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How to Change Your Name in Arizona

There are many reasons why someone would want to change their name.  Regardless of what that reason is, it is unique to you. But how do you go about changing it?

This is a decision you should put a lot of thought behind before deciding to change your name. It is a process that requires effort and attention, so make sure it’s the best decision for you because once it is changed, it is a long process to change it again.

Being able to change their name is a constitutional right as long as you do this for a legal reason. If you want to change your name due to illegal or unofficial reasons you can face severe legal issues. We will be covering the steps you need to take on getting your legal name changed in Arizona.


Changing Your Name for Marriage

For marriage, this process is always looked to as the simplest way to change your name. Arizona has it where all you need to do is fill out your marriage license, go ahead, and fill in your new name.

Once the marriage has occurred and you receive your marriage certificate and are legally married, this certificate will serve as your first official proof of a name change. Not every state allows this process to take place like this, so always make sure you check with your local government to figure out how they process this.

This can be stressful enough for divorce, but Arizona does not need much for you to change your name legally. All you will need to do is work with the courts to get this process done by requesting a former name’s restoration. Either party can do this, but everything must be documented and complete before a divorce is finalized.

If neither of these scenarios apply, you will need to go through a more complex process to change your name legally.


Petition for a Change of Name

Arizona requires that anyone who wants to change their name needs to file a petition for a name change with their local superior court. This process will kick off by you filling out an application form stating various for the name change such as:

  • Listing the main reasons you want to change your name
  • Stating any felony convictions or pending charges with your current name
  • Stating under penalty of perjury that you are not changing your name for the intention of committing any crimes
  • State that changing your name is in no way for you to get out of any obligations

A judge will review the petition and decide whether to grant this request or not. Do not be surprised if there is a court hearing on your petition. Assuming everything is in order and no issues come up during the application process, you should receive approval.


Notify the Government

After your petition is approved, the real work begins. First, you will need to contact your nearest Social Security Administration Office and set an appointment to change your name with them. You will need to bring an official document showing this legal change, whether it be a court order, marriage certificate, or divorce decree. Make sure you complete this step before doing anything else to avoid the hassle. After that is completed, you will need to contact the state Department of Transportation about getting a new Arizona driver’s license.

You will also need to get a new passport, which can take quite a bit of time. It is recommended you not wait on this as getting a new passport requires you to fill out a lot of documentation and mail it to the US State Department, which can take up to six weeks to process in some cases. If a name change has occurred after marriage, you will need to make this a top priority if a honeymoon is soon.


Start Using Your Name

Once your name is changed, start using it! This is an important step that a lot of people don’t take seriously. The same legal issues can apply if you are not using your actual name and may appear fraudulent. You will need to share this legal change with friends and family. Here are some others you will need to make sure you notify of this change to save you stress in the long run.


Notify Your Employer

Your work may have a lot of documentation for you to update if you legally change your name. You may have a lot of personal information set up with the company that you will have to go in and change manually. If someone has you as an emergency contact with their work, they should go ahead and update that with an updated legal name for you.


Notify Your Banks and/or Financial Institutions

This is one of the most important people you will need to notify. The easiest way to go about getting this step done is to go to the nearest branch of the company you bank with and sit down with someone. Don’t forget to bring the official document (Marriage Certificate, Driver’s License, Court Order, etc.) and present this to them when you state you have legally changed your name. By visiting in person, you can get many things crossed off the list in one sitting with a professional. While updating your information, you can order new checks and order a new debit or credit card you have with the bank.

The same principle applies if you are notifying a Credit Union about a name change. Again, it is recommended that you do this in person to save you potential stress since they will need to see some form of official documentation. This is also a handy tip as some financial institutions can get you an updated card that day you walk in to get this done.


Notify Your Postal Service

To avoid the potential of not receiving your mail, you will need to notify the postal service of your name change to avoid any confusion when getting mail delivered to you.

Utility Companies and Insurers- Another important step in the process is notifying your utility companies of your updated information so they can have the most current legal information on file for you. The same applies to whatever insurance company you have at the time.


Others to Notify

You will need to notify several others that can include doctors, voter registration, VA for veterans, gym memberships, etc.

