Phoenix Family Lawyers
Law Firm OverviewDeShon Laraye Pullen, PLC is a family law firm located in Phoenix, Arizona.
Founding attorney DeShon Pullen is certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of Arizona and has extensive training in mediation and collaborative divorce. The lawyers have 30 combined years of legal experience and believe each client is best served by being an active participant in their case.
The DeShon Laraye Pullen, PLC legal team educates clients about the legal process and creates individually tailored strategies designed to achieve their goals and offer solutions to even the most complex and challenging family law matters.
Year this Office was Established: 2002
Areas of Law
Areas of Law Description
At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, we offer dedicated and aggressive advocacy in the following areas:
- Family Law
Our lawyers have extensive knowledge of the various options available to separating or divorcing couples. Some people start with a separation agreement and decide to move forward with a divorce. Others may be interested in relatively amicable, affordable and mutually empowering process such as divorce mediation or collaborative divorce. We determine what option works for your specific situation and seek to resolve the following issues: Property division; Child custody and visitation; Child support; and, Spousal maintenance.
*Child Custody and Visitation
In our practice, we strongly believe that children are unnecessarily placed in the middle of bitter custody or child support disputes and can be harmed by the crossfire between parents. It is our responsibility to guide our clients through the process in a way that minimizes difficult interactions with their former spouse, whether it is in court or at settlement meetings. We handle high-conflict custody cases and can facilitate parent coordination of parenting plans. We also have experience handling child custody relocation issues after a divorce.
Arizona has established child support guidelines to determine the amount of child support a noncustodial parent must pay. The guidelines are typically straight forward, but there may be circumstances present in your case that complicate the calculation or warrant a deviation from the Arizona Child Support Guidelines. An experienced attorney can explain the guidelines to you and ensure you maximize the guidelines and resulting child support order.
At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, we analyze whether it is appropriate to seek spousal maintenance. Our attorneys appreciate the economic and emotional value of reaching a negotiated alimony settlement when appropriate. However, we are prepared to use our trial experience to pursue your alimony case in court when there are no reasonable possibilities of settlement. Contact our Phoenix alimony attorneys today.
*Division of Property
In a community property state such as Arizona, it is important to seek assistance from attorneys who can properly address property valuation and property classification to ensure that your rights are fully protected. If you or your spouse own a business, it is important to have an attorney experienced with the legal issues surrounding business valuations.
If you are a grandparent who has been unreasonably denied visits with a grandchild, the law firm of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC can help you seek court-ordered visitation. With more than two decades of combined experience, our team of skilled family law grandparent visitation lawyers brings experienced representation to all types of legal situations. We assess every case and develop aggressive and success-oriented strategies that get results. We bring our attorneys' decades of experience in the family and civil courtrooms of the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas to every case we handle.
At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, our attorneys represent both fathers and mothers in paternity actions. We believe children have a right to a substantial relationship with both parents, whether or not their parents were married. While we believe a collaborative approach is best, especially the children, we realize that this approach only works if both parties are able to work together. If the other parent is unreasonable and refuses to agree to custody and parenting time that is in the best interests of your children, our Arizona custody and paternity lawyers fight to protect you and your children's interests.
*Termination of Parental Rights
Our firm can assist its clients in matters involving termination of parental rights and adoptions. In order to terminate parental rights, a Petition To Terminate Parental Rights must be filed in juvenile court. There are specific procedures that must be followed regarding the process and several court hearings. DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC has the experience and knowledge regarding the process and procedures in juvenile court.
DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC can also assist its clients with adoption cases. In an adoption matter, a Petition for Adoption is filed in juvenile court. Adoption matters require several court hearings and notices during the pending of the action. DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC is familiar with the specific procedures regarding adoption matters and is knowledgeable about the juvenile court requirements. In addition,DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC can handle cases involving the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in which there are separate and distinct procedures that have to be followed when a minor child falls under the ICWA.
Divorce decrees spell out the rights and obligations of each parent. However, you can go back to court to modify your divorce decree if your circumstances have changed and you meet other statutory criteria. At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, we will help you analyze the costs and benefits of seeking a modification. Our Arizona divorce attorneys appreciate the economic and emotional value of reaching a negotiated settlement when it is appropriate. However, we are prepared to use our trial experience to pursue your case in court when there are no reasonable possibilities of settlement. We will help you create an aggressive, winning strategy that draws on our lawyers years of family law experience.
If your ex-spouse is not doing what he or she was ordered to do in your divorce decree, you can go back to court to enforce the court order. People seek enforcement actions for many reasons. At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, we will help enforce your divorce decree. Our Arizona family law attorneys understand the economic and emotional value of reaching a negotiated settlement with your ex-spouse when it is appropriate. However, we are prepared to use our trial experience to pursue your case in court when there are no reasonable possibilities of settlement. We will help you create an aggressive, winning strategy that draws on our lawyers years of family law experience.
A partnership agreement is basically a premarital agreement for two people who live together but do not intend to get married. Since there is no common law marriage in Arizona, your unmarried partner might have no rights and no interest in your property (and vice versa) without a partnership agreement. In addition to unmarried couples, gay couples often draft partnership agreements to spell out financial arrangements before entering into a long-term relationship. At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, we will help you analyze the costs and benefits of premarital and partnership agreements. We will help you create an agreement that draws on our lawyers years of family law experience. Our goal is to help you obtain the result you want quickly, efficiently, and economically.
A guardian is a person who makes decisions on behalf of a ward. A ward can be a child or an adult incapacitated person. A guardian can make medical decisions and other life decisions on behalf of the ward. Located in Phoenix, and representing clients throughout the Phoenix metro area, the law firm of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC can assist you with your guardianship matter, including child guardianships and adult guardianships (parents and grandparents).
- Civil Litigation
At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC our strong civil litigation team is ready to represent your individual or business interests in commercial litigation, contract litigation, and arbitration. We aggressively pursue our clients' interests in matters such as: Breach of contract; Real estate disputes; Landlord-tenant disputes; Indemnification; Partnership disputes; Partnership dissolution and distribution of partnership debts and assets; Business Torts including fraud and tortious interference; Collections; and, Creditor and debt recovery liens and lawsuits. We understand the significant impact that litigation can have on both an individual and a company. Our Arizona business and civil litigation attorneys have successfully represented individuals and companies in complex litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Ms. DeShon L. Pullen
Alimony, Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Civil Litigation, Divorce
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