Is A Divorce The Right Option For You?
Arizona Divorce Process From Start to Finish
Divorce Impacts Every Aspect Of A Person's Life
At Burggraff Tash Levy PLC, we understand that divorce is a big decision and you will not be pressured from our firm to make that decision. But you should familiarize yourself with what issues will need to be decided as part of the divorce and throughout the process itself. We have found that when spouses understand the issues before filing, they are better prepared and start the process from a place of knowledge and confidence.
Each divorce case is different and will have unique legal issues to assess and address. Our law firm handles all types of divorces, from the relatively simple to complicated high net worth divorces, cases involving child custody battles or domestic violence, and more. No matter what the details of your specific situation may be, please do not hesitate to contact our office for a confidential, no-pressure consultation.
Contact us today and schedule your, low cost, no pressure consultation with an experienced divorce attorney and get a clear road map to take control of you divorce and protect your future.
Do I Need to Get A Divorce?
The decision to separate from your spouse is deeply personal and it is a decision that only you can make. Many people contemplate divorce for different reasons: lack of communication in the relationship, lack of support from your spouse, domestic violence, infidelity, substance abuse, and/or one spouse is irresponsible with finances and the other is terrified how it will impact their ability to survive later in life. There are many reasons to separate from your spouse but most people are more worried about how it will effect their lives moving forward.
When separating from your spouse, many people are worried about what will happen to the assets and debts obtained during the marriage. What will happen to the retirement accounts? What is spousal maintenance, do I qualify or will I have to pay? Things can get more complicated when there are children involved. What is the parenting time going to be? Who will make the decisions regarding the children’s needs? Who gets them during the holidays? These are all questions that must be addressed and Arizona law provides answers to all of these questions. For the most part, parties can agree how to resolve these issues between themselves. But it is important to understand your rights so you can reach appropriate agreements and protect the best interests of your children. When agreements are not possible, Arizona courts are there to make the decision for you in accordance with the law.
When considering separating from your spouse, divorce isn’t the only option and it may not be the best option for you. When contemplating divorce, it is important to understand all of your rights and your options. The best way to do that is to meet with an experienced divorce attorney who will counsel you appropriately and help you reach your desired outcome.
What Happens During A Divorce/Legal Separation?
During a Legal Separation or a Divorce, the parties or the Court will decide issues like:
Alimony is now known in Arizona as Spousal Maintenance. An award of spousal maintenance is determined by the factors stated in A.R.S. §25-319. This is one of the most highly litigated areas of family law. This is due in part to a lack of uniformity in the Judges’ awards of spousal maintenance. An experienced attorney will counsel you on the potential award of spousal maintenance as well as what it could cost to bring the issue to trial.
Distribution of Property and Debt: Arizona is a community property state. The courts seek an equitable division of property and debt. Some property, like retirement and investment accounts, can be more complicated to divide given the nature of the account and often require a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (“QDRO”).
Child Custody and Child Support: Child Custody, known as Legal Decision-Making and Parenting Time, and Child Support pose their own additional issues discussed more fully in Child Custody and Child Support.
Do I Need An Attorney to Get a Divorce in Arizona?
Parties can and often choose to represent themselves for financial reasons; they want a “quickie divorce” or they feel competent in their ability to navigate the legal system. Representing yourself is an especially attractive thought if the person believes the divorce will be amicable. Self represented parties are able to get forms from the Maricopa County Superior Court Self-Help Center. (See Maricopa County).
However, the forms provided are generic and are not tailored to the unique needs of each case. If a case does not start off on the right foot, it can be difficult and costly to get it back on track. This can greatly affect the outcome of your divorce. People can run into a lot of problems submitting documents they do not fully understand. Forms may even be rejected by the Court if they do not follow the applicable Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure.
The quickest you can get divorced in Arizona is regulated by law and experienced divorce attorney will not unnecessarily delay your matter. In our experience, it is best to at least meet with an attorney to discuss your matter and prepare the initial documents correctly. Even if you and your spouse agree on everything, it is still a good idea to have an attorney prepare the final documents for you. Incomplete documents can cause chaos in the future and are often expensive to fix. Sometimes, the cost to fix the problem is more expensive than the cost to have an experienced family law attorney draft the documents in the first place.
Many people perceive hiring an attorney as expensive. It does not have to be. If a case is started off right, managed well and the parties are reasonable, a divorce can be over quickly with limited costs. Our firm offers multiple forms of representation to fit the needs of the specific case and the client. We offer document preparation services, limited scope representation and traditional representation.
Road Map For Divorce In Arizona
I. Considering Divorce
II. Finding An Attorney
III. Beginning the Divorce Process
IV. Initial Hearings and Temporary Orders
V. Disclosure and Discovery
VI. Resolution Outside Court
VII. Trial Preparation
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Take Control and Protect Your Future
The lawyers at Burggraff Tash Levy know that choosing the right divorce attorney is a personal matter. This is why you will never feel any pressure during your consultation. We are here to answer your questions, discuss your options, help you understand your rights, and, if we represent you in your divorce, our lawyers will guide you through every step of the process as efficiently as possible. We work to keep costs low so that you can start this new chapter on your life in the best position possible.
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