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Can I get a divorce without going to court?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Yes, you can get a divorce in Arizona without ever going to court or stepping foot in the courthouse! In Arizona, there are various ways that a divorce can be finalized.  Whether or not you have to go to Court to get a divorce depends on how your divorce is finalized. Consent Divorce If you and your spouse agree on everything, you will be divorced by consent. Neither spouse needs to go to court when divorcing via consent. Default Divorce If your spouse...

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Do I have to take a parenting class?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Yes, if parents have a minor child or children together, each parent must attend a mandatory Parent Information Program class. In this class, parents learn about the impact of divorce on children. Both parents are required to attend the parenting class separately. Even if they do not have any disagreements regarding custody of their children, the parents must attend separately. If one parent fails to attend the Court-mandated class, that parent may not be allowed to have custody and/or...

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How do I get an Arizona divorce by default?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] In Arizona, an "uncontested divorce" is called a "default divorce." In most other states, it's called an "uncontested divorce," but Arizona likes to be different! They call it a default divorce in Arizona.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="12px"][vc_column_text]Once you file for divorce, you must have your spouse served with the documents. You can serve them by using a process server or certified mail. If both people are amicable, the other party can just sign an Acceptance of Service (AOS).   Upon completion of service, your spouse...

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Can I request counseling before divorce?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]In Arizona, only one spouse has to want a divorce in order to achieve it. (That statement does not apply to covenant marriage, read more about covenant divorce in Arizona.) Oftentimes, the spouse not seeking the divorce would like to attempt counseling before the divorce is filed or finalized. However, there is no way to "force" the spouse that desires a divorce to seek counseling if they don't want to attend.   What options are there for counseling? To resolve this conflict, the...

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What is a certified legal document preparer?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]A Certified Legal Document Preparer is someone certified by the Arizona Supreme Court to have the necessary legal knowledge, experience and ethics to assist individuals with completion and filing of legal documents according to the Court's requirements. They can also help explain the law and explicitly outline the steps to various legal procedures.   Affordable Family Law is a certified legal document preparation company. At Affordable Family Law our certified legal document preparer, Jessica Worley, has over ten years of previous...

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What is a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage?

Whether you proceed via consent, default or your divorce is contested, your divorce will be finalized with a document called a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage. The Decree of Dissolution of Marriage outlines every aspect of your divorce, including legal-decision making (custody), parenting time and child support for your children, spousal maintenance (alimony), and division of property, assets and debts....

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