Divorce is a method of terminating a marriage contract between two individuals. From a legal standpoint, divorce restores an individual’s right to marry someone else. The process also legally divides marital assets and debts and determines the care and custody of the children. Each state addresses these issues differently. However, most states follow the same basic principles and use relatively uniform standards.
In some states you need to prove fault, commonly referred to as grounds, to obtain a divorce. However, the majority of states allow at least one form of no-fault divorce in which the spouses are not required to prove that the other caused the breakdown of the marriage. If no-fault grounds for divorce are available in your state, either you or your spouse may obtain a divorce, even if one of you does not consent to the divorce. In some states both fault and no-fault divorce are available.
In most divorces, the primary issues to be decided are alimony or spousal support, property division, and, if there are children, child custody, visitation, and child support. When spouses agree on how to resolve these issues, they can usually obtain a divorce quickly. However, in many cases, divorcing spouses have disputes regarding their post-marriage financial arrangements and the care and custody of their children. Property division and alimony are often hotly contested issues in divorce proceedings, but the early advice of a family law attorney may be able to impact the ultimate result favorably.
Quality divorce representation in Arizona’s North Valley.
If you’re considering filing for divorce or you’ve been served divorce papers, you know you’re facing a challenging time ahead.
At Anthem Law, we’ll listen, we’ll respond to your unique needs, and we’ll work to ensure your divorce doesn’t consume your life. More importantly, we’ll deliver a cost-effective, common-sense approach to your divorce representation, helping deliver the experienced legal advocacy you need to arrive at an optimal outcome.
Comprehensive divorce services to meet your needs.
No matter the unique challenges you face, we have the deep family law experience to guide you through the Arizona legal system.
We can help you with:
- Contested or uncontested divorce
- Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) or mediation services
- Child custody and child support issues
- Orders for protection / injunctions against harassment
- Complex property valuation
- Spousal support and alimony issues
- Child support enforcement
- Parenting time modification
- Termination of parental rights
- Custody modifications
And, because we’re located in Arizona’s North Valley, we know the local courts, judges, rules, and opposing attorneys. This insight into the local landscape informs our legal strategy and helps you avoid heartache.
Quality, affordable representation so you don’t have to go it alone.
You may have heard that you can represent yourself by filling out “quickie-divorce” forms and filing without an attorney. That is true if you’re pursuing an uncontested divorce here in Arizona. However, our experience has shown that divorces handled without quality legal representation generally lead to expensive missteps, continued conflict, and challenges to the terms of the final settlement.
Now is not a time to cut corners; it could cost you dearly in the long run.
That is why we strive to provide you with the guidance and representation you need at affordable fees.
Reach out and schedule a low-cost consultation. We’d like to meet with you and discuss how we can help.
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