How To File For Divorce In Arizona?


At the Law Offices of Vescio & Seifert, P.C., we understand that filing for divorce can be a daunting and emotionally challenging process. With more than 30 years of combined experience providing reliable legal counsel in family law, we’re here to guide you through the complexities of divorce in Arizona. This blog post offers a step-by-step guide to filing for divorce in our state.

Understanding Divorce Laws in Arizona

First, it’s vital to understand the divorce laws in Arizona. To file for divorce, at least one spouse must be a resident of Arizona for a minimum of 90 days. Divorce in Arizona is “no-fault,” which means that you don’t need to prove wrongdoing by the other party to file for divorce. Rather, it’s enough to claim that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.”

The Divorce Process in Arizona

The divorce process begins with deciding on the type of divorce, which can be contested or uncontested. In an uncontested divorce, both spouses agree on all issues. If not, the divorce is contested, and the court will decide on the disagreements unless the parties reach an agreement among themselves prior to a trial.

Next, you’ll need to prepare the divorce papers. This includes the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and other required documents, which detail what you’re asking the court to do, such as dividing property or determining child-related issues such as parenting time (custody), legal decision-making authority, and child support. If spousal support (alimony) is an issue, then that will need to be listed as well.

After preparing the papers, you’ll file them with the court and serve them on your spouse, which officially notifies them of the divorce proceedings. Your spouse will then have the opportunity to respond.

After exchanging information, negotiation and/or mediation often follows in an attempt to resolve any disagreements. If agreements can’t be reached, the case proceeds to court for trial. After all, issues are settled by the parties or decided by the court, the court finalizes the divorce.

Key Aspects of Divorce to Consider

During the process, you’ll need to consider crucial aspects such as property division, child custody – which is now called Parenting Time and Legal Decision-Making Authority authority __ child support, and spousal maintenance. Arizona is a community property state, which means that all assets acquired during the marriage< except for inheritance, gifts, or personal injury proceeds, are generally split equally between the spouses. Child custody and visitation, t are determined based on the best interests of the child. Child Support is determined based on a formula.

Seeking Legal Help

At any point in this process, it’s crucial to seek legal help. With complexities surrounding divorce proceedings, expert guidance from experienced attorneys like those at the Law Offices of Vescio & Seifert, P.C. is invaluable. We’ll ensure that you understand your rights and obligations, as well as your options, and help you navigate the legal landscape efficiently and confidently.

Handling Emotional Aspects of Divorce

Finally, we recognize the emotional toll divorce can take. Professional support, such as counseling or support groups, can be beneficial. It’s essential to maintain your well-being and find healthy ways to cope during this challenging time.

Contact To Divorce Attorney In Arizona

While this overview simplifies the divorce process, we understand each situation is unique. With our experience in handling cases related to prenuptial agreements, guardianship, alimony/Spousal Support, post-decree modification/enforcement, parenting time/visitation, and family law appeals, we’re well-equipped to handle your case no matter how complex. We can also handle your Order of Protection and Injunction Against Harassment needs.

Trust the Law Offices of Vescio & Seifert, P.C. to handle your divorce proceedings with offices located in Glendale, and Tucson AZ. We practice throughout Arizona in all counties. Contact us at (623) 243-7556 (Glendale location) and (520) 829-7080 (Tucson location) to schedule a consultation and let us help guide you through this difficult time as you begin your next chapter.

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