Peoria Family Law Solutions

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Divorce & family law firm in Peoria

Simonds Law Group is committed to finding Family Law Solutions for our clients. We are accessible, energetic, and have 25 years of combined litigation and strategic settlement experience. Our clients are important to us and we want to be an advocate that you can trust. We look forward to talking with you!

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Divorce is one of the most stressful and uncertain times in a person’s life. Difficult issues like creating a plan for minor children, dividing marital assets and debts, dealing with high-conflict personalities or substance abuse issues can make it even more challenging. Take the first step and consult with an experienced family law attorney to better understand your options and develop creative solutions for your family law goals.

Paternity establishment

Establishing paternity is the legal process to legally determine the biological father of a child and establish parenting time orders. Without formally participating in the Court process, an unmarried father does not have enforceable parental rights in Arizona. At the conclusion of a paternity case, parents will have a parenting plan, a legal decision-making authority designation, and child support will be established.

Our divorce services

Deciding to initiate or respond to a divorce is a stressful event. The process is not intuitive. The paperwork seems endless. With over 25 years of family law, litigation, and mediation experience, we’re here to help guide you through the process. Our attorneys advocate for practical solutions and want approach your case as efficiently as possible. If your marriage is irretrievably broken, we will assist you every step of the way and help you create solutions for your family law case.

Professional family law team

Meet our team

Chris Simonds

Attorney at Law

Chris represents clients with compassion and is committed to finding solutions to family law cases. He is proud to have developed and pioneered the “Divorced in a Day” program and advocates strategic mediation and settlement. Chris has been lead counsel in over 20 jury trials and countless bench trials.

Kate Simonds

Attorney at Law

Kate has practiced family law for over a decade. She is a zealous advocate for clients and has extensive litigation experience at both bench and jury trials. Kate is thrilled to be part of the Peoria community and enjoys all activities outdoors in the Arizona sun.

Barbara Mendoza


Barbara Mendoza is the managing paralegal at Simonds Law Group. With over 20 years of experience in family law, she brings a wealth of knowledge and is a caring point of contact. An Arizona native, she enjoys hiking, spending time with her family, and attending live music concerts.


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Here is a list of frequently asked questions related to family law:

What is family law, and what does it entail?

Family law is the branch of law that deals with domestic relations. This includes divorces, child custody issues, child support, enforcement and modification of family court orders, and allocation of property in a divorce.

How long does a divorce take?

One of the most common questions we receive from our clients is "How long will my divorce take?" There is not a consistent answer to this question because it really depends on the agreeability of the parties, the complexity of the case, and the court's schedule. The level of cooperation between you and your spouse is one of the most important factors regarding the length of time it takes. In our divorced in a day program, clients can resolve their case very quickly. Collaboarrtive divorces can be resolved in as little as a few months. In our experience, contested divorces generally last between 9 and 18 months.

Can I get a divorce without going to court in Arizona?

Yes! Through our Divorced in a Day program or using the Collaborative Divorce model, clients affirmatively opt to not involve the courts. Contact us to discuss the many benefits of either of these models to resolve your family law case.

How is child custody determined in Arizona?

In short, the courts must consider the “best interests of the child” in deciding legal decision-making (a term which many other jurisdictions call “custody”). Arizona Revised Statues 25-403 list the “best interest factors” for the court to consider in making the determination. This list is a balancing test, meaning the judge must consider all relevant factors in deciding this designation. Legal decision-making is the legal right parents have to make all non-emergency legal decision for their child regarding education, healthcare, religious training, and personal care decisions.

Contact us for more information

Have questions about Divorce in a Day? Our knowledgeable team is here to help. Contact us for more information and guidance on your collaborative divorce journey.

Simonds Law Group, PLLC

9051 W Kelton Ln Ste 1 Peoria, AZ 85382

(480) 433-9747

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