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Arizona Legal Separation Lawyers

Our integrity, experience, and commitment to our clients have made us a top rated law firm in Arizona for over 30 years.


The law in other countries and even states can greatly differ. In ARIZONA, what’s called ‘partnership’s property’, which broadly means assets owned or acquired during the civil partnership, is taken into account AND DIVIDED EQUALLY.

This is due to Arizona being a “No-Fault” state. This means that neither of the parties has to demonstrate a causal for separation, they just have to file for legal separation and comply with other requirements in order for the process to get started. There is no need to show that the other party has given any reasons that will justify the legal separation.

When the time comes to make legal decisions that will affect your future, Collins & Collins. L.L.P. will focus on your needs and goals and will represent you aggressively, fairly, ethically and competently. Collins & Collins L.L.P. has a reputation for competence and dedication to the needs of our clients.


A Family Legal Practice Focused On Your Needs

Open attorney-client communication is an ingredient for successful representation. To properly represent your interests, we spend the time to learn about your needs and goals. We also work to translate “legalese” into understandable terms so you are clear about your legal standing and options and can fully participate in the legal process. In Collins & Collins L.L.P. you have a legal team dedicated to you first and foremost. While we provide you with information you can understand, we let you make decisions after you understand your options.

When it comes to international divorce, where you start the divorce proceedings could affect how your finances are divided (asset division). Therefore, it is very important that you have a clear understanding of the following issues before commencing your international divorce process:


  • How your divorce or dissolution location can affect your settlement
  • Establishing where (what country) you can divorce or dissolve your marriage or civil partnership
  • Deciding what to do next about your international divorce or dissolution of marriage


Understanding Legal Separation

If you or your partner (husband, wife or civil partner) decides to start a legal separation or divorce proceedings outside of the country you currently live in, what you do next will depend on whether they start in another state within Arizona or a different state.

The system for divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership in Arizona is also slightly different to the one in other states. If you start proceedings in another part of the US to where you currently live, you will have to consider how this might affect your financial settlement.

Understanding where the legal separation will take place will depend on several factors which include:

  • The state that has the closest connection with both partners.
  • How your legal separation location can affect future settlements.
  • The presence of prenuptial agreements.
  • Where you live now and during your marriage or civil partnership
  • Where you and your partner were born and nationalities
  • Where your mother or father was born or lived
  • Where you married or registered your civil partnership
  • Where you own property
  • Where are any other assets such as bank accounts, bonds, businesses, pensions, bonds, etc located.


Call today for a free legal separation consultation with one of our top lawyers. There is never a charge or obligation for us to review your situation and determine how we can help.

*C. Robert Collins founded the firm in 1980 with himself as the sole lawyer. His son Joseph E. Collins joined him in 1994, and his son Jonathan S. Collins joined them in 2003.


Pros of first taking legal advice for a Legal Separation Lawyer:

You should seek legal advice from specialist family law attorney. It is recommended that you do this before negotiating with your partner or before exploring mediation with them. This is because the risk of losing control of where you decide to start legal separation proceedings can have serious implications.


What You can Expect from Our Law Firm

At Collins & Collins, L.L.P we are selective when it comes to the cases that we take on. The reason? Simple, we want to make sure that we are able to provide or clients the best possible legal representation that we can provide in order to meet their demands and individual circumstances.

Our practice is not focused on volume, and since we are a family business, we are proud to keep it this way and we are able to promise to deliver the best possible representation to clients that we decide to take on with professionalism and the utmost respect towards them.

Often a  legal separation does not end with an agreement or court order; as situations change, adjustments may need to be made to accommodate those changes. Therefore, our representation does not end at the negotiating table or in court. We stand beside you throughout the legal separation process and afterward as you implement court orders and decisions.

That is why we invite you to make use of our Free Legal Separation Advice so that you can come and talk to one of our attorneys and get the answers.



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