Ruth M. Swenson, LLC

Ruth M. Swenson, LLC


Firm Overview

Providing insightful, experienced representation on the issues that affect your family

Ruth M. Swenson, LLC is a law firm in Mesa, Arizona that concentrates on family law, child custody and domestic violence cases. Since 1993 we have adeptly handled cases involving contentious custody and child support matters. We handle difficult, emotionally charged issues that stem from domestic abuse and sexual assault, and we strive to break the cycle of violence and balance the power dynamic that has often put our clients at a disadvantage within their relationships.

Why we are different

At our law firm, you find a compassionate lawyer with more than 25 years of experience and a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Because we typically represent those with unequal power in their relationships, we understand the importance of listening to our clients' entire stories and offering options and guidance to most effectively resolve their individual cases.

Many of our clients come to attorney Ruth Swenson through referrals from other attorneys, social workers, psychologists, court systems, and police officers called to domestic disputes. She is often the final stop for her clients, after meeting with other family law attorneys. This is because relatively few other firms in the area have the experience, confidence and strength to handle your complex divorce cases. Our firm has built its reputation in Maricopa County on helping clients through contentious custody battles and representing clients against abusive partners.

In addition to her solo practice, Ruth is a trained mediator for private mediations and pro-tem judge for settlement conferences held through the Maricopa County Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program, so she knows how best to assist you in negotiations to reach compromises that work with your life and your family's needs. Still she knows that mediation, collaborative divorce and fair negotiation are not possible for every family or family law issue, so she is ready to go to court to argue on your behalf.

Any family law case is an extremely personal, deep-rooted matter. Ruth is sensitive to that and helps clients reach resolutions they can live with, and resolutions they would not reach without competent legal representation in court.

Advocacy beyond the courtroom

Calling Ruth M. Swenson, LLC means you get started on your case right away with effective, strong, compassionate, experienced legal counsel that extends beyond the courtroom. If you need or could benefit from additional guidance, Ruth knows the most helpful resources in Maricopa County and can help you begin anew both legally and personally.

Contact our law firm

The law firm of Ruth M. Swenson, LLC is located in Suite 230, First Financial Plaza, 1550 South Alma School Road (Holmes and Alma School entrance to Mesa's Fiesta Mall), which is easily accessible by public transportation. She serves clients from all over Arizona, with a focus on those in Maricopa County. To begin resolving your family law, divorce, child custody or domestic violence legal matter, call 480.649.3044 or contact us online today.

Main Office

Main Office
1550 S. Alma School Road, Suite 230
Mesa AZ 85210-2074





At the law office of Ruth M. Swenson, LLC, we represent clients in Metro Phoenix and throughout Arizona in family law issues spanning pre-marital, dissolution and post-divorce phases of relationships. Attorney Ruth Swenson's 25 years of legal experience and our knowledgeable staff allow clients to feel comfortable and confident when resolving domestic issues, including:

Legal separation
Domestic violence
Custody and parenting time
Child support and arrears
Divorce mediation
Spousal maintenance (alimony)
Property and debt division
Temporary orders
Emergency orders
Restraining orders
Injunctions against harassment
Premarital agreements
Child Protective Services
Modifications and enforcements
We are prepared and capable of resolving cases through mediation, arbitration and litigation whichever method works best for your interests, your relationship and your future.

Divorce in Arizona

Every relationship, every marriage is different. Ruth's experience, knowledge and demeanor make her well suited to handle issues in all types of divorces, from simple to complex and extremely combative. Many of our firm's cases involve bitter custody disputes and domestic violence.

In each case, we meet with our clients, discuss the matters at hand, and, considering the particulars of your relationship, determine your objectives and the optimal methods of attaining them.

Contact the firm

The law firm of Ruth M. Swenson, LLC is located in Suite 230, First Financial Plaza, 1550 South Alma School Road (Holmes and Alma School entrance to Mesa's Fiesta Mall), which is easily accessible by public transportation. She serves clients from all over Arizona, with a focus on those in Maricopa County. To begin resolving your family law, divorce, child custody or domestic violence legal matter, call 480.649.3044 or contact us online.

Ruth M. Swenson

Ruth M. Swenson, LLC

Family law and domestic violence lawyer in Mesa, Arizona

Ruth Swenson's passion for advocating change began as a special education teacher in Colorado.

Working within the special education system brought to light issues that needed policy revision or legal intervention to rectify. As a passionate and committed educator, Ruth spoke openly among colleagues about the need for change, and she ultimately decided obtaining a law degree was the most effective way to achieving needed changes.

A practice built on compassionate representation and fair resolutions

Since graduating from the University of Nebraska College of Law with her Juris Doctor, Ruth concentrated in the area of practice that matters most to the people around her family law. Her educational background provides her with the practicality, patience, understanding and zeal to help her clients and see them succeed. Her knowledge of special education uniquely equips her to handle education-based issues and family law cases involving clients and children with special needs. In all, she strives to provide her clients with the chance to resolve legal issues fairly and justly.

Since 1993 Ruth has operated her own law firm, now a solo-practice, Ruth M. Swenson, LLC, in Mesa. She is able to assist clients in divorce mediation, collaborative divorce and litigation in her private practice. She also serves as Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa County Superior Court's Family Law Division, which allows her to hear both sides of family law cases and assist the parties and their attorneys if represented to settle some or all of their family law issues prior to the final hearing or trial.

Admitted to bar

Arizona, 1986
United States Federal Court, 1988

University of Nebraska at Lincoln College of Law, J.D., 1985
Illinois State University, M.S., Education, 1976
University of Northern Colorado, B.A., Special Education, 1971
Practice areas

Family law
Child custody
Child parenting time
Child support
Collaborative divorce
Post judgment modification
Domestic violence
Spousal maintenance
Vocational rehabilitation issues
Administrative reviews
Social Security issues
Special education issues
Professional memberships and associations

Maricopa County Bar Association
Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 1994 1997
East Valley Bar Association
Committee on Child Support
Arizona Judicial Council 1992, 1994 & 1996
Arizona State Bar, Administrative Law Section, 1993 1996
Board Member
Tamara's Hope, Advocacy Organization, 1994 1997
Member, Board of Directors
State Bar of Arizona, Public Lawyers Section
Past Member, Board of Directors
Arizona State Bar, Family Law Section
National Federation of the Blind of Arizona
Board of Directors
Employment experience

Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa County Superior Court, Family Law Division
Ruth M. Swenson, LLC, Sole Practitioner, 2004 Present
Swenson and Brown, P.L.L.C., Partner, 2000 2004
Ruth M. Swenson, LLC, Sole Practitioner, 1993 2000
Community Legal Services, Eastside Office, Maricopa County, Managing Attorney, 1991 1993
Community Legal Services, Eastside Office, Maricopa County, Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence Project, 1988 1993
State Services for the Visually Impaired, Lincoln, Nebraska, State Consultant for the multi-disabled/blind, 1977 1982
Kansas Neurological Institute, Topeka, Kansas, Resource Room Teacher for the blind/multi-handicapped, 1972 1973
Kansas Neurological Institute, Topeka, Kansas, Teacher for the deaf/blind/multi-handicapped, 1971 1972
Certification and specialization

Specialized Mediation Training