Erik C. Bergstrom
While each person and situation are unique,
most of my clients share a common quality: The desire to progress through an
extremely difficult chapter in their life, and to move forward to a better
future. My role is to help them achieve that objective.
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"Excellent attorney and strong advocate for his
clients. While he fights for his client he is also reasonable and willing to
resolve issues without litigation if in the best interest of the client/family."
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Erik Bergstrom focuses his practice on divorce and family law,
with an emphasis on complex cases involving business ownership; residential and
commercial real estate holdings; and division of investment accounts, retirement
plans and pension benefits. Such matters often involve valuations of interests
in limited liability companies, partnerships and corporations; allocations of
trust assets; and determining the community or separate property character of
all types of real and personal property.
Erik's clients benefit from his experience and track record
of success in divorces involving substantial business, professional practice and
real property assets. The following cases illustrate the nature and complexity of
matters in which Erik has successfully represented family law clients:
Business and Real Estate. Negotiated a complete settlement
of a multi-million-dollar marital estate involving a family business, multiple
partnership interests and several real property holdings.
Retroactive Child Support. Obtained the complete dismissal (and an award of attorney’s
fees) against a client's former spouse who sought retroactive modification of
Medical Practice and Entity
Structuring. Negotiated a complete settlement of a complex divorce
involving a medical practice, multiple real estate holdings, and complicated layers
of partnerships, corporations and trusts.
Foreign Jurisdiction. Obtained the dismissal of a divorce case in which the spouse
resided in a foreign country, successfully arguing the applicability of the forum non conveniens
doctrine. That doctrine provides that courts may refuse to take jurisdiction
over matters in which there is a more appropriate forum or jurisdiction
available to the parties.
Child Support Defense. Successfully defended a client against a $6,500 claim of child support arrearage, based on subject matter jurisdiction objection.
Erik's clients benefit from his knowledge and skill in a
variety of important divorce, family law and post-decree issues, including:
Divorce (formally known as "dissolution of marriage"), including
legal decision-making (custody), parenting time,
support, spousal maintenance, and division of property and debts.
Post-decree matters, including enforcement and modification
of decision-making, parenting time, child support, spousal
maintenance and property settlements.
Premarital agreements, drafting and enforcement.
Experienced with all types of family law proceedings,
including Emergency Hearings, Temporary Orders Hearings, Trials, Post-Trial
Motions and Appeals.
Other family law matters, including grandparent's
visitation and in loco parentis visitation.
Substantial experience in complicated interstate custody
and child support matters, jurisdictional disputes and issues arising under
the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and the Uniform
Interstate Family Support Act.
Substantial experience with expert witnesses in family
law matters, including parental decision-making (custody) evaluations, business valuations, forensic
accountings, division of retirement and pension benefits and other financial
Appeals of all types involving family law matters,
including Special Actions, Lower Court Appeals, and Petitions for Review, at
all levels including Superior Court, the Arizona Court of Appeals and the
Arizona Supreme Court. Erik's recent divorce-related appeals have involved abuse
of discretion and lack of supporting findings in legal decision-making (child
custody) and parenting time disputes; grandparent's visitation and applicable
burdens of proof; characterization of jointly titled bank accounts and
commingled funds; effect and enforcement of disclaimer deeds; division of
military retirement benefits; and proper jurisdiction under the Uniform Child
Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act.