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Tiffany Benz

Paralegal

Journey To Family Law

I stumbled upon family law when I represented myself through my own divorce at 22 years-old. I was a single Mother scraping by as a criminal and tax law paralegal at the time. A co-worker, turned fried, who worked for a family law attorney helped me navigate my way through what could have been a devastating outcome. I realized that I wanted to make the switch in the area of law from criminal/tax law to family law. So, I went back to college and got my associates degree in the fall of 2016, and then transferred to ASU to finish my bachelors degree. In January 2017, a family member had their 4 children removed from their care due to neglect and substance abuse. The children were placed with me and my husband. We went from 3 kids to 7 overnight (ranged from 13 years old to 11 months). When it became apparent that this person had no intention to get their children back, I had to turn the children over to DCS for placement. During their placement, I acted as the advocate to ensure they stayed connected to family and each other. After a long two-years, all the children were adopted into loving homes and it could not have turned out better. I graduated from ASU with a bachelors in criminology and criminal justice with a minor in social welfare on December 11, 2018, which was the same day the children were adopted! It was a bittersweet day in so many ways. I believe that everything happens for a reason. Without these experiences, I would not have realized that Family Law is where I belong. Now I get to help other families, not just my own.

Favorite Types Of Cases

Helping men and women advocate for their families. I particularly enjoy working with male clients. There is a myth that Arizona is a Mother’s State, and that’s just not the case! It is so rewarding when both parents get joint decision-making and equal parenting time. Overall, my favorite part is helping families overcome the devastating impact of divorce.

My favorite type of case is one where our client knows what they want. There is nothing more challenging than to create a strategy and switch it up in the middle of the case. It ends up costing the client more money and it also draws out the process longer. I also enjoy cases that involve representing survivors/victims of domestic violence, abuse, substance abuse, etc. I absolutely love creating legal arguments and advocating for the protection and safety of the victim and/or children.

Education And Experience

I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. My parents divorced when I was 5 or 6, and it was a toxic and traumatic experience. During my early childhood DCS was involved, my siblings and I were separated and placed out of the home for periods of time, I struggled in school academically, and I was often left home alone to care for my siblings. My Mother eventually moved to Tempe, Arizona the summer between elementary school and Jr. High. I think the move was a smart one because once my parents had a fresh start in a new place, they were able to adapt and overcome their issues. They still struggled to get along, and that was annoying but overall I had a good childhood. Again, I am a firm believer that our experiences make us who we are, and impact us through adulthood.

Bachelor of Arts – BA, Criminology and Social Work

  • Minor in Social Welfare

Tiffany Benz

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