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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About The Firm

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.

Practice Areas

Services We Offer

Dissolution of Marriage
Child Legal Decision-Making
Paternity Matters
Child Support Modifications
Child Support Enforcement
Grandparent's Rights
Legal Separations
Premarital Agreements
Protective Orders
Spousal Maintenance
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

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:

  1. A divorce completely dissolves a marital relationship and restores both parties to single status.
  2. It terminates the marital community and divides all assets and debts.
  3. The law in Arizona requires the spouse filing for divorce to be a resident of Arizona for a period of at least 90 (ninety) days prior to the filing of the petition for divorce.

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

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.

  1. The court shall determine legal decision-making, either originally or on petition for modification, in accordance with the best interest of the child. The court shall consider all relevant factors, including:
    1. The wishes of the child's parent or parents as to legal decision-making
    2. The wishes of the child as to the custodian
    3. The interaction and interrelationship of the child with the child's parent or parents, the child's siblings and any other person who may significantly affect the children's best interest.
    4. The child's adjustment to home, school and community.
    5. The mental and physical health of all individuals involved.
    6. Which parent is more likely to allow the child frequent and meaningful continuing contact with the other parent. This paragraph does not apply if the court determines that a parent is acting in good faith to protect the child from witnessing an act of domestic violence or being a victim of domestic violence or child abuse.
    7. Whether one parent, both parents and neither parent has provided primary care of the child.
    8. The nature and extent of coercion or duress used by a parent in obtaining an agreement regarding legal decision-making.
    9. Whether a parent has complied with Chapter 3, Article 5 of title.
    10. Whether either parent was convicted of an act of false reporting of child abuse or neglect under section 13-2907.02.
    11. Whether there has been violence or child abuse as defined in Section 25-403.03.
  1. In a contested legal decision-making case, the Court shall make specific findings on the record about all relevant factors and the reasons for which the decision is in the best interests of the child.

PATERNITY MATTERS

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:

  1. An adult may bring an action to establish the adult's biological parent.
  2. Any party to a proceeding under this article other than the state may request that legal decision-making and specific parenting time be determined as a part of the proceeding. When paternity is established the court may award legal decision-making and parenting time as provided in section 25-408. The attorney general or county attorney shall not seek or defend any ancillary matters such as legal decision-making or parenting time.
  3. In any case in which paternity is established the parent with whom the child has resided for the greater part of the last six months shall have legal decision-making unless otherwise ordered by the court.
  4. The services of the conciliation court may be used in regard to disputed matters of legal decision-making and parenting time.

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

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 ENFORCEMENT

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.

GRANDPARENT'S RIGHTS

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.

  1. The Superior Court may grant the grandparents of the child reasonable visitation rights to the child during the child's minority on a finding that the visitation rights would be in the best interests of the child and any of the following is true:
    1. The marriage of the parents of the child has been dissolved for at least three months.
    2. A parent of the child has been deceased or has been missing for at least three months.
    3. The child was born out of wedlock.

  1. The Superior Court may grant the great-grandparents of the child reasonable visitation rights on a finding that the great-grandparents would be entitled to such rights under subsection A if the great-grandparents were grandparents of the child.

LEGAL SEPARATIONS

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:

  1. Your religion prohibits you from seeking a divorce.
  2. You have been married less than ten years and wish to receive social security benefits.
  3. You need to remain married to receive health and medical benefits under your spouse's insurance plan.

You may petition the court at any time to convert a Petition For Legal Separation to a Petition For Dissolution.

PREMARITAL AGREEMENTS

The family courts in Arizona recognize premarital agreements. Below are the factors that control the drafting and implementation of premarital agreements:

  1. A premarital agreement must be in writing and signed by both parties. The agreement is enforceable without consideration.
  2. The agreement becomes effective on marriage of the parties.
  3. The agreement is not enforceable if the person against whom enforcement is sought proves either of the following:
    1. The person did not execute the agreement voluntarily.
    2. The agreement was unconscionable when it was executed and before execution of the agreement that person:
      1. Was not provided a fair and reasonable disclosure of the property or financial obligations of the other party.
      2. Did not voluntarily and expressly waive, in writing, any right to disclosure of the property or financial obligations of the other party beyond the disclosure provided.
  4. Did not have, or reasonably could not have had, an adequate knowledge of the property or financial obligations of the other party.
  5. If a provision of a premarital agreement modifies or eliminates spousal support and that modification or elimination causes one party to the agreement to be eligible for support under a program of public assistance at the time of separation or marital dissolution, a court, notwithstanding the terms of the agreement, may require the other party to provide support to the extent necessary to avoid that eligibility.
  6. An issue of unconscionability of a premarital agreement shall be decided by the court as a matter of law.
  7. If a marriage is determined to be void; an agreement that would otherwise have been a premarital agreement is enforceable only to the extent necessary to avoid an inequitable result.

