Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Phoenix, AZ
Mitch is a State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist. Over the course of his thirty years practicing family law, the majority of his work has been in high conflict, complex domestic relations cases. He has helped high net worth clients address such issues as business and professional practice valuation, commingling of separate and community property, concealment of transactions either during the marriage or the divorce proceedings, attempted sales of businesses during dissolution and transfers of assets without consideration. Included in his area of expertise is presenting claims in determination or modification of spousal maintenance especially when the spouses do not have earning potential parity. In addition, Mitch has negotiated and drafted both pre and post marital agreements and has assisted clients in the enforcement of premarital agreements during divorce proceedings. He has represented parents when determining rights of decision-making, custody, and parenting time in cases involving complexities resulting from infidelity, substance abuse, sexual addiction, special needs and challenged children.
Mitch is a strong proponent of helping clients “opt out” of the judicial system by attempting resolution of issues through alternative means. Often opting out is the strategy that best suits his goal of maximizing the probability that each of his clients obtain a favorable outcome in his or her family law proceeding given their circumstances. Mitch is licensed to practice in Arizona and California.
- Imperfect Leads to Better - By creating a culture of continuous improvement and lifetime learning, each individual will grow, learn, and contribute to both their goals and the firm’s goals.
- Developing Personal Integrity - The expression of integrity is a virtue. Many of our JW Way Fundamentals reflect our aspiring to have cultural integrity throughout our firm. Fundamentals such as respect, truthful communications, honoring obligations, and accountability are all attributes of an integrity-centered organization.
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About Mitchell Reichman
First Admitted: 1982, California
Professional Webpage: http://www.jaburgwilk.com/our-people/mitchell-reichman
- Not all divorces need to be tried in court. Divorce mediation is an alternative the parties can choose instead of litigating their divorce in family law court and having the outcome decided by a judge. Mediation is a private process of resolving disputes by engaging a neutral third party who acts as a facilitator. , The Potential Benefits of Divorce Mediation, JaburgWilk.com
- There has never been a more challenging time for a valuation expert to render a supportable opinion about the value of a business or professional practice. The standard that governs a judge’s decision about the date to be used in valuing a business is whether the result is fair. , Business Valuations and Divorce During Pandemic, JaburgWilk.com
- In order to be eligible for a downward modification of child support or spousal maintenance, a person must establish a change in circumstances that is both substantial and continuing. The burden is on the party requesting the modification to demonstrate this change., Modification of Child Support or Spouse Maintenance, JaburgWilk.com
- One of the most anxiety-producing experiences for both a family law client and their attorney is navigating through the process relating to a Maricopa County temporary orders hearing. The client’s anxiety is easy to understand. , Navigating the Rapids Temporary Orders Hearings in Maricopa County, JaburgWilk.com
- Family law attorneys may have many “high-conflict” divorces in which parents cannot resolve their differences in either a business-like or amicable manner. Typically, there is on-going, unrelenting hostility between the parents. , Guiding Parents in a High-Conflict Divorce, JaburgWilk.com
- On September 21, 2018, the Executive Council of the Family Law Section of the State Bar, past and present Family Law Judges, as well as experienced practitioners, gave 24 participants the opportunity to hone their skills in the Family Law Trial College. , Strategies for More Effective Trial Presentations in Family Law Proceedings, JaburgWilk.com
- While Arizona judges had been making some parenting decisions in family law cases for many years, that recently shifted due to recent Arizona Court of Appeals decisions that have far reaching impacts on parents that cannot agree on decisions concerning their children. , Changes in Family Law Court Means One Parent Could Make Parenting Decisions, JaburgWilk.com
- The cultural creep towards Arizona family law judges making parenting decisions, has been altered with two recent decisions by the Arizona Court of Appeals – Nicaise v. Sundaram and Paul E. v. Courtney F. , New Limits on Court Ordered Therapy in Arizona, JaburgWilk.com
- We frequently represent clients who have engaged in some type of transaction with his or her spouse during the marriage that inadvertently causes them to lose certain rights to property unknowingly. This often happens in the context of acquiring or refinancing a home., Inadvertent Transmutation - How What was ‘Mine’ became ‘Ours’, JaburgWilk.com
- For many years divorced parents in Arizona - with equal parenting rights and an inability to agree on such decisions - could raise their differences to a family law judge. That judge would resolve the parent’s conflict by making decisions for them relating to that issue. However, that longstanding practice is over. , Family Law Judges Can No Longer Make Parental Decisions in Arizona, JaburgWilk.com
- Mediation is a voluntary process in which the parties jointly select a neutral third party facilitator to help reach resolution of all or some of the issues in their divorce proceeding. , How to Prepare for Mediation, JaburgWilk.com
- When representing high net worth individuals in divorce proceedings, frequently one of the assets is an ownership interest in a privately held business or professional practice. Establishing a value for the business can be one of the most hotly contested aspects of the divorce., Application of Discounts in Valuation of Interests in Privately Held Entities, JaburgWilk.com
- While there are many other fundamental values that are the underpinnings for our practice , an essential value is the need to demonstrate respect to everyone., Family Law Practice in a Values-Based Culture, JaburgWilk.com
- Representing a high-level executive in his or her divorce presents unique and recurring challenges to a Family Law practitioner. While every client's divorce has its own particular circumstances, representing high net worth senior level executives have certain commonalities among them regardless of their profession and industr, Challenges in Managing the CEO's Divorce, JaburgWilk.com
