Pahl & Associates

The law firm of Pahl & Associates provides a wide range of family law and asset protection services to individuals and families throughout Southern Arizona.

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Whether you are facing a contentious divorce or a bitter Legal Decision Making battle, our lawyers have the skills and expertise to fight for a resolution that will be in your best interests - and the best interests of your family.

For some people, the law is merely a job. For the attorneys at Pahl & Associates, it is a calling. We care about each of our clients personally. Whether litigating an issue through trial or crafting a fair and amicable settlement, we can help you realize your goals. While many attorneys shy away from complex family law disputes, we will never hesitate to aggressively advocate on your behalf in court. At the same time, we recognize that even though the marriage may be coming to end, the family relationship that was created will never be completely dissolved - especially in cases involving children. For these reasons, we strive to help you obtain an amicable resolution that protects your interests while preserving a practical, working relationship into the future.

A change in family status often necessitates a change in economic status as well. To make sure our clients and their legacies are taken care of, we engage in estate planning and asset protection to reflect these changed circumstances. We can help you draft or revise a will, or establish a living will or power of attorney that places your care and affairs in the hands of someone you trust should the need arise.
Main Office

Main Office
6400 East Tanque Verde Road, Suite 150
Tucson  AZ  85715

Phone
  • 520-628-1111
Child Custody
Pahl & Associates will represent your Child Custody legal matters.
From their Tucson office, the attorneys at Pahl & Associates help individuals and families throughout Southern and Southeastern Arizona, from Maricopa to Cochise County, with a wide variety of family law issues.
Child Support
Sometimes, spouses may desire to live apart yet remain married for religious, financial, or other reasons.
A legal separation can provide definite boundaries for the parties to live as though divorced, yet without the finality of a divorce, leaving open the possibility of a reconciliation. Another reason to seek a legal separation is when neither party meets the 90-day residency requirement to file for a divorce. A separation agreement can address all the issues of a divorce, and its terms are given effect by an enforceable judicial decree.

-Legal Decision Making
-Visitation / Parenting Time
-In Loco Parentis
-Child Support
-Spousal Maintenance / Alimony
-Property Settlement
Divorce
Arizona is a no-fault state, meaning that in a divorce, one party does not have to prove fault or blame on the other party.
Rather, a dissolution of marriage can be granted on the basis that the marriage is "irretrievably broken." Grounds for a divorce must be pled and proven only if the parties had entered into a "covenant marriage," which provides a higher standard for dissolution.

The residency requirement in Arizona mandates that at least one spouse be a resident of the state for a minimum of 90 days before one may file for a divorce. After the process has begun, a divorce cannot be granted in less than 60 days from the date the petition is served on the other spouse. This process can take considerably longer if there are complex issues of child Legal Decision Making or support, property division, or spousal maintenance to resolve.

If the parties cannot come to an agreement between themselves on how to resolve the issues in the divorce, the final determination will be made by the judge following a trial. Our office can help you in resolving all the issues in your case, from the equal distribution of marital property to the calculation of child support.
-Legal Decision Making
-Visitation / Parenting Time
-In Loco Parentis
-Child Support
-Spousal Maintenance / Alimony
-Property Settlement
Family
From their Tucson office, the attorneys at Pahl & Associates help individuals and families throughout Southern and Southeastern Arizona, from Maricopa to Cochise County, with a wide variety of family law issues, including:
Divorce:
Arizona is a no-fault state, meaning that in a divorce, one party does not have to prove fault or blame on the other party. Rather, a dissolution of marriage can be granted on the basis that the marriage is "irretrievably broken." Grounds for a divorce must be pled and proven only if the parties had entered into a "covenant marriage," which provides a higher standard for dissolution.

The residency requirement in Arizona mandates that at least one spouse be a resident of the state for a minimum of 90 days before one may file for a divorce. After the process has begun, a divorce cannot be granted in less than 60 days from the date the petition is served on the other spouse. This process can take considerably longer if there are complex issues of child Legal Decision Making or support, property division, or spousal maintenance to resolve.

