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What is the legal definition of co-parenting? Co parenting is a process where two parents work together to raise a child even though they are divorced or separated and no longer live together. In a co-parenting situation there will be a co parenting agreement. An agreement between both parents to assure that everyone involved with raising the children adheres to similar values and works towards the same goals.

Unless there has been domestic violence or substance abuse, co-parenting is the best way to ensure that all your children’s needs are met and enable them to retain close relationships with both parents. Research suggests that the quality of the relationship between co-parents can also have a strong influence on the mental and emotional well-being of children.

Joint custody arrangements can be exhausting, infuriating, and riddled with stress, especially if you have a contentious relationship with your ex. Concern about your ex’s parenting abilities, worries about child support or other financial issues, constant conflict, or struggling to overcome resentments left over from your relationship can all take a very real toll. Making shared decisions, interacting at drop-offs, or even communications with the one another in general can seem like impossible tasks. It is possible however, and necessary for the sake of your kids, to overcome co-parenting challenges and develop a cordial relationship with your ex.

The key is to separate the personal relationship from the co-parenting relationship. Acting in the best interest of the kids is your most important priority. Be a mature, responsible co-parent by always putting your children’s needs ahead of your own personal agenda. You can accomplish this by:

  • Separating feelings from behavior. Sure, you are hurt and angry, but your feelings don’t have to dictate your behavior. Working cooperatively with the other parent is what’s best for your children. Let this motivate your actions.
  • Don’t put your children in the middle. Compartmentalize your feelings of resentment and bitterness about your break up. They are your issues, not your child’s. Never use kids as messengers. Using your children to convey messages to your ex puts them in the center of your conflict. Keep your issues to yourself. Don’t say negative things about your ex to your children or make them feel like they have to choose.
  • Improve communication. In all methods of communication, the following can help maintain effective communication. Set a business-like tone: Speak or write to your ex as you would a colleague. Use respect and neutrality in your messages and conversations. Make requests: Statements can be misinterpreted as demands. Try using things like, “Would you be willing to…? Or “Can we try…?” Show restraint: Communicating with each other is something you’re going to have to do for their entire childhood. You can be intentional about not overreacting to your ex. Over time you can become numb to the buttons they try to push.

In the end if things become too toxic. Seek the help of a reputable family law attorney to help you navigate the difficulties and make decisions as to how to proceed in the best interest of your children. Call us now to schedule your free consultation. At Dodge & Vega, PLC we believe you should never have to pay a fee for an initial consultation: 480-656-8333.

Additional Resources include checking out Arizona Family Laws including but not limited to the rule on Parenting Plans which specifically deals with co parenting issues. The text of this rule is below for your consideration:

ARS 25-403.02 – Parenting Plans

A. If the child’s parents cannot agree on a plan for legal decision-making or parenting time, each parent must submit a proposed parenting plan.

B. Consistent with the child’s best interests in section 25-403 and sections 25-403.03, 25-403.04 and 25-403.05, the court shall adopt a parenting plan that provides for both parents to share legal decision-making regarding their child and that maximizes their respective parenting time. The court shall not prefer a parent’s proposed plan because of the parent’s or child’s gender.

C. Parenting plans shall include at least the following:

1. A designation of the legal decision-making as joint or sole as defined in section 25-401.

2. Each parent’s rights and responsibilities for the personal care of the child and for decisions in areas such as education, health care and religious training.

3. A practical schedule of parenting time for the child, including holidays and school vacations.

4. A procedure for the exchanges of the child, including location and responsibility for transportation.

5. A procedure by which proposed changes, relocation of where a child resides with either parent pursuant to section 25-408, disputes and alleged breaches may be mediated or resolved, which may include the use of conciliation services or private counseling.

6. A procedure for periodic review of the plan’s terms by the parents.

7. A procedure for communicating with each other about the child, including methods and frequency.

8. A statement that each party has read, understands and will abide by the notification requirements of section 25-403.05, subsection B.

D. If the parents are unable to agree on any element to be included in a parenting plan, the court shall determine that element. The court may determine other factors that are necessary to promote and protect the emotional and physical health of the child.

E. Shared legal decision-making does not necessarily mean equal parenting time.

We are here for you. Hopefully your co parenting relationship doesn’t need the help of an attorney, but often they do. Call us and we will schedule your free consultation: 480-656-8333.