Some of the entities mentioned above always present a chance at giving you hassle when you are notifying them of this change. It is always important to remember this is a legal right that you have, and the court orders this. Reasons for pushback can vary, but it isn’t uncommon for Banks and Financial Institutions to push back as fraud and theft are common for them. Another reason why it is recommended doing some of these things in person to avoid issues. You may need to be pushy to get what you need in this circumstance. Still, as long as you can push through and get through the name change’s gritty legal details, you will eventually have no issues.

Hopefully, this article can guide you if you are about to start this, which sometimes can be a very overwhelming process. If you feel a lack of control in the process or feel lost at any time, there are options out there to help you. An experienced Family Law Attorney would be more than happy to walk you through every step of the process to make sure you go about this correctly.


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Cantor Law Group is known for our hard, tenacious work. Please call our office at 602-254-8880 for a confidential consultation. We look forward to working with you.

How to Prepare for Divorce

Divorce is one of the most stressful life events anyone could ever go through in their life. It is rated as the most stressful only behind the death of a spouse or child.

Due to the severity of this life event, it is important always to take some time and consider what steps you need to take to best prepare yourself for how the divorce will play out. If you are getting a divorce, the ideal outcome is a divorce that ends peacefully without escalation.

Still, you also want to make sure you set yourself up for success in the long wrong after the divorce is finalized.

These are some of the best steps you can take in preparing for divorce.


Explore Mediation

If the two parties involved in a divorce are mutually wanting to work as a team to have a simple and peaceful divorce, then mediation is what would be best for a divorce. This route will allow you to work together and determine your own and what efficiently is theirs. This option will also save everyone a ton of money regarding not having to cover legal fees in a litigation battle in court. If this option is not possible, you need better to prepare yourself for success in the long run.


Organization is Key

Throughout the divorce process, you will constantly be making decisions that have lasting outcomes for you and your family. With this being the case, you need to work hard at getting everything together to give yourself the best chance at negotiations with a potential settlement in your favor. Organizing your finances before the divorce process begins will also help you in the long run. A divorce attorney is something you need to be considering at this step. A good divorce attorney would be able to talk to a judge on your behalf and know how to settle quickly and represent you if a legal battle were to arise.


Get Your Finances In Order

You need to get together with your spouse to make a list of assets and liabilities. This will end up being one of the most important aspects of the divorce. This will give you an idea of what is fair when these are split up to each of you. Another step is to put together a monthly budget that you two have together how much is spent and how much money comes in. This will give you an idea of what to expect when the divorce is finalized, and you have your own expenses again.

Another aspect of finances is how you will be after the divorce is finalized. You will want to take some steps to ensure you will be okay after. Going to a bank and getting your own checking and savings accounts is a good start. After, consider opening your own line of credit that only you will have so you can start building your own individual credit history. You will also need to start putting away some money on the side for the potential of having additional legal fees from the divorce. Financial safety needs to be a top priority for you in preparing for divorce. It would help if you worked with your spouse to close the existing accounts you have together, so your spouse cannot manipulate those accounts.


Be Proactive

Always remember that you need to be taking an active role in the divorce proceedings. Be proactive in talking with your spouse, legal professional, mediator, etc. This will go a long way to helping you get a favorable outcome and save you money as the divorce will most likely be settled quicker. This can be hard to do, especially if you are not the person who decided that a divorce is the best option for you. No matter how hard it may be, you need to take an active role throughout the entire process for your own good. It seldom ever goes well for the passive party in a divorce.


Focus on the Big Picture

Getting a divorce can be quite a lonely experience, and you need to remember that you are not alone in the process. There are so many resources and support groups you can help you navigate through this time in your life. By being proactive and leaning on help and support, you will be more likely to handle your emotions throughout the divorce. You do not want to be the person that goes out in public and social platforms to vent and air out your laundry. This will only hinder the process of preparing for a divorce.

Focus on the big picture when getting ready for a divorce. Don’t get hung up on one thing or the other. These decisions you will be making will have lasting effects for a long time. Don’t get locked in battles over certain things and try to have an efficient and fair process. Always remember there is no win in divorce; it is a hard process for all parties involved. It makes more sense to put aside your feelings about the other and work together to have the best outcome for you and your spouse.


