Divorce is always emotionally challenging, but it is important to remember that ending a marriage is a legal process that comes with certain administrative tasks. Several factors can influence your divorce proceedings – for example, if your spouse does not want the divorce or does not agree to the terms of the divorce.
If you are facing divorce in Arizona, contact the Zachary Law Group, P.L.C. Steven Zachary is a divorce lawyer in Chandler who can evaluate your situation and provide legal guidance.
As your family attorney, Steven Zachary will represent your interests and help you avoid unnecessary expenses during the divorce process. Mr. Zachary can also help you avoid mistakes that would compromise your personal or financial interests.
Call 480-389-3533 to schedule a free case evaluation. You can also learn about divorce laws in Arizona by visiting http://divorce.usattorneys.com/arizona/.
If Your Spouse Does Not Want to Divorce in Arizona
The divorce process begins when a spouse files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and other necessary documents. Copies of these papers are then served on your spouse unless you waive this service in writing.
If your spouse was served in Arizona, he or she has 20 days to respond to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. If your spouse was served outside of Arizona, he or she has 30 days.
If your spouse does not respond within the allotted timeframe, you can apply for a default. After this request, your spouse has 10 days to file a Response. Otherwise, the divorce may be granted, along with all of the terms you have requested. You can obtain a Default Decree of Dissolution of Marriage 60 days after your spouse has been served the divorce papers if no Response was filed.
Your spouse can request a conciliation meeting in court if he or she does not want the divorce. This will put the proceedings on hold for 60 days. If you and your spouse do not agree to postpone the divorce during the meeting, then the proceedings will continue.
Arizona is a No-Fault Divorce State
Arizona is a no-fault divorce state. This means that you do not have to give a reason for wanting the divorce. All you need to do is decide whether the union is “irretrievably broken” or not before filing divorce papers.
All divorces are either contested or uncontested. An uncontested divorce means that both parties agree on the important terms of the divorce, but if there are major disagreements, then the divorce is contested. In this case, a judge may need to decide on contested issues.
If you and your spouse cannot agree on the terms of your divorce, contact the Zachary Law Group, P.L.C. Steven Zachary is a Chandler family attorney who can guide you through this difficult time.
Unlike other divorce attorneys who charge by the hour, we offer flat-rate fees with no hidden charges. Call 480-389-3533 to schedule a free case evaluation.