In Arizona, family law covers a lot of ground. One of the overriding questions
is how does the Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act affect my divorce? It
was first brought up nationally at the National Conference of Commissioners
on Uniform State Laws as early as 1970. Not all states have adopted it,
but it is the hope of the commission that eventually all states adopt it.
State after state has become aware, as have individuals who are going through
divorces that involve children, property and debt, that the situation
for those going through the process of separation need to be assured that
they are getting a fair hearing. Although California was the first to
Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act, Arizona also adopted much of the Uniform Act as well, approving a substantial
amount of the divorce reform section.
Getting a legal professional involved who knows about this act and how
it will work for you with child support,child custody and even spousal support may be a wise idea. Arizona is a
no-fault state, however, there will still -- more than likely -- be questions
regarding property and debt disbursement.
The ultimate goal of the commissioners is to have every state adopt the
Uniform Act in its entirety. It makes little sense to have a no-fault
state when the state hasn't eliminated the finding of fault in the
custody and support arena.
Having been married in one state, divorced in another and have a hearing
regarding child custody in yet another is a reason that the commissioners
want to see evenness and equality in all areas of family law. It is senseless
to expect judges to be able to make life-changing decisions for families
when they don't have enough information or guidance to make an informed decision.
Relying on a legal professional who not only knows the laws of Arizona
but can guide you through the different issues that seem to crop up in
a divorce can be invaluable.
Source: Uniform Law Commission, "Marriage and divorce Aat, model summary" Oct. 14, 2014