Family Law Firm serving Mesa and area

Practical Approach to Resolving Family Law Problems

At the Law Office of Donna M. Hougen, you learn you have choices. The law is generally provided to you and discussed with you, experts are made available to you, and conscientiously we work as a team to do our best with the fees and costs you can afford considering your lifestyle, ability and needs.

When you come to our firm for assistance, together we take a practical approach to legal needs. We analyze your situation with you and help focus you on relevant matter. While directing and guiding you, we tell you the truth about negative implications. We discuss your strengths along with the shortfalls of your case, and explore how to work through them together in a streamlined approach suitable your lifestyle saving you money where we can.

Divorce and Family Law matters are difficult, we want you to improve and not fall prey to difficult emotions and pain during this time. When we put together a plan to assist you with document gathering, it is customized to your needs. Throughout the process we stand by you, working together to forward and accomplish your goals while empowering you with legal knowledge of what relevance facts applied to the law in your case have.

While fearless in court, we are dedicated to resolving your family law disputes through non-litigation means of negotiation such as mediation or arbitration whenever possible. These methods save time, money and the stress of litigation. Sometimes after concerted efforts to negotiate fail, we determine alternative dispute resolution is not cost effective and resolve to go to trial to solve the issues. From the outset we prepare for court so when we do have to go to court we are ready. We implement a streamlined approach to prepare you for litigation or settlement allowing you to know what is at issue and the application and relevance of questions and documents. In this method, when matters do not settle we are prepared for aggressive action on your behalf in furtherance of your rights, vigorously addressing matters as well as strategically placing evidence before the trial court in order to for your rights.

We appear in Courts' throughout Arizona. Our main Arizona courts are in Maricopa County and Pinal County. We serve people throughout the State of Arizona, including clients' in Mesa, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix, San Tan Valley, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Pinal County including Apache Junction, Florence, Glendale, Paradise Valley, Goodyear, Yuma County, LaPaz County, Mohave County, as well as the Mountain Zone clients of Prescott, Sedona and Flagstaff and the White Mountains of Arizona. While we only address Arizona state legal issues, we are adept at information gathering in foreign jurisdictions when serving out of State clients' in need of Arizona representation including interstate child custody matters such as perfecting petitions to modify child custody, relocation petitions requesting to move out of state with a child, as well as perfecting and serving habeas corpus warrants in custody matters.

Handling Divorce, Family Law and Family Crime cases in Scottsdale and Mesa, Arizona since 1998.

For experienced, strategic and affordable representation for your family and family crime matters, call our law office at: (480) 535-8422 or contact our firm online to schedule a free consultation with your dedicated family law attorney.

    Divorce and Family Law Matters
  • Divorce With or Without Children
  • Paternity Actions and Lay In Costs
  • Alternative Lifestyle Partnership Agreements
  • Partition Actions of Real and Personal Property
  • Community Property
  • Separate Property
  • Transmutations of Property
  • Out of State Community Property
  • Community Property Liens
  • Retirement and Investment Assets
  • QDRO'S
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Gifts
    Child custody and visitation
  • Joint Legal and Joint Physical Custody
  • Sole Legal and Sole Physical Custody
  • Parental Communication Issues
  • Parental Fitness Issues
  • Supervised Visitation Plans
  • High Conflict Parenting Plans
  • School and Work-oriented Parenting Plans
  • Age-based Parenting Plans
  • Interstate Child Custody and Long Distance Parenting Plans
  • Holiday and School Breaks
  • Conflicting Religion Issues
  • School Conflicts
  • Grandparent Rights
  • In Loco Parentis Rights
  • Custody by non-parents
  • Child Interviews
  • Parenting Conferences and Reports
  • Limited Scope Custody Evaluations
  • Custody Evaluations
  • Appointments of Best Interest Attorneys
  • Appointment of Parenting Coordinators
  • Therapeutic Interventionists
  • Drug abuse counseling
  • Parenting classes
  • Drug Court
    Child and spousal support
  • Spousal Maintenance/Alimony
  • Vocational Evaluations
  • Ability and Disability
  • Wasted Ability Analysis
  • Retirement Needs
  • Health Care Needs
  • Cost of Living and Lifestyle Analysis
  • Long-term Marriage Analysis
  • Needs-based Analysis
  • Attorney Fee needs
  • Guideline Child Support
  • Special Needs Child Support
  • Support for Gifted Children
  • Child Support Past age 18
  • Child Medical Assistant Support
  • Support Arrest Warrants
  • Child Support Enforcement Court
  • Civil Contempt
    Asset division and protection, debt distribution
  • Pre and post marital agreements protecting current and future property and income acquisitions
  • Temporary Orders for preventing transfers, sales, destruction, concealment, fraudulent disposing and/or other protection of community assets
  • Acquisition of Experts for Division of Assets including, real property matters, evaluations and separations of business interests, division of businesses goodwill and buyouts, division of investment accounts (State and Federal Government Pensions, Military Pensions, Roth IRA and Defined Benefit Plans, Roth and general 401K plans, stock options and employee benefit plans including but not limited to Employee Profit Sharing and Vested and Unvested incentive options
  • Appointment of Real Estate Commissioners and Special Masters
  • Trust Divisions
  • Business valuations including forensic accounting, market valuation, valuation of good will, determination of market value of labor and a business's profit and loss over time
  • Enforcement of Property Settlement Agreements (Short sale and/or refinancing of residences, enforcing obligation to pay debts, division of community assets, division of retirement benefits, equalization payments)
    Family crimes and misdemeanors
  • Domestic violence
  • Orders of Protection
  • Exclusive use and possessions of the family home
  • Workplace harassment
  • Temporary restraining orders
  • Stalking
  • Telephone intimidation
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Minor in possession of drugs or alcohol
  • Child Support Arrest Warrants
  • Custodial Interference
    Alternative Dispute Resolution and Representation
  • Negotiations
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Conciliation Services
  • Resolution Management Conferences
  • High Conflict resolution
  • Limited Scope Representation