Arizona Divorce Resources

Welcome to our Arizona Divorce Resources page. In this section, you will find a comprehensive collection of resources to help you navigate the complex process of divorce in Arizona. Our guides, quiz, and FAQs have been designed to provide you with valuable information on legal procedures and requirements, child custody, and financial issues.

Whether you are just beginning to consider your options or have already begun the divorce process, our resources are here to help you better understand your rights and obligations. We strive to stay up-to-date with the latest laws and guidelines to bring you the most accurate and helpful resources for your divorce case. We’re here to help, so please browse our Arizona Divorce Resources page to learn more.

Arizona Divorce Guide

Because divorce is unique to each couple, there is a wide variety of subtopics that may become relevant in your divorce. Every topic involved in a divorce is of incredible importance and can have deep consequences for the future of your life and your family. From the steps needed to begin proceedings to negotiating tactics, financial disclosures, and agreements regarding parenting time, each aspect of divorce deserves its own time and attention.

Because we want to give our clients the comprehensive information they deserve and guide them toward long-term success, we have created an e-book that covers each aspect of divorce in its entirety. This overview of the process and its associated toolkit can help you approach divorce with confidence and complete the process with success. We’ve also included some tips for living your life while your divorce progresses.

Check out our professional guidance to help you through these difficult times.

Arizona Divorce Quiz

Is divorce the right option? This is a crucial question to explore before you begin the divorce process. If you’ve determined divorce is the best fit to end your relationship, depending on your unique circumstances, a variety of legal approaches may be more or less appropriate.

For example, recommendations for someone in an actively antagonistic relationship with their spouse may not be the same as those for someone who is currently able to participate in friendly negotiations or mediation. Similarly, the divorce process will look a bit different for those in a covenant marriage than for those in a traditional marriage. You may even be able to request an annulment if you believe your marriage was invalid from the beginning.

To find out whether divorce is right for you and which type of approach fits you the best, take our quiz.

Arizona Divorce FAQs

Our team of legal experts has compiled a list of frequently asked questions and provided detailed answers to help guide you through the divorce process. Whether you’re curious about spousal support, child custody, property division, or any other topic related to Arizona divorce, we’ve got you covered. Explore our Arizona Divorce FAQs to learn more.

What Are the Divorce Options in Arizona?

In Arizona, there are two basic ways to categorize divorce: contested and uncontested. A contested divorce occurs when both parties do not agree to get divorced or when the parties do not agree on one or more conditions of the divorce. Contested divorces can be settled with mediation but must often go to trial. An uncontested divorce occurs when both parties agree on all major issues and work together to file divorce documents with the help of their respective attorneys.

It is worth noting that there are two other processes you may consider instead of divorce: annulment and legal separation. An annulment occurs when a marriage is declared legally invalid as if it never occurred at all, but is only available in very specific situations. A  legal separation is a period of separation that is legally enforced, after which a lower standard for divorce applies.

Do All Divorce Cases Go to Trial?

If a settlement regarding all aspects of the divorce cannot be reached by both parties, then the divorce will proceed to trial. Divorce trials can take a significant amount of time, as both parties will have to prepare and present evidence, complete disclosures, interview witnesses, and submit testimony to the court. Each of these steps can take weeks, months, or even years of preparation before the court date in addition to the actual time in court. Because of this investment of time, reaching a settlement regarding the divorce is preferable for all parties involved.

Is Divorce Mediation An Option?
At any stage during the divorce process, it is possible to engage in divorce mediation. Divorce mediation is a process by which skilled neutral mediators help spouses to come to an agreement regarding the terms of their divorce. The most typical use case for divorce mediation is for helping spouses come to a settlement regarding multiple decisions necessary in divorce, including parenting time, legal decision-making rights, alimony, division of assets, and more, to avoid going to trial. However, mediation can be helpful at any point in the process to help clear up disagreements.

What Is the Typical Child Support Payment in Arizona?

Typically, an Arizona child support payment averages about 25% of the ordered parents’ income. However, that is not the only type of child support arrangement that the state allows. Each child support arrangement will take into account the full financial picture of both parents and their economic realities. In an income-share method payment, the non-custodial parent will be ordered to pay a percentage of the cost based on the combined income of both parents. In other cases, no child support may be ordered or sought. The law is flexible to support the many varied child support situations encountered by a diverse population of people.

How Is Property Divided During a Divorce?
All property that is held in common (referred to as community property) is owned by both spouses and must be divided equally if there isn’t a written agreement or settlement that indicates what belongs to each party. Any debts held in common between the spouses will be divided similarly. Other arrangements may be negotiated between the two parties or determined by a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. These decisions are made after both parties have submitted a full financial disclosure so that financial assets, liabilities, and properties can be divided as close to equally as possible.

What Are Temporary Orders?
Temporary orders are a way for the court to address active issues between the spouses before the divorce is finalized. If one partner must move out of the house, a temporary order could provide for their housing until the divorce is finalized. A temporary order could also serve to protect a spouse by requiring that an abusive spouse move out during the divorce proceedings. Temporary orders can also be used to address parenting time, child support, and alimony during the divorce process.

When Is Spousal Support Required?
Spousal support is required by the court any time the court determines that there is a need for support. This usually means that the spouse is demonstrably unable to independently support themselves at the standard of living they experienced while they were in the marriage. Sudden or extreme reductions in a spouse’s standard of living due to divorce are usually sufficient for the court to order spousal support.

The Valley Law Group: Top Arizona Family Lawyers

If you are considering divorce or believe your spouse may be beginning the divorce process, you should reach out to an Arizona family lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner you can work with a legal professional to create a comprehensive list of your property, strategize how best to negotiate the division of assets with your spouse, and make important decisions regarding your children, the sooner you can move on with your life. At The Valley Law Group, our family law attorneys have been assisting Arizona families for over two decades, and our expertise and sharp focus can help you ensure you reach your divorce goals.
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