An Overview Of The Divorce Process
Overview Of 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. Submitting a Dissolution Petition
The petition for dissolution is the initial step toward obtaining a divorce. People must file their dissolution applications with the court that has jurisdiction over the case, according to A.R.S. 25-311.
2. Process Serving and Reaction
The court will send you a notice and summons to answer when you submit your petition and other papers. You must serve your spouse with copies of the petition, summons, and any other legal documents filed in the case. Your spouse will be referred to as the respondent and you as the petitioner. You have the option of hiring a private process server or having your spouse served by 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 Procedure
The divorce case will proceed to the discovery phase when the petition and response have been submitted. You and your spouse have the right to receive information about your assets and other essential aspects of your case from each other.
5. Reaching an Agreement
Except in circumstances involving domestic violence, drug or alcohol misuse, child abuse, or those who may be hiding assets, it is frequently preferable to try to settle a divorce dispute through negotiation. People who are able to negotiate divorce settlements are often happier than those who rely on the judge's decision.
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. Child Custody and Divorce
If you and your spouse have minor children, you must submit a petition for dissolution with minor children. You and your husband will need to work up a parenting plan in this type of divorce. If you can't agree, you'll each have to submit a parenting plan to the court.
8. Child Support Determination
Child support is another factor to consider in a divorce in Arizona involving children. Both parents are required to financially contribute to their child's upbringing under A.R.S. 25-501. Child support guidelines exist in Arizona for judges to utilize when deciding how much money to order. This can make the amount of child support you owe or receive more predictable.
9. Keeping Your Children's Best Interests in Mind
If you and your spouse can't agree on child custody, the court will apply the elements described in A.R.S. 25-403's best interests of the child criterion to make a decision. Whether or not you go to trial on your child custody issues, you should act in a way that minimizes emotional injury to your children during and after your divorce.
Do You Have Divorce-Related Questions?
Divorce is a difficult process for most people. Contact the Law Office of Daniel Hutto for assistance and guidance if you wish to dissolve your marriage or have been issued with a divorce petition. Call us today at (602) 536-7878 for a one-on-one consultation with one of our experience family law attorneys.