Written By:

Brandi Collins, Dodge & Vega PLC

 

Dodge & Vega PLC founded by Ben Dodge, attorney at law. Ben owns and manages a law firm of Affordable Arizona Family Law, Personal Injury, and Bankruptcy Lawyers. He is a nationally certified trial attorney, entrepreneur, endurance Athlete, and extreme Ultra Cyclist.

Ben Dodge, Esq.

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Divorce Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is.

Ben Dodge, Trial Lawyer and NITA Advocate

In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge Ben is one a very few lawyers trained in advance litigation skills through the National Institute of Trial Attorneys (NITA) and has earned the designation as a NITA Advocate.

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

It can often be difficult dealing with the other parent of your child and it can be even more difficult when you are faced with having to go to court because your child is telling you they are being hurt by the other parent or mommy/daddy is doing drugs. You will often feel like no one is listening to you and you fear that returning your child to the other parent will result in the child being hurt, ending up in the hospital or worse. When do you file for emergency custody of your child? There is no right answer other than to say “NOW!” Now is the time to make a move. All too often parents believe they shouldn’t do anything because “I’ve called DCS and they won’t do anything, so a judge won’t either.” This is incorrect. The standard for the Department of Child Safety (DCS) to do something and how a judge will view things can be very different. I recently had an old client call me and ask what they should do when his son told him he was having to fight his mommy to protect his sister because his mommy was hurting his sister. My response was “let’s go to Court and get your son and daughter out of that situation now.”

The standard a judge has to consider for granting emergency orders is whether there will be some kind of harm that will result to the child if the court does nothing. Rule 48 of the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure says that the Court can award temporary orders without notice or on an emergency basis if the parent shows “…specific facts that if an order is not issued…the child will be irreparably injured, or irreparable injury, loss or damage will result…” So, when you seek emergency custody of your child be specific as possible in your request and tell the judge what will happen or what has happened that will result in an injury to the child if the Court does nothing.

If you need help and do not know where to start, call our office and schedule a free initial consultation.

Rule 48. Temporary Orders Without Notice*

(a) Filing and Timing. A party may request temporary orders without notice by filing a verified motion, along with a proposed form of orders and a notice of hearing on the motion. A motion may be filed at the same time or after filing an initial pre-decree or post-decree petition.
(b) Grounds. A court may grant temporary orders without written or oral notice to an adverse party or that party’s attorney only if the verified motion:
(1) clearly shows by specific facts that if an order is not issued before the adverse party can be heard, the moving party or a minor child of the party will be irreparably injured, or irreparable injury, loss, or damage will result to the separate or community property of the moving party; and
(2) the moving party or attorney provides written certification of the efforts to give notice to the other party, or why giving notice should not be required.
(c) Orders. Temporary orders without notice must specify the injury, loss, or damage and why it is irreparable, and state why the court granted the orders without notice. Temporary orders expire at the date and time set for hearing on the motion unless the court extends the time for good cause.
(d) Hearing. An evidentiary hearing must be set on the motion not later than 10 days after the order’s entry, unless the court extends the time for good cause. The nonmoving party may request an earlier evidentiary hearing with reasonable notice as the court directs.
(e) Service. The order and notice of the evidentiary hearing must be served as soon as possible after the order’s entry or as the court directs.
(f) Bond. No bond is required for temporary orders unless the court finds a bond appropriate.

Credits

Added Aug. 30, 2018, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Editors’ Notes

HISTORICAL NOTES
Former Rule 48, relating to temporary orders without notice, was abrogated Aug. 30, 2018, effective Jan. 1, 2019. See, now, this rule.
17B A. R. S. Rules Fam. Law Proc., Rule 48, AZ ST RFLP Rule 48
Current with amendments received through 11/1/19
*Taken from WestLaw

 

Written By:

Kim Hewes, Dodge & Vega PLC

 

Dodge & Vega PLC founded by Ben Dodge, attorney at law. Ben owns and manages a law firm of Affordable Arizona Family Law, Personal Injury, and Bankruptcy Lawyers. He is a nationally certified trial attorney, entrepreneur, endurance Athlete, and extreme Ultra Cyclist.

Ben Dodge, Esq.

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Divorce Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is.

Ben Dodge, Trial Lawyer and NITA Advocate

In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge Ben is one a very few lawyers trained in advance litigation skills through the National Institute of Trial Attorneys (NITA) and has earned the designation as a NITA Advocate.

