Finding The Right Path For Your Divorce
Divorce is never easy, but some divorces involve more conflict than others. In Arizona, you can file for either a contested or an uncontested divorce. If you and your spouse can agree on all aspects of your divorce, you can pursue a simpler process that may not require a drawn-out trial. Otherwise, you must go through a more traditional process.
No matter what path your divorce follows, the attorneys at Ayala Law Office, P.C., will be there to guide you. We believe in offering cost-effective legal solutions that are personalized to every client’s needs. You can rely on our experience and dedication to help you achieve your goals.
Can You Agree On An Uncontested Divorce?
An uncontested divorce can provide many advantages and will generally save you time and money. The catch is that you and your spouse must agree on all aspects of your divorce, including:
- Child custody
- Property and debt division
- Child support
- Spousal support (alimony)
If you think you may be close to an agreement but are stuck on one or two issues, we can help you negotiate those issues. You may also find that mediation closes the gap.
To get started, one of you should file your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and pay your filing fees. The other person responds, and you submit your Marital Settlement Agreement to the court for approval. You must submit a separate parenting plan containing your custody and time-sharing agreement. Your agreements must cover a number of details, which we will help you with.
When You Cannot Find Common Ground
Unfortunately, many couples are unable to agree on all issues and must pursue a contested divorce. Though they take longer and will ultimately cost more, you can rest assured that we will fight to protect your rights throughout the contested divorce process. We can continue to try to negotiate a settlement agreement while pursuing your contested divorce.
In some contested cases, one or both sides may decide to involve professionals in the areas of finance, business valuation and child psychology. Both sides must complete all discovery and disclosures. Finally, these cases go to trial before a family court judge.
Get Started With A Consultation
Our attorneys are here to help you start your journey and discover the best path forward for you and your family. To schedule a consultation, please reach out to us online or call our office in Tucson at 520-585-4501.