Perhaps no other area of law involves as many sensitive and potentially devastating issues as Family Law. At Burch & Cracchiolo, we help our clients assess their cases with financial, personal and emotional considerations in mind, both in the short and long terms. We believe that it is important to understand what our clients want for their futures and those of their loved ones while helping them understand their legal rights and responsibilities. Our attorneys carefully balance representing our client's interests with maintaining a constructive environment to ease the process of resolving these often delicate matters. Over the past 50 years, our Family Law attorneys have represented both sides of cases involving medical and legal practices, celebrities, professional athletes and heirs to large family fortunes. We have handled nearly every conceivable complexity that may occur while representing clients with multi-million dollar estates, complex businesses and professional practices.
Burch & Cracchiolo attorneys handle a wide variety of matters in Family Law, emphasizing dissolution issues including divorce representation and mediation, property division issues and child custody, support and paternity. The attorneys in our Family Law practice are well regarded in the practice and known for handling complex matters involving complex business valuation issues. Today, we have one of the largest and most experienced groups of Family Law attorneys and paralegals working in Arizona.
A unique advantage of our Family Law practice is the access of our lawyers to the full spectrum of skills and experience of our entire firm, including those who can assist in the business, taxation, valuation and estate planning implications of divorce. Our firm's overall emphasis on closely-held and family business entities and professional practices provides valuable insights and expertise for our Family Law clients. This is especially important in complex cases where tax, real estate, estate planning, contract and transactional lawyers often are critical to bringing about a successful result.
Our Family Law practice goes beyond dissolution and includes issues that may arise in the family context, such as prenuptial agreements, grandparents' rights, annulments, legal separations, paternity, in loco parentis, guardianships and adult adoptions.
Burch & Cracchiolo does not practice family law in Native American jurisdictions or in tribal courts.
Child Support, Custody and Paternity
The Family Law attorneys at Burch & Cracchiolo put the interests of children first, assisting parents in finding solutions to child support, custody and paternity disputes that will best ensure safe, healthy and productive lives. We have strong relationships with therapists, parenting coordinators and others who may provide insights into the child or children's needs and persuasive support for our clients' positions for purposes of settlement or trial.
Division of Assets and Liabilities, including Business Valuation Issues
Our clients gain a significant advantage from Family Law representation by Burch & Cracchiolo due to our immediate access to the business acumen of our team of attorneys practicing in the full spectrum of services relating to business and family law matters. Our highly experienced business, real estate, finance, tax, and estate planning professionals work together to assist our clients in evaluating, negotiating and protecting their wealth during and after dissolution of a marriage. In addition, we can help business clients structure and valuate business interests and provide creative solutions that can assist families in maintaining as much value in their assets as possible, making property settlement more palatable and mutually beneficial as possible.
Divorce trials can be quite expensive and can prolong the painful aspects of divorce. At Burch & Cracchiolo, we encourage our clients to mediate their divorce with the goal of reaching a solution that all parties can bring as much resolution and peace to the family as quickly as possible. Divorce mediation allows the parties the opportunity to control the outcome to maintain control and make all the decisions, instead of relying on a judge or court commissioner to do so. All of our Family Law attorneys are proponents of mediation and experienced in representing clients as they mediate. In addition, among our attorneys, we have several trained and experienced mediators who emphasize divorce mediation.
Nearly 50% of first marriages end in divorce, while 60% of second marriages and 70% of third marriages are dissolved. Divorce is no longer taboo but it certainly is still very difficult on all parties involved, even in the most amicable divorces. At Burch & Cracchiolo, our goal is to assist our clients and their families navigate the divorce journey with abundant information and support, with the goal of meeting your personal goals, reducing your stress and providing timely, cost effective counsel.
Premarital agreements can provide important protection for clients contemplating marriage after accumulating significant sole and separate assets, including investments, real estate and business interests. These agreements can be critical to ensuring that children from previous relationships are protected as well. In the event of a divorce, a prenuptial agreement will determine how property and assets are to be distributed, eliminating the need to dispute the division of those assets. Burch & Cracchiolo lawyers are experienced in drafting and negotiating prenuptial agreements that will withstand contest. We have successfully litigated for the enforcement of prenuptial agreements; accordingly, we have successfully protested poorly drafted or unenforceable agreements.