Arizona Divorce Lawyer Discusses 2022 Changes in Divorce With or Without Children

Details of Filing for Divorce in Arizona

If you and your spouse believe that you have reached the end of your marriage and want to file for divorce, getting help from an experienced family law attorney is critical.  Regardless of whether you will be going through a dissolution of marriage with or without children, a divorce lawyer can help you avoid mistakes that could potentially harm your future and interests.

In any divorce, there are multiple factors that each person needs to know about, and could use the help of a family law firm that is compassionate and will stop at nothing until the client receives the best possible outcome.

Below is an overview of what to expect in a divorce without kids vs. a divorce with kids.


Arizona Divorce without Children Involved

In an Arizona divorce, if you and your spouse do not have any minor children (younger than 18), you might believe that your divorce will be relatively straightforward. However, even if you are divorcing without children, many issues still need to be resolved.

Some of the issues that might arise in a divorce without children include:

Spousal maintenance;
Property and debt division;
Who will retain ownership and responsibility for pets;
Whether a spouse desires to change their last name upon divorce;
How your divorce might impact your ability to retire

Thinking through these important issues and making a strategic plan to resolve them favorably is key to protecting your future interest after the divorce is finalized.

There are several ways to resolve a dispute without going through a divorce trial, including participating in mediation, pursuing negotiations informally, and partaking in the collaborative divorce process.

Having the assistance of an experienced divorce and property division attorney from Colburn Hintze Maletta can help you to resolve divorce-related issues and conflicts fairly while protecting your interests and preserving your potential ability to retire on time.

Below is a brief overview of each of the methods mentioned above that are out-of-court alternatives for dispute resolution.

*Note: If there are children involved in your divorce, please continue reading below. We discuss in detail the different elements.


Arizona Private Mediation – Alternative to Family Court

In private mediation, both spouses meet with a trained and neutral third-party mediator. The mediator talks to each party (separately) about each issue in dispute and works to facilitate an agreement. In many cases that don’t involve children, mediation is an excellent option because there are many creative ways to achieve a fair compromise, or uncontested divorce when the primary issues in dispute relate to the division of assets and debts.

If an agreement is reached during mediation, a Consent Decree will be drafted and signed by the parties based upon the agreed-upon terms.  After the parties sign the Consent Decree, it is submitted to the court for the judge to sign and file with the clerk of court, thereby making it an official order of the court and finalizing the divorce.

Having the help of an experienced attorney during private mediation is crucial to finding a resolution that is acceptable to all parties involved.  It is also essential to ensuring that final paperwork is completed properly.

As an added bonus, a successful mediation almost always results in a quicker and less expensive divorce than litigating a case all the way to trial.

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Choosing A Divorce Attorney in Arizona

In Arizona, family law issues strike close to home for most people. To make the right decisions for your family in a family law case, you will need the help of an experienced and knowledgeable advocate to advise and guide you through the process.

The Arizona family law attorneys at Colburn Hintze Maletta work closely with people who are going through a divorce, child custody and visitation matters, modifications, and more. We also help with establishing paternity, legal decision-making, prenuptial agreements, and same-sex divorce issues.


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