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

In Arizona, both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy is used to discharge debt and give debtors a fresh start. However, Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the quicker and cheaper route to your debt free life. It is by far the most preferred bankruptcy for consumers and the average American out there. Because it is the most preferred bankruptcy method, there have been quite a few people over the years who have tried to fraudulently rack up debt and file bankruptcy even though they had plenty of money to pay their debts. So in 2005, to deter fraud, the Bankruptcy Court created the “Means Test” under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act. Essentially the Means Test determines whether your Chapter 7 filing is “presumed to be abuse.” It is the hurdle you must jump to file your Chapter 7 bankruptcy. When you file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy most all of your debts can be completely wiped out. So if a person filing bankruptcy actually has the money to pay back their debts, filing for Chapter 7 relief would be presumed to be abuse, or unfair. If you fail the means test then you most likely can still file a bankruptcy, but this time it would need to be a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

The Means Test itself requires you to be poor enough to qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Arizona. There are average income levels you must fall under and/or use in calculating what necessary living expenses are allowed for a family of your size in your same county. The test is also used to determine whether or not your income could be used to pay off debts. Unless otherwise exempt, you must qualify under the bankruptcy Means Test in Arizona to even file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief. How do you know if you are exempt? You may be exempt from the Means Test if what you owe is primarily debt all based on your own business. For example, if you are self employed and you have a business line of credit and business credit cards, business leases, etc. and that is all more of a percentage of debt than your personal credit cards, etc. then you may be exempt from the Means Test. The money you lost when the company filed for bankruptcy would also be business debt. Other exemptions specifically relate to falling into debt during military service for those such as disabled veterans or active duty National Guard/Reservists.

Arizona Bankruptcy Means Test Median Income Figures

What are the Arizona Median Income Levels? They change often. As of May 1 2020 the Median Income numbers used in your Arizona Means Test calculations are as follows:

Household Size Monthly Income Annual Income
1 $4,282.33 $51,388.00
2 $5,378.58 $64,543.00
3 $5,869.00 $70,428.00
4 $7,116.92 $85,403.00
5 $7,866.92 $94,403.00
6 $8,616.92 $103,403.00
7 $9,366.92 $112,403.00
8 $10,116.92 $121,403.00
9 $10,866.92 $130,403.00
10 $11,616.92 $139,403.00

Don’t Do The Means Test Alone. Arizona Bankruptcy Lawyers at Dodge & Vega are here to help you now.

Arizona Bankruptcy Means Test Calculator

Like many other things in our culture, there are no shortage of Means Test calculators available all over the internet. It is important that no matter which Arizona Means Test Calculator you use, that it is up to date with the correct figures according to bankruptcy laws.

Step 1. Determine whether your income is below Arizona’s median income level. Arizona bankruptcy law requires you to look at the 6 months of your income immediately prior to your filing. Calculate your monthly income for the six months before filing for bankruptcy and compare it to the median income for households of your size in Arizona (see the above chart). Ensure that you are correctly calculating your income and that you are including ALL of your various income when comparing it to the income levels in Arizona. If you fall below the income levels of households of your size in Arizona, then you have passed the Arizona Means Test and automatically qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief! However, if your income ends up being above the median income level in Arizona, then you will need to complete the Means Test Calculation bankruptcy form.  This is where it can get tricky. A qualified bankruptcy lawyer at Dodge & Vega PLC will be very helpful in determining your income as well as completing the means test calculation for you.

Step 2. Complete The Means Test. The Means Test Calculation is just math and it calculates your disposable income by adding up your monthly expenses and subtracting them from your monthly income. The whole reason we do this math is because the bankruptcy law requires us to determine whether you have any money left over each month to pay down some of your debt. Any excess income above and beyond what Arizona Bankruptcy law deems as reasonable and necessary living expenses (allowable living expenses) is presumed to best used to pay towards your debts. You can see how important it is to make sure you have the correct information with your allowable living expenses. A qualified bankruptcy lawyer at Dodge & Vega PLC will be best at helping you see where your money goes every month and whether or not it is even an “allowable” bankruptcy living expense. We have see so many good people spending money on their kids for things like college tuition, extra curricular activities and more, that are all routinely denied by the bankruptcy court. This math is so critical to get so you have negative disposable income at the end of each month in order to qualify under the Means Test Calculation. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is limited to those who are too poor to pay their debts back and not everyone is eligible or qualified to file a chapter 7 Bankruptcy. The intention behind Chapter 7 is to limit it to only those people who cannot genuinely afford to pay back their debts. If after The Means Test Calculation you have positive income (money left over), then it triggers the “presumption of abuse” of the bankruptcy laws and you will not be allowed to file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. All of this because according to the “math” you have money left over to pay down your own debt.

