Division of Property and Debt

When couples divorce, the division of property is often one of the most highly contested matters they experience. The assets that once supported one household must now support two, and making this transition can be difficult. But the attorneys at the Law Office of Karen Schoenau are here to help. Our attorneys use years of experience and an in-depth knowledge of the law to help you achieve the best possible results in property division matters.

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The Law on Division of Property

Arizona is a community property state. This means that, under Arizona law, assets, wages and earnings acquired during the marriage are presumed to be owned equally by both spouses. There are a few exceptions to this:

  • Property owned by one spouse before the marriage
  • Property one spouse received as a gift
  • Property one spouse received through a will or inheritance

Arizona community property law says that, unless couples agree differently, both husband and wife divide community property equally when they divorce. The law also says that both are responsible for debts acquired during the marriage regardless who incurred the debt.

At the Law Firm of Karen Schoenau, we can guide you through these complex issues. Our attorneys are focused on protecting your interests. Paying close attention to detail, they make sure that you get the positive results you depend on to move forward with your life.

Don’t Just Search the Internet — Talk to a Lawyer

Are you looking for the answer to a property division question? While there is a nearly unlimited amount of legal information on the Internet, talking with an attorney is the best way to get the answers you need. Talk with attorney Karen Schoenau by contacting us at 480-209-1918 or toll free at 888-453-1437.

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Karen is highly respected in the legal community. She is effective and thorough. Karen just keeps going regardless of the odds.
Karen was extremely helpful setting up my petition for conciliation. She is by far the most knowledgeable attorney regarding the necessary paperwork, how to file the petition and where it has to be submitted. She listened intently when I was describing my situation and intentions. She was very responsive to my questions and request. She is trustworthy and diligent . I would recommend her to anyone having marital issues. Mark
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Karen and Bonita are wonderful!! I know that the word "wonderful" is used a lot, but the team they make and the work they did for me can only be described as WONDERFUL!! Yes there where ups and downs in my case, but that is the system and Karen along with Bonita guided and taught me as "WE" went through it together. Karen’s easy going manner and her knowledge really helped me with the emotional part of my divorce. I used the team of Karen and Bonita both times I needed to go to court with my ex and had results that were best for my little girl. Some times I did not get what I wanted, but it was what my daughter needed. Looking back at my case, I made the right choice and would do it again in a heart beat!! Jim
Karen was extremely supportive during a very trying time in our lives. She helped me to put things in perspective and think positive when I was overwhelmed. She is very knowledgeable about the laws pertaining to grandparents rights and the rights of the parents and knew how to provide the appropriate laws pertaining to the situation we were in. I am so grateful for her expertise and guidance. She proved to be very aggressive when she needed to be but was also supportive to my and my children. I would recommend her to anyone in a similar situation. Deanna