Before filing for divorce in Arizona, it is essential you have a basic understanding of Arizona’s divorce laws. If you are considering divorce in Arizona, the following answers some of the most common questions posed regarding divorce in Arizona. For more information on any of these issues and specific guidance in your divorce case, contact an experienced Arizona family law attorney.
A bifurcated divorce is a divorce that is separated into two parts, marital status, and all other issues. A bifurcated divorce allows a couple to terminate their marriage before settling any other matters related to their marriage, such as:
This can afford a couple the opportunity to resolve some or all of their marital issues outside of court with the benefit of being legally divorced. However, Arizona is one of several states that does not permit divorcing couples to use a bifurcated divorce in terminating their marriage.
Some divorces are relatively simple and can take as little as sixty to one hundred twenty days to complete. These are typically no-contest or uncontested divorces.
A contested divorce can take one to two years, depending on the debated issues.
Every divorce is unique, and costs are dependent upon the individuals their circumstances. However, an uncontested divorce typically costs between $2,500.00 to $3,500.00 to complete. More complex or highly contested divorce cases can easily top the national average of $30,000.00.
Both parents have the right to care, custody, and control of their children at the time of the divorce filing. When the court considers child custody, it is required to take the following factors into its final custody ruling:
Child support is required by Arizona law and is calculated according to the Arizona Child Support Guidelines. This calculation uses the parents’ incomes while considering any health insurance and daycare costs for the children. The amount of time each parent spends with the children also affects the child support amount.
Alimony in a divorce is based on the need of one spouse and the other spouse’s ability to pay. If the court determines alimony or spousal maintenance is appropriate, the court considers factors such as the following when deciding how much alimony to award a spouse in a divorce and for how long:
In Arizona, all community property is divided equitably in a divorce, and each spouse receives their respective sole and separate property. All property acquired during a marriage is presumed to be community property, although there are some exceptions.
If you have questions about divorce in Maricopa or Pinal County, Wilson-Goodman, PLLC, can help. Our experienced family law attorneys can answer address any concerns you have about your pending divorce.
If you are considering divorce, meet confidentially with one of our Chandler divorce attorneys for more information about any of the above issues. We will gladly set your mind at ease and work diligently to make this difficult life transition as seamless as possible.