Step 3. Call us, let us help you get qualified. If you haven’t figured out yet how tricky this can be then think again. It truly is best to have a qualified Arizona bankruptcy lawyer look into your particular situation and details of your debts and income and living expenses. A good bankruptcy lawyer will be able to tell how to apply the bankruptcy law in your personal situation and maximize your ability to qualify under The Meas Test. Our telephone number is answered 24/7 480.656.8333, we are here to help.

Come in for your free consultation to see what discounts and price you qualify for! Call us at 480-656-8333 any time night or day and we can get you scheduled to speak with one of our qualified bankruptcy attorneys.

 

Written By:

Ben Dodge, Dodge & Vega PLC

 

Dodge & Vega PLC founded by Ben Dodge, attorney at law. Ben owns and manages a law firm of Affordable Arizona Bankruptcy Lawyers. He is a nationally certified trial attorney, entrepreneur, endurance Athlete, and extreme Ultra Cyclist.

Ben Dodge, Esq.

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Divorce Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is.

Ben Dodge, Trial Lawyer and NITA Advocate

In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge Ben is one a very few lawyers trained in advance litigation skills through the National Institute of Trial Attorneys (NITA) and has earned the designation as a NITA Advocate.

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

Have you been sitting on the fence deciding on filing bankruptcy or not? There are a lot of people who push this off because of fear of everything they will LOSE. No one likes to lose out on anything, especially when you feel like that is all you have to your name. Although there will always be assets you might lose in your bankruptcy, there are a lot of things that you are allowed to keep during the bankruptcy process.It is actually pretty rare that an average family loses any property during their bankruptcy. The bankruptcy laws allow for lots of your property to be “exempt” – meaning that the court can’t take it from you.

If you were not aware (which most people are not), there are federal and state exemptions that protect you from losing some assets. There are different rules for chapter 7 bankruptcy compared to a chapter 13 bankruptcy. Both under both chapter 7 and chapter bankruptcies you will find that most if not all of your property can be legally protected if you are using a good bankruptcy lawyer. There are too many examples to give for every type of property, but one common question we get is about your house. For example, the federal exemptions allow you to keep $150,000 worth of equity in a home (if owned outright), meaning you don’t have to lose your home just because you are filing bankruptcy. There are other exemptions regarding your household goods, clothes, jewelry, cars (up to 6,000 of equity for a car; and only one car per person filing), and most equipment you might use for work. One of the other most common questions relates to your retirement accounts. All tax exempt plans and 401ks are also protected when you file bankruptcy. If you are seriously considering filing bankruptcy, but you are on the fence hung up about the thought of losing something, you should consider your options and be open to cleaning the slate while retaining some of your assets. Come in and lets us review your property to confirm what risks if any you have. Every person and family is different and you should double check with a qualified bankruptcy attorney before filing to ensure your assets are protected.

If you need more information about the bankruptcy process, if you qualify and what your situation will look like after filing bankruptcy- or any other questions about your assets and what you will be walking away with, give Dodge and Vega a call and schedule your free consultation today!

Come in for your free consultation to see what discounts and price you qualify for! Call us at 480-656-8333 any time night or day and we can get you scheduled to speak with one of our qualified bankruptcy attorneys.

 

Written By:

Angelica Wilson, Dodge & Vega PLC

 

Dodge & Vega PLC founded by Ben Dodge, attorney at law. Ben owns and manages a law firm of Affordable Arizona Bankruptcy Lawyers. He is a nationally certified trial attorney, entrepreneur, endurance Athlete, and extreme Ultra Cyclist.

Ben Dodge, Esq.

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Divorce Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is.

Ben Dodge, Trial Lawyer and NITA Advocate

In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge Ben is one a very few lawyers trained in advance litigation skills through the National Institute of Trial Attorneys (NITA) and has earned the designation as a NITA Advocate.