PROTECTIVE ORDERS

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:

  1. A person in a current or previous romantic or sexual relationship.
  2. A spouse or former spouse of the defendant or a person that resides or resided in the same household.
  3. A parent of a child of the defendant.
  4. Pregnant by the defendant.
  5. Related to the defendant or the defendant's spouse by blood or court order as a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister or by marriage as a parent-in-law, grandparent-in-law, stepparent, step-grandparent, stepchild, step-grandchild, brother-in-law or sister-in-law.
  6. A child who resides or has resided in the same household as the defendant and is related by blood to a former spouse of the defendant or to a person who resides or who has resided in the same household as the defendant.

SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE

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;

  1. In a proceeding for dissolution of marriage or legal separation, or a proceeding for maintenance following dissolution of the marriage by a court that lacked personal jurisdiction over the absent spouse, the court may grant a maintenance order for either spouse for any of the following reasons if it finds that the spouse seeking maintenance:
    1. Lacks sufficient property, including property apportioned to the spouse, to provide for that spouse's reasonable needs.
    2. Is unable to be self-sufficient through appropriate employment or is the custodian of a child whose age or condition is such that the custodian should not be required to seek employment outside the home or lacks earning ability in the labor market adequate to be self-sufficient.
    3. Contributed to the educational opportunities of the other spouse.
    4. Had a marriage of long duration and is of an age that may preclude the possibility of gaining employment adequate to be self-sufficient.
  2. The maintenance order shall be in an amount and for a period of time as the Court deems just, without regard to marital misconduct, and after considering all relevant factors, including:
    1. The standard of living established during the marriage.
    2. The duration of marriage.
    3. The age, employment history, earning ability and physical and emotional condition of the spouse seeking maintenance.
    4. The ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet that spouse's needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking maintenance.
    5. The comparative financial resources of the spouses, including their comparative earning abilities in the labor market.
    6. The contribution of the spouse seeking maintenance to the earning ability of the other spouse.
    7. The extent to which the spouse seeking maintenance has reduced that spouse's income or career opportunities for the benefit of the other spouse.
    8. The ability of both parties after the dissolution to contribute to the future educational costs of their mutual children.
    9. The financial resources of the party seeking maintenance, including marital property apportioned to that spouse, and that spouse's ability to meet that spouse's own needs independently.
    10. The time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find appropriate employment and whether such education or training is readily available.
    11. Excessive or abnormal expenditures, destruction, concealment or fraudulent disposition of community, joint tenancy and other property held in common.
    12. The cost for the spouse who is seeking maintenance to obtain health insurance and the reduction in the cost of health insurance for the spouse from whom maintenance is sought if the spouse from whom maintenance is sought is able to convert family health insurance to employee health insurance after the marriage is dissolved.
    13. All actual damages and judgments from conduct that results in criminal conviction of either spouse in which the other spouse or child was the victim.
  3. If both parties agree, the maintenance order and a decree of dissolution of marriage or of legal separation may state that its maintenance terms shall not be modified.
  4. Except as provided in subsection C of this section or section 25-317, subsection G, the Court shall maintain continuing jurisdiction over the issue of maintenance for the period of time maintenance is awarded.

Testimonials

"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."

- Catherine

 

"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."

- Cheryl

 

"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."

- Greg

 

"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."

- Chad

 

"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!"

- Oliver

 

"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."

- Lynn

 

"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."

- Sara

 

"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."

- Amy

 

"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."

- Ronald

Contact Us

We are located east of Power Road with easy access from US-60 and the rest of the East Valley.


7227 East Baseline Road, Suite 114
Mesa, Arizona 85209-5006

Telephone:
(480)404-9752
 
Fax:
(480)632-2928