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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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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
  • Family Law
  • Domestic Violence
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.
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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
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Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Member
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Maricopa County Bar Association
Member
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Arizona State Bar # 014601
Member
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W.B. Putman American Inn of Court
Member
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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
29 Questions Answered

Q. I need 2 power of attorney, how much will it cost me?
A: My office charges 1/2 hour of time, so $125-$150 per POA depending upon which attorney you hire. Please call or email if you are interested. /s/Rich J. Peters Attorney at Law 1422 N. 2nd Street Suite 100 Phoenix, Arizona 85004 (602)254-7251 Fax (602)254-1229 www.familylawaz.com
Q. My son will be 18 October 12 of this year, can the courts make my son see him after he turns18 ?
A: in Arizona, NO. The Court loses jurisdiction over the child once the child turns 18. HOWEVER, the Court still has jurisdiction to force Dad to pay child support. Is he current? If not, there are steps you could/should take soon after the child turns 18. Please come in soon. We can certainly help you consider and then pursue your options. One of our attorneys can explain the issues and procedures better in person. As you can imagine, there is too much to cover via email. We offer free ½ hour consultations, in which we can discuss your matter in detail. Please call or email my assistant Maddy to schedule your free ½ hour consultation.
Q. Can I register a chid in school with parental Power of attorney ?
A: By law, you SHOULD be able to. But, I could envision a school or school district being worried about it and asking for more information. Some are more careful or restrictive than others. I would expect so especially if it was only signed by one parent. The school or district may then wonder if there was a divorce, and how "Legal Decision Making" was ordered. We could help draft something stronger if both parents were willing to sign. One of our attorneys can explain the issues and procedures better in person. As you can imagine, there is too much to cover via email. We offer free ½ hour consultations, in which we can discuss your matter in detail. Please call or email my assistant Maddy to schedule your free ½ hour consultation.
Q. In Arizona if the biological father has not had contact with child in more than a year does he still have rights?
A: Yes, he still has rights until the other parent takes steps to "severe" those rights. Under Arizona law, 6 months of no contact and no support can constitute "abandonment" which can warrant a severance of parental rights. There is more to it, though, so I would need to know more. Please come in soon. We can certainly help you consider and then pursue your options. This is obviously a very important matter, and you should not go in alone. One of our attorneys can explain the issues and procedures better in person. As you can imagine, there is too much to cover via email. We offer free ½ hour consultations, in which we can discuss your matter in detail. Please call or email my assistant Maddy to schedule your free ½ hour consultation.
Q. I have been raising my two girls for the passed five years with little to no help from their abusive father..
A: Are there any Court Orders in place? IF SO, then Arizona does have a "relocation" statute which must be reviewed as compared to your situation. I would need to know more to determine whether such requires notice, etc. If there are NO Court orders in place, then the relocation statute does not apply. HOWEVER, it is still wise to review the situation with an experienced family law attorney so that you don't leave yourself vulnerable to an emergency order requiring the children's immediate return. Please come in soon. We can certainly help you consider and then pursue your options for relocating. One of our attorneys can explain the issues and procedures better in person. As you can imagine, there is too much to cover via email. We offer free ½ hour consultations, in which we can discuss your matter in detail. Please call or email my assistant Maddy to schedule your free ½ hour consultation.
Q. I have a order for child support currently. but i am not receiving back child support for previous years.
A: How recently was your current Order entered? Is this the first Order ever? THERE may be steps we can take. I would need to know more. Please come in soon. We can certainly help you consider and then pursue your options for seeking up to 3 years of back support IF WE STILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO DO SO. This is obviously a very important matter, and you should not go in alone. One of our attorneys can explain the issues and procedures better in person. As you can imagine, there is too much to cover via email. We offer free ½ hour consultations, in which we can discuss your matter in detail. Please call or email my assistant Maddy to schedule your free ½ hour consultation.
Q. wife left 2 months . we want to get divorced. we agree on everything. she moved to seattle. how does she file respone
A: I expect it is going to have to be filed here. If you are proceeding by agreement, my firm offers a low flat fee to handle everything start to finish. We can file here even though she resides out of state. If everything is proceeding by agreement, she will never have to come into town. One of you should call or come in soon. We can certainly help you consider and then pursue your best option. One of our attorneys can explain the issues and procedures better in person. As you can imagine, there is too much to cover via email. We offer free ½ hour consultations, in which we can discuss your matter in detail. Please call or email my assistant Maddy to schedule your free ½ hour consultation.
Q. Can ex take me to court for child support years after we agreed, in court, to not pay?
A: Child support is always modifiable. Even Court Orders that neither parent owes the other are modifiable. However, she can never go backwards. Arizona does not allow retroactive child support modifications. So, if she believes she is entitled to a modification, every month she waits is a month she loses. Have you run the numbers, to see what the potential risk might be? You can do so for free here. Or, we can assist. Please come in soon. We can certainly help you consider and then pursue your options. One of our attorneys can explain the issues and procedures better in person. As you can imagine, there is too much to cover via email. We offer free ½ hour consultations, in which we can discuss your matter in detail. Please call or email my assistant Maddy to schedule your free ½ hour consultation.
Q. How can I get my son back from DCS
A: Is your Court appointed attorney taking steps to deal with your concerns? Are you looking to hire private counsel? I did not see any particular question that I can answer. I can say that my advice always in these situations is to bend over backwards to satisfy DCS that you are doing everything they ask, and more. Then, when the time comes to go to an evidentiary hearing, they should have no complaints. There is also a time, of course, where we may choose to seek a hearing ourselves to modify the placement or visitation.
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R.J. Peters & Assoc., P.C.
1422 N 2nd Street Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85004
USA
Toll-Free: (855) 720-7575
Telephone: (602) 256-7575