File for a Divorce
Your lawyer will assist you in drafting the documents required to dissolve your marriage in Arizona.
Arizona requires you to file a dissolution of marriage petition. You must file your request in writing with the court and pay a filing fee.
Your lawyer will also arrange for your spouse to be served with this documentation by a process server.
Your spouse will then file an “Answer” within 20 days after service. After completing those two phases, the divorce process moves on to the most time-consuming portion.
Resolve Temporary Order Hearings
When a couple wants to divorce, they are often already living apart. During the divorce, the court adopts a method to resolve critical problems. You can’t wait until the divorce is complete to decide where your child will reside. The court usually determines difficulties on:
The court deals with urgent issues in a “Temporary Order Hearing.” The problems will only be heard in court if the couple cannot agree.
Prepare for Legal Information Requirements
Any legal matter requires gathering information. Not only is it critical in divorce cases, but it is crucial in all cases. Couples in Arizona are required to disclose necessary information for their divorce litigation. Among the items disclosed are:
- Property information
- Securities and Investments
- Business Affiliations
- Other obligations of assistance
Unless there are valid objections, all information must be disclosed. Inaction may result in judicial punishment.
A divorce settlement with your husband may be reached at any moment. It might be called between both parties to expedite the divorce process and save time and money. Couples may settle by:
- Informal exchange of offers and ideas
- A fair negotiation
- The judge or commissioner’s role at a settlement conference
- Divorce mediation with an impartial third party
You may create a settlement that benefits all parties. A court may not be able to employ the same flexibility in the settlement procedure that you have.
Prepare for Trial
If you can’t settle your lawsuit, it will go to trial. To prepare for your divorce trial, you and your lawyer will utilize all of the material gathered during the process.
Creating a pretrial statement with all relevant information and reference to Arizona law will be part of trial preparation.
Your lawyer at the Dodds Law, PLC will help you prepare exhibits. We will also review timetables, your position as a witness, and other witnesses and their statements.
The final hearing is one of the last processes in divorce. Testifying about your spouse, children, money, and other issues may be unpleasant.
Your lawyer will help you prepare effectively, reducing your worry. Remember, this is your time to explain to the court why you want or need what you desire.
Motions and Appeals
Your lawyer may need to submit a post-trial brief or other motions after the hearing. These motions may address:
- Unfair trial tactics
- New information not accessible at the hearing
- Exhibits in court
Typically, the waiting time is a few weeks or months. In some instances, you may appeal a judge’s ruling. Your spouse can do the same.
If no one appeals, the divorce is final, and the Arizona divorce procedure is over. The only thing left is to transfer assets and generally obey the court’s ruling.
Proactive Problem Solvers and Skilled Trial Lawyers
If you’re ready to start the divorce process, call our Dodds Law, PLC divorce lawyers at 623-323-9056. We can guide you through the Arizona divorce procedure and its laws.
As experienced family law lawyers in Surprise, Arizona, and surrounding cities, we understand how fast disagreements over property distribution, child custody, spousal support, and other significant issues may devolve into acrimony. Instead of inflaming potentially problematic situations needlessly, we strive to identify solutions to settle conflicts as quickly and pleasantly as possible while ultimately protecting our clients’ rights.
We have been able to assist many of our clients to avoid prolonged litigation due to our inventive and proactive approach to conflict resolution, lowering the financial and emotional expenses of divorce. When good-faith negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, or mediation fail to settle a disagreement, we have the trial expertise to be a forceful advocate for our clients in court. Schedule a consultation now with our team.