Mesa Divorce Attorney
Deciding to get divorced is never an easy decision. Indeed, it’s an emotional process that requires spouses to work together in order to separate their lives. And, of course, the easiest way to progress through a divorce is in law offices with the help of an attorney or law firm. But when it’s time to search for a family law attorney, where should you turn? Many people ask their friends and their family members, while others simply pick the first one that shows up in an ad.
In reality, you should start with the internet, and look for divorce lawyers and law firms with great online reviews. Positive testimonials reflect the services provided by the attorney, and are a solid indicator of what you may be able to expect as you continue with divorce and family separation. After looking at online reviews, don’t hesitate to meet with the attorney to make sure that you’re comfortable with them handling such a personal family law and child custody case. After all, you want somebody you can trust.
While finding an attorney is only the first step, it’s certainly the best way to begin your divorce and possibly child custody agreement. And once you have a law firm on your side, you can learn more about grounds for divorce, how property is separated, and everything else you need to know about the process.
Grounds for Divorce in Arizona
Arizona is a no-fault divorce state, which means that unlike some other states, an individual who wants to file for divorce need not prove the fault of the other party, such as an act of adultery. Instead, the individual who wants to file for divorce must simply claim that the marriage is irretrievably broken.
In some cases, you may need to prove grounds for divorce. This is true if you and your spouse entered into a covenant marriage at the time you said, “I do,” or if you later had your marriage converted into a covenant marriage. If you have a covenant marriage, you will need to prove one of the grounds for divorce listed in Arizona Statutes Section 25-312. Some of these grounds include adultery, abuse of drugs or alcohol, sexual or physical abuse, and living separate or apart for at least two years.
Can I Dispute a Divorce If I Want to Remain Married?
In some cases, a party in a marriage does not want to get divorced. If your spouse filed a petition for dissolution of marriage and you are served with such a petition, you do have an ability to express your desire to remain married. You can do this by requesting a conciliation meeting, which is a short conference with the court in which the court assists you and your spouse in making a sound and informed decision about dissolving your marriage. If you request a conciliation meeting, your divorce will be put on hold for two months (60 days) until the meeting is concluded. If your spouse still wants to get divorced after the meeting, then the divorce will proceed.
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How Property Is Divided in Arizona
If your divorce proceeds, then you and your spouse will need to make important determinations about all issues in your divorce and family. This includes making a decision about how property will divided. Arizona is a community property state, which means that all assets and debts incurred during the course of the marriage are jointly owned by each party, and are up for equal division in the event of a divorce. On the other hand, property that was acquired before the marriage is separate, and is not up for division. You and your spouse have the right to make a decision about how you will divide your community property; if you cannot come to an agreement, then the court and your family law attorney will make a determination for you.
Will I Receive – or Have to Pay – Spousal Maintenance?
Another issue in a divorce is that of spousal maintenance, most commonly referred to as alimony. The court may order one partner to pay spousal maintenance to the other in the event that the other spouse is unable to support themselves financially on their own, and has not acquired the education or skills to gain employment to support themselves. How much alimony may be ordered will depend upon a number of factors, including the income and resources of both spouses, the duration of the marriage, the standard of living established during the marriage, and more.
Do I Need a Mesa Divorce Attorney During the Process?
Working with a Mesa AZ divorce attorney is highly recommended; if you don’t work with an attorney, you may risk making a mistake during the process that could cost you time and money. At the firm of Modern Law, PLLC, we work hard to settle all divorces out of court – this can save you hundreds of dollars and many emotional and stressful hours. If a divorce cannot be settled in a way that serves your best interests, we will be prepared to take your case to court and advocate for you here is Mesa AZ.
To schedule a consultation with our experienced divorce attorneys today, please call us now. You can also contact us online using our online form.