Maria P Stein

For over 25 years, Maria Stein has represented clients in family law matters throughout the Phoenix and east Valley area, including Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert and Queen Creek. Ms. Stein, along with her partner and husband, established the law firm of STEIN and STEIN, P.C. in 1984. The firm consists of its two founding attorneys, Henry and Maria Stein, along with their support staff.

Ms. Stein was born in New York in 1956 and later moved to Arizona in 1974 to attend the University of Arizona where she received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Arizona in 1980. She attended Arizona State University College of Law, graduating in 1983.

Since her admission to the Arizona State Bar in 1984, Ms. Stein has concentrated her practice in family law handling:

  • Contested and uncontested divorces
  • Custody and parenting time litigation, including relocation cases
  • Complex and high-value asset litigation, including those involving real estate, closely held businesses and/or professional practices; and
  • Post-Decree modification of custody, parenting time and/or child support proceedings.

During her over 25 years as a practicing family law attorney, Ms. Stein has served in many different capacities in the family law area, including serving on the Maricopa County Foster Care Review Board, serving as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court Family Court Division in Settlement Conferences, and volunteering time with the Family Law Assistance Program sponsored by the Maricopa County Bar Association. Ms. Stein is a licensed member of the State Bar of Arizona and belongs to the following other professional organizations/associations, as well: Maricopa County Bar Association, Family Law Section.

Although she has extensive experience in litigating cases, Ms. Stein's approach is to negotiate a just and equitable resolution of the client's issues, whenever possible. Of course, there are circumstances where litigation, although the last resort, is the only option. If that must be the case, then Ms. Stein is ready to protect your interests and litigate the matter to its conclusion. Ms. Stein provides extremely thorough and effective representation for her clients, insuring their interests are protected. Ms. Stein considers a large portion of success as doing whatever is necessary for you to feel secure and confident about your case and your goals -- and by listening. . .really listening. . .to your needs. From the beginning, she will take the time to really learn about your situation and she will build a case that is dedicated to achieving your personal goals. Ms. Stein's approach is also to be direct, honest, firm and reasonable... with opposing counsel and with you. When she provides you with an assessment of your case, she will do so in a straightforward manner you will get an accurate analysis of everything from cost, to strategy, to timeframe, to the steps you will need to take and which options may or may not be available to you. We want you to understand your case and we want you to be involved with the direction of your future... let us show you our definition of success for a fresh, new perspective in that direction!

Ms. Stein is also a trained mediator and she enjoys the reward found in working with two parties, together, in a neutral and impartial manner to assist them in reaching a mutually agreeable and acceptable solution to the contested issues at hand. Reducing conflict and tension in the divorce, post-divorce, custodial or separation proceedings is never an easy task, but it is immensely rewarding.

Ms. Stein has formerly served as a Parenting Coordinator with the Maricopa County Superior Court.

Ms. Stein is admitted to practice law in all state courts in the state of Arizona. Please click on the topics below for additional information about the following areas of Ms. Stein's practice:

  • Child Support
  • Child Custody and Parenting Time
  • Spousal Maintenance
Year Joined Organization:

Areas of Practice:

  • Family Law
  • Post-Decree Modifications
  • Child Custody
  • Spousal Support / Maintenance
  • Parenting Time
  • Juvenile Law
  • Adoptions
  • Family Law Mediation

Litigation Percentage:

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Arizona, 1984


  • Arizona State University, College of Law, Tempe, Arizona
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
    Major: Foreign Languages

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of Arizona, 1984
  • East Valley Bar Association, 1988
  • Memberships
    & Associations

  • State Bar of Arizona