If you’re looking for an Arizona divorce lawyer, then you’re likely going through one of the most emotional and stressful times in your life. The decision to file for divorce is a difficult one, and you may be required to make painful legal and financial decisions that will impact your financial security, your children’s lives, your income and other aspects of your lifestyle. It is extremely important to know what you can expect before you begin initiating divorce proceedings.
Simply put, a divorce refers to the legal dissolution of a marriage by a court procedure, while factoring in child support and custody, division of community property and debt, and if applicable, determination of spousal maintenance or alimony. In Arizona, a court will accept a divorce case only if one of the residents has been a domiciled resident of Arizona for at least 90 days before filing the petition for divorce, or was stationed in Arizona while in military service, for a minimum of 90 days before filing the divorce petition.
With the exception of a covenant marriage, Arizona is considered a “no fault” state. A party to a marriage may simply allege that the marriage is irretrievably broken and move forward toward a divorce.
On rare occasions, the parties may belong to a covenant marriage. Under this circumstance, the grounds for divorce are dictated by Arizona Revised Statue §25-903.
A legal separation is very similar to a dissolution of marriage or divorce, except that the partners cannot marry again. Every other aspect of a legal separation may be very similar to a divorce in terms of child support and custody, spousal maintenance, and the disposition of the property.
A court may agree to a legal separation if:
In a marriage, one spouse frequently makes sacrifices for the benefit of the marriage that can have an adverse impact on that spouse’s ability to support him or herself. There may be other facts that might make it difficult for a spouse to support him or herself in the case of divorce. Under such circumstances, an award of spousal maintenance, or alimony might be awarded to that spouse. These circumstances and factors are outlined in Arizona Revised Statute §25-319.
Spousal maintenance may be granted to a spouse if he/she:
The amount of spousal maintenance can depend on:
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