If the parties cannot come to an agreement between themselves on how to resolve the issues in the divorce, the final determination will be made by the judge following a trial. Our office can help you in resolving all the issues in your case, from the equal distribution of marital property to the calculation of child support.
-Legal Decision Making
-Visitation / Parenting Time
-In Loco Parentis
-Child Support
-Spousal Maintenance / Alimony
-Property Settlement

Legal Separation:
Sometimes, spouses may desire to live apart yet remain married for religious, financial, or other reasons. A legal separation can provide definite boundaries for the parties to live as though divorced, yet without the finality of a divorce, leaving open the possibility of a reconciliation. Another reason to seek a legal separation is when neither party meets the 90-day residency requirement to file for a divorce. A separation agreement can address all the issues of a divorce, and its terms are given effect by an enforceable judicial decree.
-Legal Decision Making
-Visitation / Parenting Time
-In Loco Parentis
-Child Support
-Spousal Maintenance / Alimony
-Property Settlement

Paternity:
If the child's parentage was never established, this issue often surfaces during a divorce proceeding. Only a legal father has a right to Legal Decision Making and visitation, and only a legal father has a responsibility to financially support his child. The court may order genetic testing in a proceeding to establish or challenge paternity.
-Legal Decision Making
-Visitation / Parenting Time
-In Loco Parentis
-Child Support

Post Decree:
The issuance of a decree is not always the last word in a divorce. Legal Decision Making and support orders can be modified upon a showing of changed circumstances, such as a change in either party's income or the needs of the child, or one party's desire to relocate. Also, failure to pay support or otherwise follow court orders can lead to enforcement actions, including proceedings for contempt of court. We help our clients through any of these eventualities.
-Contempt for Failure to Follow Court Orders
-Modifications of Legal Decision Making
-Modifications of Visitation / Parenting Time
-Modifications of Child Support
-Modifications of Spousal Maintenance / Alimony
-Relocation

Termination Of Parental Rights:
A stepparent adoption may sometimes be the best move for all family members, but it may necessarily involve the termination of another's parental rights. Unless the other parent agrees, this can only be accomplished upon proof of factors such as abuse, neglect, unfitness or abandonment, or a paternity proceeding establishing parental rights in another. Whether seeking to terminate another's rights, or fighting to save your own, you will likely need the assistance of an aggressive, experienced family law attorney who understands what is at stake and will fight for the best interests of the child and all family members involved.

Grandparents' Rights:
The court can grant reasonable visitation rights to grandparents if it is in the best interests of the child, in the event that the child was born out of wedlock, if the marriage of the parents has been dissolved for at least three months, or if one of the parents has been deceased or missing for at least three months. Great-grandparents may also be granted visitation rights under similar circumstances.

Other Legal Matters:
A divorce is a life-changing event, and as a consequence other legal matters may need to be attended to in order to reflect that change. For instance, your wishes for the distribution of your estate may have changed, but just as importantly, you will want to take measures to make sure you are taken care of in the event of physical or mental incapacity which renders you incapable of making or communicating decisions regarding your financial affairs and medical care.

Danette R. Pahl

As the founder of Pahl & Associates, Danette R. Pahl uses her experience and training as a former Tucson City Prosecutor to represent individuals and families in divorce proceedings. Whether at the negotiating table or inside the courtroom, Ms. Pahl aggressively advocates for the best interests of her clients and their kids, making sure that issues of community property division, spousal maintenance, child Legal Decision Making, and child support are resolved fairly and adequately to enable clients to successfully move on from the dissolution of the marriage or other family law disputes.

Education:
-J.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (1997)
-M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
-B.A., University of Illinois (1993)

Admissions:
-Arizona State Courts (1998)
-Wisconsin State Courts (1998)

Professional Associations/Memberships:
-Pima County Bar Association
-State Bar of Arizona
-State Bar of Wisconsin
Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Juris Doctorate , 1997

Erin K. Fox

Tucson native Erin K. Fox joined Pahl & Associates as an associate concentrating in the areas of domestic relations, family law, and juvenile law after spending several years as an attorney and law clerk in another Tucson firm.

Ms. Fox's practice has focused exclusively on the areas of family law and domestic relations extending back even to her time in law school at the University of Arizona. While there, Ms. Fox participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic for a year and a half, representing minors involved in dependency proceedings. Additionally, she participated in the Volunteer Lawyer Program as both a student volunteer and coordinator. Erin continues to assist indigent clients through the Volunteer Lawyer Program as an attorney, and was honored with the program's Attorney of the Month award in December 2009.

Education:
-J.D., James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona
-B.A., University of Notre Dame

Admissions:
-State Courts of Arizona

Professional Associations/Memberships:
-American Bar Association
-Pima County Bar Association
Education
  • James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona
    Juris Doctorate
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