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

$0 down. The problem most people with a lot debt have is the looming question of: “How can I possibly even afford to file bankruptcy?” We agree. If bankruptcy is right for you then you shouldn’t have to worry about paying thousands of dollars to file it. We have affordable payment plans and extremely discounted bankruptcy pricing. Our chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy prices are cheap. We designed them to be affordable and discounted. Our prices are always flat fees without any hidden or secret fees like many law firms charge! You will know your total bankruptcy price and it will be locked in for you with an affordable payment plan before you even leave your consultation. Our pricing is tailored to be as affordable as possible for your personal circumstances. Come in for your free consultation to see what discounts and price you qualify for! Call us at 480-656-8333 any time night or day and we can get you scheduled to speak with one of our qualified bankruptcy attorneys.

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Written By:

Ben Dodge, Dodge & Vega PLC

 

Dodge & Vega PLC founded by Ben Dodge, attorney at law. Ben owns and manages a law firm of Affordable Arizona Bankruptcy Lawyers. He is a nationally certified trial attorney, entrepreneur, endurance Athlete, and extreme Ultra Cyclist.

Ben Dodge, Esq.

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Divorce Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is.

Ben Dodge, Trial Lawyer and NITA Advocate

In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge Ben is one a very few lawyers trained in advance litigation skills through the National Institute of Trial Attorneys (NITA) and has earned the designation as a NITA Advocate.

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

I have been working in the legal field for over 20 years. I began when I was just a kid, but when I was about 23 years old, I began working as a legal assistant for a criminal defense attorney. I recall in one of our criminal cases the attorney asked our client if he was current on his child support. The client stated he was. I later asked the attorney why his payments for child support matter if we were dealing with a criminal case. The attorney stated that a judge in a small town once asked his client that question during sentencing and luckily the client said the same, that he was current on his child support obligation. The judge said that “a person who honors his obligation to his family will honor his obligation to society,” and then he gave our client the minimum sentence. Since that time, the attorney began using the same argument during sentencing, so long as the client was current on child support.

You may be wondering what this has to do with what I’m about to talk about…I have seen more fathers in recent years, want to be fathers. Unfortunately, there are women who still have the mindset that fathers should only see their children every other weekend or that the woman has the only choice whether to give a child up for adoption. I have seen a growing number of women who want to give their child up for adoption when the father wants to keep the child. One way to prevent your rights as a father from being terminated is by registering with the Arizona Putative Father Registry. The child does not have to be born in order to register. However, you only have a specific period of time to register (within 30 days after the birth of the child) or you could potentially lose your child to adoption. You can obtain the Notice of Claim at this link: https://www.azdhs.gov/documents/licensing/vital-records/correction-paternity-claim.pdf. The Putative Father Registry is kept by the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Vital Records. The registry enables a father to notify other parties or potential adoptive parents of his claim to paternity so that he can receive notification of any potential adoption proceedings. In addition, registering with the Putative Father Registry protects the security and stability of adoptions.

Potential fathers have to be cautious because pursuant to A.R.S. §8-106.01 states that a father’s lack of knowledge of the pregnancy is not an acceptable reason for failing to file or register with the Putative Father Registry. The fact that he had sexual intercourse with the mother is considered to be notice to the putative father of the pregnancy.

If you are a father and want to ensure your rights are protected, you can contact our office for a free initial consultation. If you want to have an experienced attorney who will be able to spot these small details and work to defend you aggressively, contact our office and set up a consultation with our incredible Family Law Team.

 

Written By:

Kim Hewes, Dodge & Vega PLC

 

Dodge & Vega PLC founded by Ben Dodge, attorney at law. Ben owns and manages a law firm of Affordable Arizona Family Law and Father’s Rights Lawyers. He is a nationally certified trial attorney, entrepreneur, endurance Athlete, and extreme Ultra Cyclist.

Ben Dodge, Esq.

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Divorce Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is.

Ben Dodge, Trial Lawyer and NITA Advocate

In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge Ben is one a very few lawyers trained in advance litigation skills through the National Institute of Trial Attorneys (NITA) and has earned the designation as a NITA Advocate.

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

I love when my friends start dating. First you hear all about them. Then you meet them. They fall in love and then make the big announcement that they are moving in together as the next step. How exciting!

It is not uncommon today for couples to live together. It is a great way to spend more time with and get to know each other better. And let’s face it; it is a great way to save money in today’s economy. I have friends that have been together for 5-10+ year, who admit they will probably get married, just not sure when. Yet they hold themselves out as husband and wife to their friends. They have kids, joint bank accounts, and purchase houses with each other. And the rings on their fingers would make you believe they already walked down the aisle, even though you can’t remember the invite to the wedding.

