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
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:
- Are they highly recommended by past clients?
- Do they have a successful track record?
Do they focus in
- Are they flexible with making appointments?
- 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.