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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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Biography

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
    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
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
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.
- Current
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
- Current
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Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Member
- Current
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Maricopa County Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Arizona State Bar  # 014601
Member
- Current
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W.B. Putman American Inn of Court
Member
- Current
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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
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
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
Litigants without Lawyers, Phoenix, Arizona
Family Lawyers Assistance Program
Websites & Blogs
Website
Blog
Getting Divorced in Phoenix Arizona
Legal Answers
60 Questions Answered
Q. If your husband uses fraud as a reason for annulment will that link your name in docs legally to fraud?
A: Using the word fraud in a petition for annulment is very common, and is not necessarily accusing you of anything illegal. To obtain an annulment, he must allege and prove that there was some legal impediment to the marriage. By using the word fraud, he is alleging that there is something he found out after marriage that, had he known prior to marriage, he would not have married you. So, while I am not worried about the word fraud, it is nonetheless very important that you decide how annulment might affect you versus a standard divorce. Whether you proceed by divorce or annulment WILL impact the division of property and debt that was accumulated during the marriage. If the marriage is annulled, there is a different division than if the marriage is dissolved, since no "community property" is accumulated if the marriage is annulled. Also, a Decree of Annulment creates the fiction that you were never married, and thus eliminates the potential award of spousal maintenance. SO, it is of course wise to consider the financial impact of proceeding in one manner versus another. A qualified and experienced family law attorney can of course assist you in considering your options and then getting where you need to be. Most of us offer free, 1/2 hour consultations, in which your matter can be discussed in detail. That would be a great opportunity to discuss the specifics of your matter and develop a plan. I would encourage you to quickly schedule this free consultation.
Q. Is there a phone number I can call to speak to someone confidentially about my children we live in Arizona?
A: When you schedule a consultation with an attorney, information exchanged must remain confidential. A qualified and experienced family law attorney can of course assist you in considering your options and then getting where you need to be. Most of us offer free, 1/2 hour consultations, in which your matter can be discussed in detail. That would be a great opportunity to discuss the specifics of your matter and develop a plan. I would encourage you to quickly schedule this free consultation.
Q. Are the gains from a 401k account prior to marriage separate or community property?
A: So long as there were no contributions during the marriage, then every penny of your 401(k) will be considered your separate property. You owned it prior to the marriage, and you alone get to benefit from any increases. Perhaps you could convince her by asking her whether she would have been willing to contribute one half of any losses had it lost value during the marriage. A qualified and experienced family law attorney can of course assist you in considering your options and then getting where you need to be. Most of us offer free, 1/2 hour consultations, in which your matter can be discussed in detail. That would be a great opportunity to discuss the specifics of your matter and develop a plan. I would encourage you to quickly schedule this free consultation.
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Contact & Map
R.J. Peters & Assoc., P.C.
1422 N 2nd St Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Toll-Free: (855) 720-7575
Telephone: (602) 256-7575