic. Steve and his assistant work as a tireless and devoted team. Since I live out of state communication is very important to me and Steve has always made himself reasonably accessible considering the time difference. Additionally, and importantly, Steve and his assistant are very cognizant of the cost of representing a client and they diligently work to keep their cost reasonable. He has gained my trust and confidence because he has proven to have the foresight that is necessary to be an excellent attorney and representative of my interests and feelings. As you embark on the journey to find an attorney, do yourself a favor and talk with Steve, it will be worth your time, he will not let you down."
"From the very beginning of hiring Steve, I knew I made the correct choice. He has always been honest with me. He has always explained the process to me in detail. My divorce has involved several motions and court appearances in person and telephonically. Steve is great during court room appearances. You can tell he feels right at home. Steve, along with his assistant Desiree have been a joy to work with during the most difficult time in my life. He has never led me on with false expectations. Talk about being organized! I have been amazed at the amount of paperwork that has accumulated during the process of my divorce. I know I don't have the typical divorce case. I am so glad I found Steve and Desiree!"
"Stephen always followed up with me regarding issues I brought to his attention. He provided honest insight and advice to me regarding my case so that my expectations would be realistic. He was very supportive and caring throughout my case especially during court apperances."
"I highly recommend Stephen Przeslicke if you need an attorney for Family Law. I found Steve to be very knowledgable, hard working and passionate about his job. In court he was strong and aggressive when he needed to be and always professional. I felt secure knowing he was in my corner fighting for me. Steve has been representing me for the past 5 years. He and his staff has diligently written and filed myriad court documents on my behaf. Steve's paralegal is kind, considerate and professional. He always took the time to explain my options. When things became overwhelming he convinced me not to give up and encouraged me to continue because it was the right thing to do. I am glad I listened to him."
"I'm an extremely happy client of over 9 years. Stephen was recommended by a co-worker of my mother's when my son was 9 months old when I needed legal counsel for a child support matter. During our first meeting I knew from his demeanor he was well versed, experienced, passionate and compassionate.
He has represented my son and I since then through what developed into a high conflict custody situation that included CPS involvement due to abuse. He has and continues to be there, insuring my son's safety and his best interest.
He has represented us multiple times a year for the last 9 years in family and child support court. He also attended juvenile court hearings during CPS involvement to observe so that he would be prepared for the issues to return to family court.
Any phone call or email sent are always responded to or returned forthwith. Any concerns are immediately addressed. Motions and responses are written and filed with accuracy and efficiency. He always consults me with drafts prior to filling to ensure our voices and needs are heard and represented.
Stephen is an amazing attorney who is passionate about family law, his clients and their children. Due to his knowledge, experience and professional manner he obtains the desired and necessary results in the court room and outside of it for his clients.
In my situation, it is certain I will be a client for more years to come and I know that I have the best representation with Stephen as our attorney."
"For my case, my lawyer made sure that I was granted equal parenting and decision making. This was a milestone accomplishment because it allowed me to be involved in the decisions made on the behalf of my kids education. He also made sure that I did not have to pay an astronomical amount of child support based on the monies made over the past few years. I have been extremely pleased with the service I have received from Mr. Przeslicke. I plan to recommend him to anyone I know in need of support for the services he offers."