Don’t Move

You need to make it an objective to stay where you live in the moments leading to a divorce. If there is no abuse going on, you should try and remain where you live for the following reasons:

If you move out and your spouse stays and pays the mortgage, this will hinder your chances of deciding how the assets will be split up in a divorce. If you absolutely cannot be staying there anymore, you need to make sure you are documenting you are paying the mortgage.

If kids are in the picture, they should see you remain a family unit while leading up to a divorce. This can become an issue with their schooling and development. It will hurt you in the long run if you and the child leave home, leading up to a divorce in the eyes of a judge unless abuse is occurring.


Good Behavior is Vital

Hopefully, if you are going through a divorce, you aren’t out every night on the town acting like decisions don’t have consequences. It would help if you made it a goal every day to control your emotions and be on your best behavior. If this were to go to court, your life would be watched very closely. The last thing you want to do is give your spouse ammo to use against you in a court battle. This aspect is magnified even more in a custody battle of kids.

Be the best parent you can be during this process. Your child is the number one priority. If you don’t have kids, the same principles still apply. Don’t’ go out and party the nights away, date, or spend frivolously.  This will have lasting consequences for you in the long run.

This is such a stressful time you are going through. Proactively try to be the best person you can be during this process. Lean on friends and family for support and look after yourself emotionally and physically.

Use this time to take a step back and prepare yourself for a challenging time in your life. You are never alone in this process. By taking these steps in your life, you will be much more prepared for anything a divorce can bring in your life. This will be a hard and difficult process so take the correct steps to set yourself up for life after a divorce is finalized.


Hire a Divorce Lawyer

Cantor Law Group consists of 11 family law attorneys and 20 support staff members to ensure you get the support you need during this very trying time. You will be interviewed about your situation and treated with the utmost respect. Our team is your team. With over 70 years of combined experience, we make sure that every client is our #1 priority. Each case is handled with urgency, professionalism, and compassion.

Divorce can be a very difficult life event that can drain a person emotionally, psychologically, and financially if not handled with the best of care, support, and experience.

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Community Property and Who Gets What During a Divorce?

Dividing property during a divorce

Community Property and Equitable Distribution: What Are They?

It is no secret that divorce can be difficult. There are complexities even when it is amicable. Next to the question of “Who gets the children?”, the most difficult and complex arguments and agreements will be about property, assets, and money.

There are two different methods of dividing property in divorce proceedings: Community Property and Equitable Distribution. Community Property is everything the couple accumulated while they were married. This includes all real estate, businesses, bank accounts, personal property (stereo, car, boat, furniture, etc.) and even debt. In Community Property states, everything is split 50/50, no questions asked. Equitable Distribution, however, is when everything is split in accordance with how the judge sees fit. That does not mean everything will be split equally.

Arizona is one of nine states where all Community Property gets equally divided (along with Puerto Rico and Alaska, the only state with an “opt-in” stance on the Community Property Law).


What is the Process for Proper Distribution of Community Property in Arizona?

In the State of Arizona, Community Property accumulated in the marriage may be divided up, but not always divided 50/50. In Arizona, the Court will divide assets and debt as fairly as it sees fit to do so. As difficult as it is to separate a personal and financial union you have had with someone, your best bet is to independently divvy up the Community Property. It is best if both parties can calmly and maturely negotiate an agreement of division, rather than leave it up to the Court. If the Court is brought in to divide and negotiate the distribution of your Community Property, please prepare yourself for conflict with each other, and drawn-out legal proceedings.

The Court may not favorably give you what you deserve. Plus, neither party knows how the Court will divide everything. If, however, you and your spouse cannot come to a sensible agreement, the Court will have to be called in to divide everything. Anything acquired prior to the marriage like a business or stocks is considered Separate Property, unless funds from both parties have contributed to it, which would then make it Community Property.

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How Do We Divide Our Community Property?

Start with pure disclosure of EVERYTHING the two of you own, even if it is property or a business that the other party is not aware of. Houses, cars, pets, land, businesses, 401K, bank accounts, stocks, etc. Even debt is considered Community Property in Arizona. Hiding assets is not smart in a divorce, especially when there are so many resources to find information on ownership of businesses and property. Doing so can result in a very long divorce proceeding with higher attorney fees, possible missed time from work, and more emotional distress.

