An Overview Of The Divorce Process
A Quick Guide To The Divorce Process
The divorce lawyers at the Law Office of Daniel Hutto can help you understand and navigate the divorce process. From beginning to end, here is a breakdown of the 9 phases of a divorce.
1. Filing the Dissolution Petition
When you wish to acquire a divorce, the first step is to file a petition for dissolution. People must file their applications for dissolution with the court that has jurisdiction to hear 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 Investigation Process
The divorce case will enter the discovery phase when the petition and response have been submitted. You and your spouse are both entitled to information about your assets and other essential aspects of your case from each other.
5. Reaching a Settlement
Except in circumstances of domestic violence, drug or alcohol addiction, child abuse, or those who may be hiding 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 decide.
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 problem that will come up in a divorce in Arizona involving children. Both parents are required to pay financially to their child's upbringing under A.R.S. 25-501. Courts in Arizona can use child support standards to calculate the amount of support to order. This can make the amount of child support you may be required to pay or receive more predictable.
9. Considering Your Kids' Best Interests
If you and your spouse are unable to reach an agreement on child custody, the court will apply the factors described in A.R.S. 25-403 to make a decision. Whether or not you go to trial over child custody, you should act in a way that minimizes emotional injury to your children during and after the divorce.
Do you have any concerns about the divorce procedure?
Most people find getting divorced difficult. Contact the Law Office of Daniel Hutto for assistance and guidance if you wish to end your marriage or have been served with a petition for divorce. Call us today at (602) 536-7878 for a one-on-one consultation with one of our experience family law attorneys.