Most people would believe they have a common law marriage. But what is a common law marriage? Black’s Law Dictionary 7th Edition defines it as “a marriage that takes legal effect, without license or ceremony, when a couple live together as husband and wife, intend to be married, and hold themselves out to others as a married couple.” So by definition, yeah, they have a common law marriage. But is it a legal marriage?

The answer is no. States, particularly Arizona, do not recognize common law marriage. A.R.S. 25-111(B)(1) says a marriage contract not valid unless “A license is issued…” You can hold yourselves out as husband and wife, but the law only sees you as companions. You have no legal rights like a licensed marriage does. So what does that mean for you?

If you were to break up, you would not be entitled to the benefits a normal divorce would provide. Although the law will still evaluate child support, you will not get spousal maintenance or will you not be entitled to any community property acquired during the relationship, unless your name is on it.

But let’s say you’re not breaking up because you do have that everlasting love. Not getting that marriage license also has ramifications when it comes to making decisions while you are together that only married couples can make or benefits received. If you are not legally married, you will not be able to receive social security, Medicare, or disability benefits transferred to you. You two won’t qualify for certain health care packages or be able to make medical decisions for each other if need be. You won’t to inherit your loved one’s estate, no matter how long you had been living together. You won’t be able to make burial or other final arrangements. In the moments you need to take care of each other the most, you might have a legal battle to fight as well.

In today’s society where 50% of marriages end in divorce, paired with all the horror stories of friends who have got divorce and the ugly battle that pursues, it is understandable why there is no race to get the license. But it is up to you to decide what is right for you. For me, when I meet the right guy and fall in everlasting love with him that can stand the test of time, I will choose to get the license. But I will also get a premarital agreement, just in case. A girl still has to protect her assets! If you want to have an experienced attorney who will be able to spot these small details and work to defend you aggressively, contact our office and set up a consultation with our incredible Criminal Defense Team.

 

Written By:

Jolita Bennett, Dodge & Vega PLC

 

 

Dodge & Vega PLC founded by Ben Dodge, attorney at law. Ben is an Affordable Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer, Entrepreneur, Endurance Athlete, and Extreme Ultra Cyclist.

Ben Dodge, Esq.

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Divorce Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is.

Ben Dodge, Trial Lawyer and NITA Advocate

In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge Ben is one a very few lawyers trained in advance litigation skills through the National Institute of Trial Attorneys (NITA) and has earned the designation as a NITA Advocate.

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

Be Prepared Before Filing Bankruptcy

No one ever wants to be put in a situation where they are drowning in debt. But it happens, and for most people, it takes a huge emotional toll. In fact, it ranks up there with divorce, death of a loved one and business failure. So, it’s essential that you carefully weigh your options and be prepared. Below are a few things you can do before you take any action:

  1. Organize your paperwork and Review your Finances: Make a list of all debts, from your mortgage to student loans to child support. It would also be helpful to get a copy of your credit report to check debts you may have forgotten. There are several websites that offer free credit reports every 12 months. For every debt, try to locate paperwork to verify the creditor and the amounts because you will need these if you decide to file bankruptcy.
  2. Look at Options to Reduce your Debt: Before you decide to file, try your best to pay off your debts. You may also want to talk with creditors about lowering interest rates or getting better terms. You may also need to take more drastic steps, such as finding different ways to supplement your income, removing unnecessary expenses, moving to a more affordable place, etc.
  3. Talk with a Financial Counselor: Many financial counselors can give you a different, unbiased perspective on your financial situation. They can also provide alternatives to bankruptcy and create a customized plan to get you out of the red. And they can give you encouragement and that extra kick in the right direction! There are many web-based companies that offer such services and can provide helpful information.
  4. Get professional help: If you’ve done everything you can and still can’t get your head above water, bankruptcy may be your best option. Filing is complicated and involves lots of paperwork and the potential for mistakes. So, it is essential to that you consult with a professional. Our bankruptcy team at Dodge & Vega, PLC, have years of experience and will walk you through the bankruptcy process to avoid potential mistakes and pitfalls. We strive to alleviate your stress during an overwhelming time.

Our lawyers at Dodge & Vega are absolutely the best.  Speak with them now over the phone or schedule an in person consult.

 

Written By:

Kaci Brown, Dodge & Vega PLC

 

 

Dodge & Vega PLC founded by Ben Dodge, attorney at law. Ben is an Affordable Arizona Bankruptcy Lawyer, Entrepreneur, Endurance Athlete, and Extreme Ultra Cyclist.

