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Firm Partner Spencer T. Schiefer Appointed to the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee

Exciting news!  Firm partner Spencer Schiefer was recently appointed to serve on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee in the State Bar of Arizona.  Mr. Schiefer will serve a three-year term on the committee.  The primary goal of the committee is to protect consumers of legal services by addressing the myriad problems caused by individuals and businesses engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.  Mr. Schiefer looks forward to serving on this committee and helping individuals with their legal problems in a new way.  Mr. Schiefer will continue serving his existing clients and will continue taking on new family law cases.

Supreme Court Decision: Gay Marriage is Legal in All 50 States

This morning, the United States Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage in all 50 states.  For more information about this historic decision, read the following article courtesy of the President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers:

Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. I have asked Michigan AAML Fellow Ric Roane, who created and chaired the AAML LGBT Committee and served as the Academy’s official observer at the Court – where he witnessed the oral arguments firsthand – to help prepare this blog about the historic decision in which the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers filed an amicus brief.

With this landmark civil rights decision, the United States Supreme Court has declared very clearly and simply that “Marriage is Marriage” regardless of whether the couple are same-sex or opposite sex. It holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all states.

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Same Building New Suite

Ellsworth Family Law, P.C. has moved across the hall! Though our journey was short, we have successfully moved to our new suite, suite 200.  The new office is more spacious than the old, including two conference rooms.  This will allow us to be more accommodating for Meditations and Arbitration’s, and improve our client’s overall experience.

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Steven Ellsworth Elected to the National Board of Governors of the AAML

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Steven M. Ellsworth, a Certified Family Law Specialist in Mesa, has recently been elected to represent the Arizona Chapter on the National Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). Steven M. Ellsworth has been a Fellow of the AAML since 2010, and will serve on the Governing Board for the next three years (2017).

This is a highly regarded honor, seeing as the AAML has promoted the “highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law” since 1962. The attorneys who become Fellows in the AAML are considered to be at the highest level of Family Law practitioners in the country. Currently, the AAML has nearly 1600 Fellows across the United states.

For more information about the AAML, click here.

Attorney At Law Magazine: Steven M. Ellsworth, Attorney of the Month


Steven M. Ellsworth

This certified family law specialist brings nearly 25 years of professional expertise to his practice.

By Vicki Hogue-Davies

When it comes to how he built his law career, Steven M. Ellsworth believes that his decision to specialize in family law was a major contributor to his success. Ellsworth, founder of Ellsworth Family Law in Mesa, Ariz., has practiced in his specialty area for nearly 25 years, helping hundreds of clients navigate through divorce and other life challenges. Continue reading

Gay Marriage Ban in Arizona Declared Unconstitutional

A U.S. District judge issued a ruling on Friday, October 17, 2014, overturning Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriages. Arizona’s attorney general, Tom Horne, also announced that he would not appeal the decision, believing there would be virtually no chance of having the ban upheld on appeal. Horne’s announcement was followed by the immediate issuing of marriage licenses and marriages of many same-sex couples in Arizona. The ruling ushers in a new era for family law attorneys in Arizona who will likely see an increase of cases involving same-sex couples, including divorces and pre-nuptial agreements. A story regarding the ruling and its aftermath can be found here: