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Carissa K. Seidl

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Jaburg | Wilk
3200 North Central Ave., Suite 2000
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 602-248-1000
Fax: 602-248-0522
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019
Licensed in Arizona Since: 2005
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

Carissa K. Seidl, a Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star, has earned a reputation for providing honest and dedicated legal services to those living in Phoenix and surrounding Maricopa County who face delicate family law issues such as divorce or child custody. She is an active member of the Family Law section of the State Bar of Arizona and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She has been highly reviewd by her peers through Martindale-Hubbell and awarded as Client Champion in 2017 and 2018.  When she is not in the courtroom or the office, she is likely to be found at an Arizona Cardinals game, Arizona Diamondbacks game, on the yoga mat in the yoga studio, skiing, hiking or traveling. 

About Carissa K. Seidl

First Admitted: 2005, Arizona

Professional Webpage:


  • Judge Pro Tempore for Superior Court in Maricopa County 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Peer Reviewed Martindale-Hubbell
  • Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015-2017
  • 10 Best Family Law, 2015-2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Silver 2017,2018,2019,2020
  • Best Lawyers in America- Family Law, 2019, 2020

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities, 2014,2015,2016,2017,2018,2019,2020
  • Child Crisis Arizona, 2019, 2020
  •  Women of Influence committee for MASK (Mother's Awareness on issues affecting School-Aged Kids), 2016,2017,2018,2019,2020

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Ahwatukee Bar Association, Member
  • Jaburg Wilk Lean in Circle
  • Lawyers on Call, Family Law, Maricopa County
  • Family Law Section of the Maricopa County Bar Association, Executive Board Member, 2018-2019
  • Arizona Assoication Defense Counsel, Ladder Down Program, Member, 2017
  • State Bar of Arizona, Family Law Section, Member
  • National Association of Professional Women, Committee Co-chair, 2015
  • Family Practice and Procedure Committee for State Bar of Arizona, Member, 2016,2017,2018

Educational Background

  • Arizona State University, Bachelor's of Science, Major: Justice Studies, Minor: Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, 2002
  • J.D., Hamline University School of Law, 2005

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presented on the topic of spousal maintenance in Arizona at the Practicing Family Law; Avoiding Malpractice seminar presented by FAMlaw Seminars on April 17, 2014., Presenter, FAMlaw Seminars, FAMlaw Seminars, 2014
  • Why do estate planning documents need to be updated when a couple is getting divorced? This simple story illustrates one of the key reasons., Getting Divorced? Don’t Forget to Update your Estate Plan, 2019
  • Parental alienation is a term used in family law cases and typically found in families involved in high-conflict divorce or separation.  It is also known as resist/refuse parent-child relational problems. Many people believe that if a child resists or refuses contact with a parent - even temporarily - that alienation is the cause. This is not the case.  The allegation alone is a very strong allegation to make without underlying evidence supporting the allegation including very specific examples of behaviors.  To identify parental alienation, all evidence must be examined. Mental health providers and the Arizona family law courts need to make evidence-informed decisions about whether or not parental alienation is occurring or has occurred. Behaviors that are seen in parent alienating typically are behaviors that parents can use to manipulate a child’s feelings, behaviors and/or beliefs about the other parent.  This includes badmouthing the other parent, emotional manipulation, limiting or monitoring contact with the other parent and/or allowing the child to make adult decisions. Parental alienation must be differentiated from other conditions that might share similar features which are referred to as realistic estrangement, pathological bonding due to parental neglect, abuse or exposure to intimate partner violence.  The Arizona family law court - with the aid of appropriately trained mental health professionals - looks at the various indicators of alienation. Both professional and research-based evidence, suggest utilizing decision trees with questions to identify behavior indicators of alienation. Several scales and questionnaires have been developed to help measure alienation when allegations are made. Not all parents who engage in parental alienation behaviors are mentally ill or have an underlying mental health diagnosis. Psychopathology and personality disorders are also risk factors or possible indicators of alienation. Early intervention is the key to successful treatment. Court orders are necessary to protect the child’s right of access to both parents. Improve co-parenting and communication between the parties is a must.  Children who experience alienation suffer both short and long-term negative effects, typically manifesting as behavioral problems. Some studies have documented that it profoundly impacts the child’s capacity to form trusting intimate relationships., Parental Alienation is Not an Allegation to be Used Lightly, Sonoran Living, 2019
  • Divorce can be difficult enough without adding the complexity of a community owned business into the mix. There are important steps you should take to protect both the business - and yourself - during the divorce as the goal is to have a viable and profitable separately owned business when the divorce is finalized., Co-Author, Seven Tips if Getting Divorced and You Own a Business Together,, 2018
  • Getting Divorced? Four Cautionary Tips about Accessing Your Spouse’s Electronic Information, Co-Author,
  • Blended Families During the Holidays – Remember the Holidays are Supposed to be Fun!,
  • Getting Divorced? Helpful Tips About Social Media and Electronic Data,
  • Divorcing and Worried About Your Finances? A Promising Perspective,
  • Why Beneficiary Designations Should be Updated After Divorce,
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Office Location for Carissa K. Seidl

3200 North Central Ave.
Suite 2000
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Last Updated: 10/15/2021

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