Ben Dodge, Esq.

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Divorce Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is.

Ben Dodge, Trial Lawyer and NITA Advocate

In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge Ben is one a very few lawyers trained in advance litigation skills through the National Institute of Trial Attorneys (NITA) and has earned the designation as a NITA Advocate.

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

Does the word “Bankruptcy” scare you to hear? If you answered “yes”, trust me you are not alone! When it comes to bankruptcy- it does not need to be a quick decision, however you should make the choice yourself before, before getting to the point of having the choice made for you. If you have lost track of how much you owe and to who, you have bill collectors calling you hassling you about money, and you are possibly only making minimum monthly payments (or no payments at all sometimes!) then you might want to give a bit more thought into possibly filing for bankruptcy.

The longer you put this process off, the longer it will take to get you out of that never-ending hole you feel you are falling down. Some might choose to go with a debt consolidator, however if you are having a hard time making any sorts of payments now, this might not be the best option for you.

Although “bankruptcy” is a scary word and thought, it can usually give you a fresh start. You will no longer be receiving those annoying debt collector calls. Bankruptcy gives you a true chance to rebuild your financial credit! You can always call us here at Dodge & Vega to schedule a NO COST consultation with one of our attorneys. We will go over your finances and let you know what your debt relief options are.  Sometimes bankruptcy is the answer and sometimes it is not. Knowing all of your options is the first step to making the right decision for you and your family.

If a bankruptcy is your best option we will make it as affordable for you as possible with low upfront costs and affordable payments plan options that you choose! Our up front costs start as low as $0 dollars down. Call our office today and see what your options are!

Our lawyers at Dodge & Vega are absolutely the best.  Speak with them now over the phone or schedule an in person consult.

 

Written By:

Angelica Wilson, Dodge & Vega PLC

 

 

 

Dodge & Vega PLC founded by Ben Dodge, attorney at law. Ben is an Affordable Arizona Bankruptcy Lawyer, Entrepreneur, Endurance Athlete, and Extreme Ultra Cyclist.

Ben Dodge, Esq.

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Divorce Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is.

Ben Dodge, Trial Lawyer and NITA Advocate

In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge Ben is one a very few lawyers trained in advance litigation skills through the National Institute of Trial Attorneys (NITA) and has earned the designation as a NITA Advocate.

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.

Let’s face it, there are some conversations that are just not easy to have, especially with your children…but how do you tell your kids that you are getting a divorce?! It might not be the easiest conversation that you will have, but here are some ideas that may come in handy if you ever need to have that conversation with the littles.

  • Work as one. Parents you should sit down together and explain the situation to your children. The divorce may be a joint a decision or it may not be, try to incorporate the word “we” into the conversation as much as possible. This is not the time for finger-pointing or blame. At the end of the day, it isn’t about you; it is about your children and their emotional well-being.
  • Engage with the family as a whole. Having this tough conversation with the entire family present is usually for the best, and then follow up with each child individually. If there is a concern of an older child taking the news hard or that their reaction may upset a younger child parents may want to consider talking to each child on their own.
  • Plan out your conversation. This conversation should not be made up on the spot, it should be thought out with specific and important messages that kids need to hear. For example:
    • “Mom and Dad have been having some problems. We have tried to work through them, but things aren’t working out.”
    • “Both of us love you very much. Nothing could ever change the love we have for you or the fact that we will both always be here for you.”
    • “We will always be your mom and dad; we just aren’t going to be husband and wife any longer. We are getting a divorce.”
    • “You are amazing kids. It is our fault that this is happening…not yours.”
    • “Even with things changing, we will always be a family.”
  • Expect mixed reactions. They may cry, yell, run to their rooms or even slam doors. Let them express their feelings regarding the news and be sure to provide them the space when needed and comfort them when wanted. You know your child best, be sure to let them know that you both are available to talk about any feelings or emotions they may feel during this time. Remember their lives are changing in a big way too.
  • Questions will be asked. Processing their emotions and feelings revolving the big news will take time to process. Expect your children to have many conversations with them as the separation and divorce continue on. Both parents should be open to answering questions and providing comfort to the children’s emotional needs. Be honest, let them know what you know and don’t know.

If you or someone you know happens to need an attorney to assist with your divorce, please consider Dodge & Vega, PLC. We are a team of friendly, warm and understanding professionals who can provide assistance.

