Divorce is an emotionally challenging time that requires support and understanding from the people around you. Depending on your unique circumstances, you may also require the help of a divorce attorney.
ARTEMiS Law Firm attorneys have advanced experience handling divorce cases in Arizona, whether you’re looking for assistance with a highly contentious case or need someone to guide you through the process for an uncontested divorce. We’re committed to giving you the honest respect and support you need during this process.
The basics of the Arizona divorce process
The Arizona divorce process is different depending on whether your divorce is contested or uncontested.
An uncontested divorce can sometimes be settled with DIY paperwork and a filing fee from both parties. You may have an attorney review your paperwork to make sure it’s legally sound, but otherwise you may not require additional legal counsel. If you have no children and little property, have lived in Arizona for at least 90 days, and believe your marriage is irretrievably broken, you can get an uncontested divorce in Arizona in as little as 60 days.
Like an uncontested divorce, a contested divorce starts by filing your petition for Dissolution of Marriage. That is where most similarities end. This is also the path that most divorces take in Arizona.
With a contested divorce, there are usually issues surrounding one or more of the following:
– Parenting time and legal decision-making as to minor children
– Division of property and assets accumulated during (and sometimes before) marriage
– Child support
– Spousal support (called alimony, in other states)
An attorney can help you resolve many of these differences beforehand through negotiation and mediation. If that doesn’t work, your case will go to a judge in a courtroom to decide on any remaining issues.
In theory, dividing property and making decisions about ongoing care for children is easy. In reality, there are many factors and considerations that a court must analyze before making a final ruling. An attorney is critical during this process to ensure you get a fair and equitable ruling for you and your children.
Why it’s important to work with an Arizona divorce attorney
As noted above, it is possible to have an uncontested divorce without any mediation or court time. The Arizona courts provide a helpful list of frequently asked questions, along with forms to fill out. You can pay your filing fee (which varies) and be divorced quickly.
Unfortunately, most divorces are not that simple and require the support of an experienced Arizona divorce attorney.
Even though Arizona is a “no fault” state, wherein the court will not analyze the reason for the divorce or which spouse is at fault for causing the divorce, one party may still blame the other. Contested divorces are often painful and complicated, involving disagreements that have to be settled in front of a judge.
Having an experienced attorney next to you on that day can help. They can help you resolve as many issues as possible through mediation. They can negotiate with your ex’s legal counsel on your behalf. Further, they can counsel you on fair and equitable terms that work for your circumstances.
A divorce attorney is on your side and acting in your best interests, every step of the way.
How ARTEMiS Law Firm can help
ARTEMiS Law Firm is committed to helping you with all aspects of your divorce. For an uncontested divorce, we can help with legal document preparation or legal review. If your divorce is complicated and contentious, our attorneys can help, too.
From our very first meeting, we can help you:
– File your initial petition to start divorce proceedings
– Negotiate a parenting plan that incorporates fair and equitable agreements for parenting time, legal decision-making, and child support
– Divide property and assets, including bank accounts, retirement accounts, co-owned businesses, real estate property, and vehicles
– Make an equitable plan for managing any outstanding debt
– Prepare for mediation or court to resolve any outstanding issues
– Enforce (or modify) parenting time, legal decision-making, or child support orders
– Enforce (or modify) spousal support orders
Why we’re different
Divorce can be a painful time, especially if your divorce is contentious and ends up in the courtroom.
You need an experienced divorce attorney in your corner. We’re committed to giving you the respect and support you need during this process.
We pride ourselves on transparent and honest communication about all aspects of your case, from the beginning.
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