Leather Law Office

New Services Offered: Document Preparation and Limited Scope Appearance

Over the past few years our office has had numerous inquiries as to whether or not we offer document preparation services and whether we offer limited scope representation in family law matters.  The office has decided that it will immediately begin offering both of these services. Document preparation means that the attorney will not make a formal appearance in the case but will prepare whatever documents are needed to start or complete a dissolution of marriage proceeding, a paternity matter, a child support matter, a legal decision making (i.e. custody) matter, a parenting time matter, etc.  This could mean preparation of the documents for an[…] Read More ›

Thoughts on Military Retirement

As noted previously, the purpose of my blog is to bring up concepts and situations that we see regularly in our family law practice. Some may or may not be applicable to you or your case, but, hopefully they provide some information for you. Military retirement has become an area that is very complex.  Many times a service member is either entitled to military retirement pay, and/or VA disability pay.  In the case of VA disability pay, same cannot be divided with a spouse in a dissolution proceeding, whereas regular military retirement pay can be divided.  We often see the military member claiming disability pay,[…] Read More ›


One of the purposes of this blog is to bring certain issues to your attention that we see occurring in our family law practice on a regular basis.  The issues may or may not be relevant to your case, but, do appear in many of the cases that we handle.This blog is about retirement accounts.  Retirement accounts are normally one of the most valuable assets of a couple going through the dissolution of their marriage.  They must be handled carefully in order to assure that each party obtains his or her half of the community interest in the other’s retirement accounts. Certain retirement accounts, like[…] Read More ›

New Custody Statutes in Place

In my September 14, 2012, blog, I set out, in some detail, the changes that were coming with regard to the custody statutes.  They have now arrived, and while still very early, some issues are being clarified.  One of the issues in the September 14, 2012, blog, was the issue of “personal care decisions”.  It appears that there is now discussion that same mean life altering type of personal care decisions, that could be made by the sole legal decision maker (the old sole custody order) or jointly if there is a joint legal decision making (the old joint custody orders)  in place.  There seems[…] Read More ›


Major changes are coming to the custody statutes effective January 1, 2013.  The new statutes will replace the term “custody” with the term “legal decision making” in the Arizona Revised Statutes title 25.   Thus, we now have either a parent designated as the “sole legal decision maker”, or, the parties are designated to have “joint legal decision making” authority.   Regardless of whether it is sole or joint legal decision making, “legal decision making” means the legal right and responsibility to make all non emergency legal decisions for a child, including those regarding education, healthcare, religious training, and personal care decision.  The addition of “personal care[…] Read More ›