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Q&A: How Do I File My Taxes During a Divorce?

Filing Taxes During a Divorce

If you are currently going through a divorce in Arizona, there are some important things that you should know about filing your taxes. You will only be allowed to file a joint income tax return with your spouse for this tax year if you are still married on Dec. 31 and your spouse agrees to file your return jointly for the year. If both of these factors apply, you can check the married filing jointly box on your tax return.

Filing a joint return allows you to a larger exemption than if you file separately or as a single filer. If you are not divorced but are separated at the end of the tax year, you will qualify to file a joint tax return since there will not be a final divorce decree in your case that ends your status as a married person. However, if your divorce is finalized before Dec. 31, you and your spouse will need to file your own separate returns and will not be able to file a joint return.


Filing Taxes While Legally Separated vs. Divorced

If you are legally separated from your spouse but have not received your Decree of Separate Maintenance, you will still be married. The orders that you receive for the division of your property, custody of your children, and child and spousal support will not affect your tax filing status. Since you will not have a final order from the court that ends your marriage, the IRS considers you to be married. However, if you have an order of separate maintenance by the end of the tax year, you can choose to file your tax return as single or as a head of household, according to IRS publication 504. However, if you and your spouse are able to agree to file a joint return, it might be a good idea. Each of you will likely pay higher taxes if you file separate returns.

Talking About How to File Your Tax Return

When you are going through a divorce, both you and your spouse may have trouble talking to each other about anything. It might seem hard to imagine discussing the pros and cons of filing a joint return. It is a good idea for you to talk to your tax preparer and your divorce lawyer about filing a joint income tax return. In most cases, the taxes will be lower for joint returns. However, depending on your deductions, respective incomes, and credits, you and your spouse might be better off filing separate returns.

A major disadvantage of filing a joint return is that you and your spouse will both be liable for taxes that may be owed on the tax return. If your spouse fails to pay his or her portion of any tax liabilities, the IRS will go after you to recover what is owed. You can take steps to protect yourself in the case that your spouse fails to pay his or her portion of the taxes by entering into a tax indemnification agreement with him or her. There might also be some relief available to you from the IRS. There are three types of tax relief that the IRS offers to spouses who have filed joint returns, including the following:

  • Innocent spouse relief
  • Equitable relief
  • Separation of liability

We will discuss tax indemnification agreements and the three types of tax relief that you might be able to claim further below.

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What Does ‘Best Interests of the Child’ Really Mean?

Best Interest of the Child

If you are currently going through a dispute over the custody of your child, you may have heard the phrase “best interests of the child” and wondered exactly what it means. The best interests of the child standard is defined as a legal standard that is used by courts in Arizona when they are making decisions about legal decision-making and parenting time in child custody cases. In Arizona, courts use a number of factors that are outlined in A.R.S § 25-403 help them to decide where the child will live and who will be able to make important decisions for him or her.

This article talks about:

  • What are the Standards for the Child’s best Interests?
  • What Factors are Considered?
  • Child Custody Disputes
  • Proving Best Interests Living with Parent
  • Getting Legal Help

 

In every case, the child’s interests are considered to be more important than the interests of either parent in regards to child custody and visitation. This makes it important for you to understand what the courts consider when they are making custody and visitation decisions.


What are the Standards for the Best Interest of the Child?

In child custody cases, judges focus on what is in the child’s best interests. This means that courts make decisions about custody and visitation with the goal of encouraging the child’s emotional development, mental health, security, and happiness so that he or she will grow to become a well-adjusted adult. In the past, courts generally favored the mothers when they made custody decisions. Now, there is greater recognition that the child’s best interests are best served by the child having the ability to develop a close relationship with both parents. While the ability to develop close relationships with both parents is important for a child, getting the parents to promote their child’s development of a close relationship with the child’s other parent is a common problem in child custody disputes.

It is important for you to try to make the decisions in your custody case in your child’s best interests. The decisions that you make or that the court makes for you will ultimately affect your child and your relationship with him or her for years.

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Filing for Bankruptcy Before, During or After a Divorce

Filing for bankruptcy before or after divorce

 

Money and financial issues are the top cause of arguments between spouses, according to a 2018 survey that was conducted by Ramsey Solutions. Financial stress is also the second leading cause of divorce after infidelity. These statistics show that there is little wonder that many couples who plan to divorce may also be in financial situations that necessitate filing for bankruptcy.

