Tucson Divorce Attorneys
Helping Families Through Difficult Times
Divorce is never an easy decision to make, and it can be even more difficult to navigate through the legal process.
At Karp & Weiss, P.L.C., we understand how hard it can be to leave a marriage, and we work to make the process as seamless and stress-free as possible. We offer compassionate, personalized legal services and will work with you to develop a plan to get you through this difficult time.
Types of Divorce in Arizona
There are two main types of divorce in Arizona, contested and uncontested.
- In an uncontested divorce, both spouses agree on all terms and do not have any disagreements about property, children, or anything else.
- In a contested divorce, the spouses have disagreements about property, children, or other terms of the divorce. In contested divorces, the parties may need to go to court to settle these disagreements.
Mediation vs. Litigation
In an uncontested divorce, the parties can choose to settle their divorce either through mediation or litigation. In mediation, the parties work with a third party to settle their divorce. In litigation, the parties go to court to settle their divorce.
While litigation is more expensive, it may be necessary in contested divorces. In these cases, the parties may be able to settle some or all terms of their divorce outside of court through mediation. However, some issues, such as dividing property and debts, or custody of children, may need to be settled in court.
Arizona Law for Divorce
When filing for divorce, a person must wait at least 60 days from the date of filing. This is to allow the other spouse time to respond to the divorce. In an uncontested divorce, the judge may waive this requirement. Additionally, a person must be a resident of Arizona for at least 90 days before filing for divorce.
Divorce Process in Arizona: Navigating Your Path to a New Beginning
At Karp & Weiss, our experienced divorce attorneys in Arizona, understand the emotional and legal challenges that accompany divorce. If you are considering or have decided to proceed with a divorce in Arizona, we are here to guide you through the process with compassion and expertise.
- Filing the Petition: The divorce process begins with one spouse filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The petitioner is required to serve the other spouse with the divorce papers, officially initiating the proceedings.
- Response and Settlement: The respondent has a specific timeframe to respond to the petition. During this time, both parties can negotiate and work towards a settlement on issues such as child custody, child support, alimony, and property division.
- Mediation: If reaching an agreement proves challenging, mediation can be beneficial. A neutral third party assists in resolving disputes, fostering communication, and finding common ground for a mutually acceptable resolution.
- Court Proceedings: If mediation is unsuccessful, the divorce case will proceed to court. Both parties present evidence and arguments, and the judge makes decisions on unresolved issues based on Arizona family law statutes.
- Decree of Dissolution: Once all issues are resolved and approved by the court, a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage is issued, finalizing the divorce. The court's decision on child custody, support, and alimony becomes legally binding.
Throughout the divorce process, our dedicated Tulsa family law attorneys will advocate for your best interests and protect your rights. We understand that each divorce is unique, and we tailor our approach to your specific circumstances.
Our goal is to minimize conflict, facilitate productive negotiations, and achieve an outcome that supports your well-being and that of your children.
Whether you are seeking an amicable divorce or anticipate contentious issues, Karp & Weiss is committed to providing compassionate guidance and experienced representation every step of the way.
Let our family lawyers help you navigate the divorce process in Arizona and pave the way for a new beginning.
Contact our divorce lawyer in AZ today for a confidential consultation to discuss your case.
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