Tucson AZ Divorce Lawyer
Joy is a respected family attorney actively involved in the Tucson legal community. She has twenty-three years of litigation experience, and countless hours in the courtroom. She has guided hundreds of clients through difficult family problems, helping them to build new futures for themselves and their families. She has served as a private mediator, and has served the court for many years to facilitate settlement conferences.
Joy has lived in Tucson nearly 25 years. She received her Bachelor of Science from the Miami University where she was actively involved in a wide range of student issues, She was a member of an honorary scholastic fraternity and graduated in three years. After college, Joy lived in the Saudi Arabia while working for Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, and returned to California go to law school. Joy received her Juris Doctor degree from the prestigious Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and accomplished it while employed full time by Shell Oil Company. She relocated to Tucson in 1988, where she was active in alpaca ranching for many years. She served on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona for eight years.
Joy made a commitment to practice in the area of family law after experiencing first-hand the heartache of a bitter custody battle and the effects of a corrupt court system in another State. She is personally dedicated to the welfare of her clients and their children in a way few lawyers demonstrate. Joy finds that helping clients to successfully restructure their families and advocating for the client’s best interests in a complex legal system to be very rewarding.
It is vital to remember that parents will have to be able to make joint decisions regarding children for many years after the lawyers have dissolved their relationship, and that two parents cooperating and nurturing their children give kids the best chance to become healthy, productive adults. Because of that perspective, Joy believes that it is important to practice family law in a manner that preserves a civil relationship between separating parents to the fullest extent possible. Joy also understands, however, that sometimes mediation and negotiation fail, and when that occurs she is fully prepared to take a case all the way through trial to be sure you, the client, get the best possible results.
Christina Muir has been a member of the Arizona State Bar since 2018. She joined Elkins & Associates, P.L.L.C in August 2017.
Christina grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut, and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona when she was sixteen years old. Christina is an alumnus of Arizona State University, graduating in May 2014 with a Bachelors in Philosophy, two minors in Justice Studies and English Literature, and a certificate in Ethics. Christina graduated Magna Cum Laude.
In May 2017, Christina graduated from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. While in law school, Christina served as the President of the Family and Juvenile Law Association for two years, and as an Article Editor for the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law. Christina spent the majority of her second year writing her thesis on child custody law as it pertained to families continuously exchanging children between the United States and Mexico border. This topic was and continues to be very relevant to the parenting styles that exist along the Southern Arizona region. Christina maintained membership in the Student Bar Association, Law Women’s Association, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and American Bar Association.
Christina also pursued work in several clinics, most notably, the Child and Family Law Clinic. During her time in the Child and Family Law Clinic, Christina represented several children in dependency cases. Christina dealt with issues such as child abuse and neglect, visitation, adoption, and termination of parental rights. The other clinics include: Southern Arizona Legal Aid Wills Clinic, and Southern Arizona Gender Alliance Name and Gender Marker Clinic.
Christina aimed to keep busy during her summers in law school. She clerked for Judge Bibbens (Family Law Bench, Pima County Superior Court) in Summer 2015. In Summer 2016, Christina interned for the Pima County Office of Children’s Counsel. Finally, Christina interned for Karp & Weiss, P.C. from December 2016 to May 2017.
Since entering the practice of law, Christina has been active in the following family law matters: dissolution proceedings, child custody (legal decision making and parenting time), orders of protection, pre- and post- nuptial agreements, establishment of paternity, equitable distribution of assets and debts, modification of parenting time and legal decision making, etc.
Outside of practice, Christina is happiest when she is surrounded by family, friends, and animals. Christina loves to snowboard, ride her horse, and travel whenever possible.