If you want to file for divorce and also want to file for bankruptcy, the timing is important. When you are trying to figure out whether to file before your divorce, at the same time as you are divorcing, or following your divorce, there are several things that the experienced attorneys at the Cantor Law Group thing that you should consider.


Filing for Bankruptcy Before Your Divorce: Pros and Cons

There are several ways that filing for bankruptcy before your divorce can benefit you. If you file for bankruptcy first, you and your spouse will only have to pay one filing fee and can share the legal fees of your bankruptcy attorney. Filing for bankruptcy first can also make the property division portion of your divorce case simpler. In a normal divorce, the court will divide both the assets and the debts. If you and your spouse secure a discharge of your unsecured debts, neither one of you will have to pay them after you receive the discharge. This means that the court will not need to divide them.

It is also important to note that if a judge orders your spouse to pay a debt that you share, the court’s order will not impact the creditor. Since the creditor is not a party to your divorce, it can go after either you or your spouse to collect payment. If you do not obtain a discharge of a debt through bankruptcy, the creditor can seek to collect what is owed regardless of the family court’s orders. If it is discharged in a bankruptcy that you and your spouse file before you file for divorce, the creditor may not engage in any further collection activities for that debt against either you or your spouse.

Filing for bankruptcy before your divorce also has a few disadvantages. If you plan to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy instead of for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, it may be a better idea for you to wait to file your bankruptcy case until after your divorce is finalized. This is because of the differences between these two types of bankruptcy.

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Who Gets the Pets After a Divorce?

Who gets Pet After a Divorce in Arizona

Most people would agree that they view their pets as members of their families. They may treat their dogs as if they are children in a divorce. People purchase toys for their dogs, send them to obedience school, and use a similar sing-songy tone of voice when they speak to the dogs that they use with small children. When people divorce, it is little wonder that they may have bitter disputes over who will get their cats or dogs. Battles over pets in divorce cases can become ugly, and some couples will spend thousands of dollars in fees to try to win custody of their pets. While people might view their pets as their children, the law treats them differently. Here is what you should know about how pets are treated in divorce cases.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, almost 57% of U.S. households own pets. Approximately 38% of people who own pets own at least one dog, and 25% own cats. According to a survey by the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers, pet custody disputes are increasing. In that survey, the AAML found that cases in which pet custody disputes were allowed had increased by 22% over the preceding five years. Of the disputes, 88% involved disputes over dogs while 5% involved disputes over cats. Overall, 27% of the lawyers said that they had noticed an increase in the number of clients who had disputes over their pets.


How are Pets Viewed by Arizona Courts?

Under A.R.S. § 25-211, all of the property that a couple accumulates during a marriage is considered to be the community property of both spouses. Historically, pets have been viewed as a type of personal property and have simply been awarded to one spouse or another just like other types of property such as cars, furniture, art collections, and etc. Some courts will not allow people to argue about pet custody since the judges view the pets as just another type of property. In cases in which the pets were acquired for very little money, the judges may be unwilling to entertain arguments about who will get them.

This is changing, however. More courts are allowing arguments about the custody of pets in recognition of the importance that they have in people’s lives. In three states, including California, Illinois, and Alaska, there are now laws in place that provide factors for courts to consider in contested pet disputes in divorces. Arizona does not have such a law, however, which means that not all judges will agree to hear arguments about the custody of pets. California’s law outlines a number of factors that judges can consider when determining who will get the pets, including the following:

  • Which person feeds the pet?
  • Which person paid for or adopted the pet?
  • Which person pays for the pet’s food and toys?
  • Which person walks the pet?
  • Which person takes the pet to see the veterinarian?
  • Which person spends more time with the pet?
  • Whether there have been allegations of animal abuse against either spouse?

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Legal Separation vs Divorce in Arizona

Legal Separation vs Divorce in Arizona

What is the Difference Between Legal Separation and Divorce?

While a legal separation is uncommon, it is still used by some couples in lieu of divorces. There are several reasons why people choose legal separation instead of a divorce. In some cases, it may make more sense for a couple to become legally separated while in others, it may be better to file for divorce. Before deciding which you want to choose, it is important that you understand the differences between legal separation and divorce and the potential benefits and drawbacks of each.

