Divorce or Reconciliation
You’ve just received a Divorce petition from your spouse, and it’s caught you off guard. You had your differences, but never did you think he/she would want to end a marriage, after twenty years, with children, and shared memories. But, perhaps your spouse has met another, and wants to end the marriage, and remarry this partner. Since Arizona is a ‘no fault’ state when it comes to ending a marriage, does it give you any chance to oppose the divorce? This is a guide to understanding the divorce procedure, and using it for your benefit.
Hire a Lawyer
The end of your marriage is now becoming a reality. Perhaps this came as a shock to you; maybe you thought your marriage was strong, but your spouse wants to end it, and possibly wants to marry somebody else. You’re under a great deal of stress and yours days are becoming more difficult to cope with—this is a major change in your life, and you need the help of an objective professional to guide you through the divorce. There are many procedures, and ignoring them or missing deadlines could cost you future spousal support, or a chance to negotiate a fair settlement.
Never Ignore the Petition
If you fail to reply to the divorce petition, your spouse could be granted a decree within 60 days. Once a petition is filed with the court, it becomes a legal proceeding, and it is never wise to ignore a court. If you live within the state of Arizona you have 20 days from the minute you are served with the petition, and 30 days if you are outside the state. Have your Phoenix divorce lawyer review the petition and help you craft a response that addresses your wishes and concerns. Don’t make the process more difficult than it needs to be.
How the Process Works for You
Arizona law imposes a 60 day ‘cooling off’ period. Even if you did not respond to the divorce petition, the 60 day period still holds before your spouse can get a ‘default divorce’. That means you have two months to attempt reconciliation. Rather than attempt to mend the marriage on your own, you would be better off contacting a divorce lawyer to manage the divorce process for you.
Your lawyer, in the response to the petition, can ask for a Conciliation hearing. This will give you a sixty (60) day pause on the divorce. If the attempt at reconciliation fails, the divorce proceeding will resume sixty (60) days after the meeting. On the other hand, if the reconciliation takes place, that’s the end of the divorce. It gives both you and your spouse time to think about the past, present and future.
How We Can Help You
At Enholm Law, PLLC we recognize the importance of mediation in divorce. There’s enough distress to you, your family and even your ex-spouse. With good legal advice, you can minimize the pain of divorce.
Whether or not you get a reconciliation or divorce, you need legal help. There is no substitute for solid legal advice from a compassionate, experienced professional. The Enholm Law, PLLC Phoenix Divorce Lawyer that you meet with for your free consultation has solid experience with Conciliation and Divorce court in Arizona. Enholm Law, PLLC promises clear fee structures, easy affordable payment plans, comprehensive trial plans, excellent communication and ongoing training in all areas of Phoenix Family Law. You need to start a new life and choosing the right family law firm will work with you to make it a reality.
Call (602)889-6273 for a free initial consultation with an attorney from the Enholm Law, PLLC Family Law Firm today.