- The valuation of a business or professional practice in a divorce proceeding requires the resolution of unique issues. Among the most significant of these issues are the valuation date and the standard of value to be applied. In Arizona, judges have the discretion to decide these issues by considering specific factors that are typically unique to the particular circumstances of the case presented., Business and Professional Practice Valuation in Divorce, JaburgWilk.com
- The divorce rate in the United States has been dropping during the past 20 years. However, divorce among spouses over 50 years old has doubled since 1990! The surge has spawned the term “gray divorce” for these older divorcing spouses., Issues in Gray Divorces, JaburgWilk.com
- Whenever a privately held business is among the assets in a dissolution proceeding, certain fundamental issues must be addressed in the context of determining the value of the business., Business Valuation in Divorce Choosing a Valuation Expert, JaburgWilk.com
- In Arizona, it is not uncommon for a spouse in a dissolution proceeding to assert a "waste" claim against the other spouse. The term "waste" does not appear in the Arizona statutes that define community property or relate to the dissolution of marriage. , Financial Issues in Divorce - Dissipation or "Waste" Claims, JaburgWilk.com
- The amount of time it takes for a divorce to be finalized is different in everyone's case and is driven by a variety of factors. , How long will it take for my divorce to be final?, JaburgWilk.com
- In recent years it has become more common for divorcing spouses to agree to jointly engage one expert to value the marital interest in a business or professional practice. While choosing one expert is not suitable for all situations, the potential benefits of using one expert include saving time in the process, reducing the cost of the valuation and increasing the possibility of negotiating a resolution based on the opinion of value rendered by the expert., Use of a Jointly Engaged Valuation Expert in a Divorce: How to Make the Process Work, JaburgWilk.com
- Arizona is a community property state which means all property acquired by either spouse during the marriage is, by statute, presumed to be community property. The characterization of property as either sole and separate property or community property is established at the time the property is acquired. , Why Arizona Business Owners Need a Premarital Agreement, JaburgWilk.com
- Nothing is more difficult than predicting what a judge will decide is the appropriate spousal maintenance award on any given set of facts. This uncertainty can be traced to the statutory factors that a judge is compelled to consider to decide if a person is entitled to receive spousal maintenance and if so, the amount and duration of the award. , How is Spousal Maintenance Determined?, JaburgWilk.com
- Getting divorced can be both emotionally exhausting and financially devastating. Couples may consider mediation as one method to transverse through the dissolution of their marriage with less acrimony and potentially at lower cost to the divorcing couple., Successfully Employing Mediation to Settle Issues in Your Divorce, JaburgWilk.com
- Arizona law requires custodial and non-custodial parents to provide "reasonable support" for their minor children. A.R.S. § 25-501(A). This obligation is not avoidable. In the midst of a divorce, the right to receive this support and the amount owed by each parent can be overlooked. , Arizona's Child Support Guidelines What Every Parent Should Know, JaburgWilk.com
- In many cases, one of the most contentious and difficult issues in a divorce proceeding is the valuation and distribution of marital property. When the marital community owns an interest in a business, this process can be complicated and expensive. , Business Valuation in Divorce Proceedings: Understanding of the Basic Approaches to Value, JaburgWilk.com
- Divorce mediation is a process of resolving disputes by engaging a neutral third party who acts as a facilitator, assisting the divorcing spouses in reaching an agreement., Potential Benefits of Divorce Mediation, JaburgWilk.com
- "Best Lawyers in America", Family Law (Divorce), Family Law Arbitration since 2013-2021
- Southwest Super Lawyer, 2009-2020
- Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
- Recognized as a "Top 10 Family Law Lawyer" by Arizona Business Magazine
Pro bono/Community Service
- Jaburg & Wilk Foundation, Board of Directors
- Certified Specialist, Family Law, State Bar of Arizona
- B.A., Arizona State University, 1979
- Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's Family Law Specialist Mitchell Reichman discusses what mediation and why being prepared is crucial. He also talks about what strategies are needed to be successful in mediation. For more information visit www.jaburgwilk.com., What is Mediation?, 2014
- Jaburg Wilk 's Family Law Specialist Mitchell Reichman discusses what community property is in regards to divorce. For more information visit www.jaburgwilk.com, Protecting Separate Property in Arizona
- Phoenix law firm Jaburg Wilk's Family Law Specialist discusses the process which occurs during a divorce proceeding. He talks about whether or not it is a requirement to be in court to testify, and gives options on completing divorce without a trial., Can I Complete My Divorce Without a Trial?, 2014
- Mitch Reichman, a board certified family law specialist discusses what a client should bring to the first meeting., What Should I Bring to MY First Meeting?
- From the beginning we have wanted to be different from other law firms. Different in how we treat our clients, different in how we treat each other, and different in the results we achieve. We call it 'The JW Way'. For more information visit www.jaburgwilk.com, The JW Way, 2014
- Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's Board Certified Family Law Specialist Mitchell Reichman discusses what Spousal Maintenance is and how it is determined., What is Spousal Maintenance and How is it Determined?, 2013
- Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2019
- Member, California State Bar, 1982
- Former Member of Domestic Relations Custody Study Group until the group disbanded
- Experienced in high-conflict divorces with substantial assets.
- U.S. District Court, District of Arizona.
- Board Member of the Executive Council of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona
- Particularly adept at critically analyzing and persuasively presenting information concerning business valuations and the cross-examination of business valuation experts.
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
- Member, Arizona State Bar, 1983
- Certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of Arizona
- Previously served on the Children's Behavioral Health Council by appointment from the President of the State Sentate
- Utilizes understanding of business, finances, accounting, and commercial litigation to assist high-income and high net-worth families divide large and often complex estates.
Last Updated: 5/15/2022