Legal separation has some similarities to divorce but has some key differences. When a couple gets divorced, it terminates their marriage. Their property, assets, and debts are divided between them, and the court issues orders regarding child custody, child support, and possibly, spousal maintenance. When a couple chooses legal separation instead of divorce, it is a formal process through which a couple separates without getting divorced. The court will issue orders about the division of the property and debts, child custody and support, and possibly, spousal maintenance. However, the couple will still be married.

People who are legally separated still must answer that they are married on their tax forms and on other forms. They also are not free to marry other people since they are married. While many couples who get legal separations will eventually divorce, some choose to remain legally separated instead of getting divorced for a variety of reasons. If a legally separated couple does choose to eventually divorce, the orders from their legal separation will be incorporated into their divorce decree.

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How is my Credit Score Affected After Divorce?

Credit Score After Divorce

You might have heard that divorce can damage your credit. While the act a divorce may have no direct impact on your individual credit score, there are several scenarios that your credit score can be harmed during and after the divorce process. It is important for you to understand the potential issues that can arise in a divorce that could negatively affect your credit score so that you can guard against them. The Cantor Law Group can work closely with you to help you to protect your financial interests during and after your divorce.

When you get divorced, you may go from two incomes to one. While a drop in income will not directly affect your credit score, it can cause a few situations that can. Banks consider your debt-to-income ratio when they decide whether to extend credit to you. If your debt-to-income ratio is higher after your divorce because your income has dropped, this can make it harder for you to secure new credit.

Jointly-held Debts

Another potential problem occurs when your name still appears on a debt that your ex-spouse is responsible to pay. For example, if you had a joint credit card account that the court ordered your ex to pay in your divorce decree, your credit could be harmed if your ex-spouse makes late payments or ceases to pay it altogether. Creditors are not a party to your divorce, and they are not obligated to follow the court’s orders. This means that they can come after you for payment even if the family court judge ordered your ex to be responsible for the debt.

Having to Refinance Your Home

If you and your ex are both on the deed to your home, and you take it in your divorce, you will have to refinance the mortgage to remove your spouse’s name from it. When you apply to refinance your mortgage in your own name, the bank will look at your income and credit score to determine whether you qualify for a loan on your own. Mortgage applications also require a hard credit inquiry, which will cause a temporary drop in your credit score. Refinancing your home in your own name will also add a substantial amount of debt and affect your debt-to-income ratio.

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5 Common Questions About Divorce when Children are Involved

Common Questions to Divorce in Arizona

In certain cases, going through a divorce with children involved can be an overwhelming situation. Ultimately, it comes down to what is best for the children and both parties coming to an agreement in the end. In Arizona, there are two types of legal divorce motions: contested and uncontested.

The definition of an uncontested divorce means merely that one spouse has filed a petition for divorce and the other spouse is choosing not to respond in court. In an uncontested divorce, the terms of the divorce are agreed upon by both spouses, allowing the process to be completed by simply filing for the divorce and receiving a judgment.

A contested divorce can be much more difficult to work through. In a contested divorce, one spouse files for divorce, but the other spouse challenges the terms. When this happens, it’s beneficial to have an Arizona divorce attorney on your side to guide you through the process and represent your interests in court. Your attorney can offer you legal counsel to help you make informed decisions about financial assets, child custody, spousal support, and real property disputes.

Below are the main Differences Between a Contested Divorce and Uncontested Divorce.

  • Contested divorces may end up in court.
  • Uncontested divorces are often faster to finalize.
  • Contested divorces could require disclosure of financial assets.
  • Uncontested divorces are usually settled out of court.
  • Contested divorces are usually best left to an attorney.
  • Uncontested divorces may require little legal intervention.

 


1. How is the Divorce Process Started in Arizona?

Each state might handle the divorce process, but in Arizona it begins when a Petition for Divorce is filed. This action is the actual legal filing of the paperwork outlining the desire to dissolve a marriage by the filing spouse. Your divorce attorney will handle this part of the process, but there are some stipulations involved that are specific to Arizona. Either you or your spouse is required to be a resident of the state for at least 90 days before the filing of the petition for divorce.

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