Can I Get Divorced In Arizona If I Am Out Of The State Or Country?

As long as you or your spouse has been a resident of Arizona for 90 days or more at the time of filing, you can get a divorce in Arizona.  If you are in the military and serving overseas, Arizona may still be your residence. If you are divorcing using mediation or another cooperative means, you do not even have to come to Arizona to complete the divorce. With mediation, all discussions can occur over the phone or via Skype, or another online conference site.  The mediator would draft all the … [Read more...]

Dear Abby Hits The Nail On The Head Regarding Mediated Divorces

On March 27, 2011, someone wrote in to Dear Abby explaining that he wanted to mediate his divorce, and his wife told him if he wanted a divorce, he would need to get a lawyer.  Abby, in her infinite wisdom responded: I have seen both kinds of divorces — one in which the warring spouses spent so much money in litigation there was little left for each of them when it was over; and the other, in which the couple agreed their marriage was broken beyond repair and arranged their divorce with as … [Read more...]

What Is A Default Decree Or Default Divorce In Arizona?

A divorce is initiated in Arizona when a party filed a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.  The party who files the Petition is called the “Petitioner.”  The other party is called the “Respondent.”  The Petitioner has to serve the Respondent with the Petition.  Service is completed with the aid of a process server.  In the alternative, service is completed when the Respondent voluntarily signs a document called an Acceptance of Service.  The Respondent, if living in state, has 20 days to file … [Read more...]

When Will Arizona Follow Suit With Mandatory Mediation For Family Law Cases

Courts in the United Kingdom have just made mediation mandatory for family law disputes.  Mail Online, October 18, 2010. The courts moved to this system because it determined that the normal system is “really intolerable for both children and parents – and damaging.”  The chair of the committee implementing the change, David Norgrove, also noted:  ‘There is a general sense that more cases can and should be devolved from the court-based process.” In addition to the emotional benefit for the … [Read more...]

The Family Law Mediation Process In Arizona Explained

When you use Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC to mediate your dissolution or paternity action, the sequence of events is normally as follows: 1.     The two parties can come in for a complimentary consultation.  They can ask any questions they have about the process and select a mutually agreeable mediation appointment.  Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC provides after-hours mediations where the parties’ schedules require it. 2.     Prior to the first session, the mediator e-mails (or mails) … [Read more...]

Arizona Divorce

If you are reading this article, you are likely contemplating or facing a divorce.  As a divorce attorney of almost 15 years and a long-term mediator, I am here to tell you that there are options on how you can process the divorce in Arizona.  Your choices will impact how long, expensive and stressful the process will be, as well as how much control you will have over the outcome. In an Arizona divorce, either the parties or the Court will determine such issues as:  custody, parental … [Read more...]

Why using Mediation will lower your carbon footprint versus Litigation in Arizona

There are so many reasons to mediate your dispute, rather than litigate it. Below are the reasons environmentally aware people would want to mediate: 1. You will save trees.  Litigation often requires a lot of paper.  I have had litigated cases that take up four banker boxes or more of papers.  What is written on all of these pages?  There are:  a. Motions, responses to motions and replies to motions.  During litigation, the parties can file motions requesting such things as: … [Read more...]

Ground Rules To Help Make Your Arizona Mediation Successful

Mediation works best when both parties come in with the right mindset.  The mediator will guide you in this process, but there are things you can do that will help make your mediation successful: 1. Be respectful. It makes the mediation a lot more pleasant, and it facilitates open communication that is more likely to result in settlement.  Mediation works when both parties are willing to listen and understand the other’s interests and needs. 2. Be reasonable. Make and consider offers that … [Read more...]

Divorce in Arizona your First Step

If you are reading this article, you are probably considering a divorce in Arizona or helping a loved one who is faced with one.  My purpose in writing articles is to let people know they have a choice in how they end their marriage.  Many people assume that the only way to get divorced is to engage in an adversarial process.  That is not true.  While you can use the traditional litigation process, that is not the only option. Traditional litigation involves one party filing a Petition … [Read more...]

Minimize Negative Effects of Divorce on Your Children in Arizona

There have been a number of studies on the effects of divorce on children.   Divorce has been found to be “an intensely stressful experience for all children.”  [1] Children often are frightened, confused and feel a loss of control and security.  [2] The amount of parental conflict during and after a divorce is the single most important factor in determining children’s well-being. [3] The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry concluded: Children will do best if they … [Read more...]

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