Our lawyers at Dodge & Vega are absolutely the best.  Speak with them now over the phone or schedule an in person consult.

 

Written By:

Jenna B., Dodge & Vega PLC

 

 

 

Dodge & Vega PLC founded by Ben Dodge, attorney at law. Ben is an Affordable Arizona Family Law Lawyer, Entrepreneur, Endurance Athlete, and Extreme Ultra Cyclist.

Ben Dodge, Esq.

 

 

 

A consultation with experienced Arizona Divorce Attorney Ben Dodge is free

Understanding your rights and what you are entitled too, Ben Dodge is known as a serious litigator. There are two types of attorneys, those that sit behind a desk and push paper and those who actually hit the court room in the real world and get things done. Ben is a litigator who thrives in the court room. He once said: “It is one thing to tell your clients you are a good lawyer, it is an entirely different thing to be willing to prove it to them while they watch you do your work in front of them, in front of a jury watching your every move, in front of a judge, and your peers who are lawyers on the other side if your case. I love the opportunity to go to court and put my money where my mouth is.

Ben Dodge, Trial Lawyer and NITA Advocate

In my experience most lawyers are either afraid of the court room or not good at it and belong behind a desk or both.” -Ben Dodge Ben is one a very few lawyers trained in advance litigation skills through the National Institute of Trial Attorneys (NITA) and has earned the designation as a NITA Advocate.

The negotiation tactics and strategies of winning a case are extremely important, but should always take a back row seat to the litigation experience and knowledge of court room rules, local, state, and federal rules of civil procedure that can have significant impact on your case. It is wise to be represented by someone well versed in the law, civil procedures, local and state ordinances, rules, regulations, policies, and even the court room politics that always play out.

Ben Dodge always offers a complimentary in person consultation to all clients. For those who live out of state or are otherwise busy with work, etc. Ben will do a complimentary phone consultation as well. Typically the consultations are scheduled from 30-60 minutes depending on the severity of the case. You can expect to get answers to questions, clarity, information, and reassurance of your personal, family, or business issues. In your free consultation you can generally expect to discuss such topics as:

  • What your legal issue is really about.
  • Whether or not you have any chance of winning and how to make that possible.
  • Our unique and incredible fee structure making Dodge & Vega lawyers affordable for almost any budget.
  • Your specific case details, any pictures, police reports, or any other evidence you provide for his review.
  • The applicable local, state, and federal laws underlying your case.
  • Your rights, obligations, and any potential liability.
  • The process, procedure (in and out of court), and the time frame required to conclude your case.

You can call Arizona Lawyer Ben Dodge of Dodge & Vega, PLC at 1.480.656.8333. Mr. Dodge’s staff is standing and ready to accept your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Someone from our office will personally return your call within 24 hours to schedule an appointment with Mr. Dodge or one o his associate attorneys. There is never an obligation past a complimentary consultation with Mr. Dodge. His passion is in relentless representation and his entire office stands ready to serve with kindness, compassion, and patience. We strive to make a legal experience with our firm one of the most outstanding customer service experiences you will ever have and to do so without you having to go broke! Lawyers can be incredible and affordable. Let us show you how.

Dodge & Vega, PLC

Call Ben Dodge, your incredible Arizona Lawyer today at 1.480.656.8333.

Mr. Dodge can also be reached by email at [email protected]

His main Arizona offices are located at:

Mesa Arizona (home base office)
7227 E. Baseline Rd. STE 109,
Mesa, Arizona 85209

Phoenix Arizona office
2415 e. Camelback Rd., suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona 85016

Tucson Arizona office
One South Church Avenue, 12th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Mr. Dodge relentlessly represents clients in the entire state of Arizona including but not limited to Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Tempe, Chandler, Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Surprise, Kingman, Page, Lake Havasu City, Payson, Goodyear, Buckeye, Queen Creek, Paradise Valley, Show Low, Winslow, Maricopa, Nogales, Globe, Avondale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Carefree, Wickenburg, Pinetop-Lakeside, Strawberry, Anthem, Safford, and more. Ben Dodge is an experienced Arizona Personal Injury lawyer, Arizona Family Law lawyer, Arizona Divorce lawyer, Arizona Bankruptcy lawyer, Arizona Child Custody lawyer, Arizona Estate Planning lawyer, and an Arizona Bicycle Accident lawyer. He can cover all areas of family law, personal injury, bankruptcy and estate planning for you.