FAQ About Divorce

Frequently Asked Questions

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Divorce can be an intimidating process at first glance. While this experience can undoubtedly be an extremely emotional and complex ordeal, having an understanding of the Arizona legal system can help you prepare for what is to come.

How Can I Expedite the Divorce Process?

The best way that you and your spouse can speed up the divorce process is by pursuing an uncontested divorce. As opposed to a contested separation that can potentially take many months to years, consensual divorce agreements can be completed from start to finish in as little as 90 days. Once divorce papers are filed, separating couples in Arizona must complete a 60-day waiting period before the courts may finalize a couple’s divorce. If you and your spouse are able to come to an agreement regarding the terms of your separation within this time, you can file a consent decree and potentially have your divorce finalized before your first court date.

What Information do I Need?

When filing for divorce, there are a number of different documents that you and your spouse will need to compile and present to your respective attorneys. This information will be instrumental in determining several key aspects of your divorce agreement, including asset distribution, the amount of spousal support payments, and child support.

The following information will all be pertinent to your divorce:

  • Billing statements for recent household bills
  • Credit statements: including mortgage and car loans
  • Financial records
  • Income tax returns
  • Insurance policies
  • Real estate deeds

What Qualities Should I Look for in an Attorney?

When searching for legal representation, it is highly recommended that you retain the services of a family lawyer who has dedicated a large portion of their career to handling divorce and other family law cases. While several firms are equipped to “handle” divorce cases, they are not always experienced in this area of law and can provide substandard advocacy compared to a dedicated professional.

Additionally, you want to work with an attorney who is willing to go the extra mile to ensure your wellbeing. Divorce is a highly sensitive and emotional experience. Make sure your lawyer is one who you feel comfortable discussing sensitive matters and will keep you involved in the process and keep your best interests at the forefront of their actions, rather than simply looking for the quickest option to resolve your case.

When looking at a prospective lawyer to handle your divorce, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Are they highly recommended by past clients?
  2. Do they have a successful track record?
  3. Do they focus in family law?
  4. Are they flexible with making appointments?
  5. Is their firm highly rated in terms of ethics?

How Can I Get the Most out of my Attorney?

Most people fail to recognize that working with an attorney is a two-way street. While legal professionals have a responsibility to act in the best interests of their clients, a client likewise has a certain responsibility to maintain a proper level of cooperation with their lawyer. By working together with your attorney, you can have a massive impact on your experience and potentially impact the outcome of your case.

You can ensure a smooth and harmonious relationship with your attorney by:

  • Communicating openly and honestly
  • Provide all necessary documentation when requested
  • Refraining from withholding key information
  • Respecting your attorney’s time and schedule
  • Informing your attorney of any new developments

At Arizona Family Law Attorneys, we specialize in handling all types of family law matters and can help you overcome even the most complex disputes. To discuss your issue with a skilled attorney from our firm, contact us online or call our office today at (480) 418-0840.