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A Quick Guide To The Divorce Process

May 16

Overview Of The Divorce Process

The attorneys at the Law Office of Daniel Hutto can assist you in navigating the divorce process and demystifying it. Here's a rundown of the 9 phases of a divorce, from start to finish.

1. Dissolution Petition

The petition for dissolution is the initial step in getting a divorce. People must file their applications for dissolution with the court that has jurisdiction over the case, according to A.R.S. 25-311.

2. Process Service and Response

The court will send you a notice and summons to answer after you have filed your petition and accompanying documents. You must serve your spouse with copies of the petition, summons, and any other legal documents you've filed in the case. The petitioner will be you, and the respondent will be your spouse. To serve your spouse, you can either hire a private process server or use the sheriff's department.

3. Interim Orders

People will sometimes file requests for temporary orders or preliminary injunctions at the same time they file divorce petitions under A.R.S. 25-315. Temporary orders can be requested by either party, including the respondents. While the divorce is still pending, these orders lay out the groundwork for how various issues will be handled.

4. The Process of Discovery

The divorce case will proceed to the discovery stage after the petition and response have been submitted. You and your spouse both have the right to receive information about your assets and other essential aspects of your case from each other.

5. Agreeing on cheval

Except in circumstances of domestic violence, drug or alcohol addiction, child abuse, or those who may be concealing assets, it is frequently preferable to try to settle a divorce dispute by negotiation. People who successfully negotiate divorce settlements are often happier than those who let the judge make the decisions.

6. Divorce Proceedings

If you and your spouse are unable to reach an agreement, your divorce case will proceed to trial. You will each have the ability to present evidence, call witnesses, give testimony, and submit exhibits at your trial. You and your spouse will almost certainly be called to testify and will be subjected to cross-examination by the opposing counsel.

7. Custody Issues in Divorces with Children

You will need to file a petition for dissolution with minor children if your divorce may involve child custody concerns for the minor children you share with your husband. You and your husband must try to work out a parenting plan in this type of divorce. If you can't agree, you'll both have to submit a parenting plan to the court.

8. Child Support Determination

Child support is another factor to consider in a divorce in Arizona involving children. Both parents are required to financially contribute to their child's upbringing under A.R.S. 25-501. Child support guidelines exist in Arizona for judges to utilize when deciding how much money to order. This can make the amount of child support you owe or receive more predictable.

9. Keeping Your Children's Best Interests in Mind

If you and your spouse can't agree on child custody, the court will apply the elements described in A.R.S. 25-403's best interests of the child criterion to make a decision. Whether or not you go to trial on your child custody issues, you should act in a way that minimizes emotional injury to your children during and after your divorce.

Do You Have Divorce-Related Questions?

Divorce is a difficult process for most people. Contact the Law Office of Daniel Hutto for assistance and guidance if you wish to dissolve your marriage or have been issued with a divorce petition. Call us today at (602) 536-7878 for a one-on-one consultation with one of our experience family law attorneys.

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