Supreme Court of the United States Issues Opinions in Merrill and Howell, Clarifying Division of Veteran Disability Pay

The Supreme Court of the United States recently ruled on two cases that directly impact how veteran disability pay will now be divided in the divorce context: Howell v. Howell and Merrill v. Merrill (Petition for Review was granted in light of Howell and sent back to Arizona Supreme Court). Interestingly, both cases are from Arizona (and… Continue reading Supreme Court of the United States Issues Opinions in Merrill and Howell, Clarifying Division of Veteran Disability Pay

Bobrow v. Bobrow

This case is interesting because it clarifies the gift presumption as it applies to community expenses paid with separate property after the community is terminated. It is also important because it eliminates the issue of using different attorney's fees standards in family court once and for all. This is actually a big issue when it comes to pre-nups because many pre-nups have a clause stating that some other attorney's fees standard will be used other than the one in A.R.S. § 25-324. Finally, this case is important because it shows that nothing really matters if you waive a claim. It is exceedingly important to include all relevant claims in petitions and pre-trial statements, otherwise you lose them.