Filing Divorce in Mesa, Arizona

MESA DIVORCE LAWYERS

Mesa divorce lawyers can help you if you are facing; Divorce, or dissolution of marriage, is the legal process when a marriage ends.  Our Mesa divorce lawyers can help guide you through the sometimes complex steps of filing for divorce in Mesa, Arizona.  At My AZ Lawyers, we want to help you define what you are hoping to achieve through filing for divorce.

In addition, our Mesa divorce lawyers want you to have a solid understanding of your rights and responsibilities when filing for divorce in Mesa, AZ.  We have handled hundreds of divorces and know the Arizona family law system well.  We will also help you identify options that you might not have known were available.

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To resolve issues that may accompany a divorce, it is important you seek experienced Mesa Divorce representation.  Because each case is different, My AZ Family Law Lawyers are prepared to protect your rights and represent your best interests no matter what family matters arise.

Furthermore, divorce in Mesa does not usually present itself alone.  Additional issues seem to always come along with every divorce.  Some of those issues include a myriad of other family law issues that can accompany a divorce.

Divorce, Alimony, Child Support, Division of assets, Parenting time

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DIVORCE IN MESA, ARIZONA

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Divorce is a legal dissolution of a marriage.  More than 60% of marriages in Mesa, Arizona ends in divorce.  When it comes to divorce, Arizona is both a no-fault divorce state and a community property state.  Thus, meaning that there needs not be a reason in order to get a divorce and neither party is placed blame for the divorce.  Plus, since AZ is a community property state, all debts and assets accumulated during the marriage are shared by both divorcing parties.  Contact our experienced Mesa divorce attorneys for assistance on a legal separation or divorce proceeding in Mesa or Phoenix, AZ.

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Initially, you will want to consult with a qualified Mesa Divorce Lawyer to learn your options and legal rights.  It is important to explain what you are seeking in your Mesa divorce proceeding. Your divorce paperwork will then be filed with the court and your spouse then needs to be served with this paperwork.  Next, your spouse will either respond with their own demands or the judge will issue a default ruling on your divorce based on your petition.  A default is usually the most beneficial as you are able to get much of what you are wanting to get in a divorce.

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Representing yourself without an attorney is never the best idea.  Keep in mind, you won’t be provided a court-appointed family law attorney for your divorce in Mesa. Therefore, you may choose to represent yourself if you don’t wish to hire a private divorce attorney.  However, our Mesa Family Lawyers do not suggest self representation in a Mesa divorce.

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Arizona is a no-fault state when it comes to divorce.  Therefore, the person who files the divorce can not get a divorce based on a reason such as abuse, neglect, or adultery.  It does not matter in a no-fault state such as Arizona.  Thus, if you are considering getting divorced in Mesa or Maricopa County, please contact our Mesa Divorce Attorneys for additional information on grounds for divorce.  We offer free consultations, years of experience, and payment plans curtailed to every budget.

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If you and your spouse are getting an uncontested divorce in Mesa, Arizona, your divorce can be finalized 60 days after your petition is filed.  Seeking the assistance of an experienced Mesa Divorce Attorney may lessen your time as you can be assured that no mistakes are made in your divorce petition.  The 60 days is the mandatory minimum waiting period before a divorce can be granted in Arizona. However, it may take you far longer than that to finalize your divorce if you and your spouse disagree on the terms of getting divorced.  Some of the things that you and your spouse may not agree upon include: child support, child custody, alimony/spousal maintenance, or asset and property division.

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The guidelines for calculating child support in Arizona will be determined by the judge.  The decision of child support in a Mesa divorce will factor in, parenting time, needs of the child, income of each parent, and the lifestyle of the child or children prior to the divorce.  The judge will have tables of what are acceptable ranges for child support payments, but each case is subject to discretion.  Child support can also be determined though agreement of the two parties.  If the 2 divorcing parties can not settle on a child support figure, the Arizona Family Law judge will make the call.

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There is no waiting period to get remarried in Arizona once your divorce has been finalized.  You are free to get married again as soon as your divorce is complete and finalized.  Contact our Mesa Divorce Lawyers for additional assistance.

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Some of the things that may also happen when filing for divorce in Mesa, Arizona include:

  • Alimony / Spousal Support in Mesa, Arizona.
  • Child custody in Mesa, AZ.
  • Child visitation / parenting time in Mesa.
  • Division of marital assets, property, and debts in mesa, Arizona.

Because Arizona is a no-fault divorce state, if there is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation and a marriage is broken, a spouse may request that a divorce be granted.  Our attorneys know the Mesa divorce law.  We know the courts, judges, and process.  Our team works to provide you with expert and trusted representation, information, and options to resolve your divorce issues.

Contact Arizona Attorney Candace Kallen at My AZ Lawyers if you are considering divorce and need a Mesa Arizona Family Lawyer to assist.  Ms. Kallen understands that it is important to hire an attorney to help you through the process and help you with documents, court appearances, and negotiations.  She understands the ins and outs of divorce proceedings because she has experience in helping clients in Mesa, Arizona.  Having gone through a divorce, Ms. Kallen is understanding, but more importantly, ready to fight for your rights and get your desired outcome in the case.

Filing Divorce in Mesa

To file divorce in Mesa,  you or your spouse must have lived in Arizona for at least 90 days before filing of the case.  Generally the time period is six months if your case involves family law issues such as child support or custody.  After your initial consultation, our attorney will be able to better provide you with an idea of how long your case might take.  Sometimes a simple divorce can be final in 90 days.  A more complex divorce may take longer. Take advantage of My AZ Family Law Lawyers FREE CONSULTATION. Schedule your free initial, no obligation consultation with an experienced Mesa divorce attorney. Call 480.833.8000

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Alimony and Divorce in Mesa

Is Alimony Guaranteed in a Mesa Divorce?

When getting divorced in Mesa, Arizona, it is not uncommon for the court to order one spouse to pay the other spouse alimony (also known as spousal support).  However, alimony is NOT guaranteed in every divorce.  It is more commonly awarded in marriages of long duration or if there is a great disparity between the income of the 2 spouses.  It is best to seek the assistance of an experienced Mesa Divorce Lawyer when dealing with either a marriage of long duration in Arizona or a divorce that may have spousal maintenance ordered.
If you are awarded spousal maintenance in a Mesa divorce, a judge will decide how long the alimony shall be paid.  Generally, alimony does not exceed 20% of the monthly gross income of paying party.  Furthermore, this can exceed 20% if both spouses agree on an amount.  Another thing to keep in mind, if you develop a disability, it is possible for alimony to be extended.

Factors that are Factored in Calculating Alimony in Mesa, Arizona

When determining if alimony is going to be awarded.  The Arizona family law judge will take a look at several factors.  These factors will be used to determine if spousal support should be awarded and how much will be awarded.
  • All financial resources of both spouses.
  • The length of the marriage.
  • The employment skills and education of each spouse.
  • Your age, earning potential, and employment history.
  • The health and age of each spouse.
  • Each spouse’s financial situation.
  • The contribution of each spouse to the family.
  • Mental and physical condition of each spouse.

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Calculating Spousal Support in a Mesa Divorce

In some Mesa divorce cases, a spousal support order may be ordered temporarily until the divorce proceedings are finalized.  Additionally, it may be awarded long enough for a spouse to obtain the necessary training or education to obtain suitable employment.
If alimony is awarded in a divorce in Mesa, AZ, there are a couple of options as to how the payments of this spousal maintenance can be made.  Either in one “lump sum” or it could be in payments.
 
Although monthly alimony payments are the most common arrangement in Mesa. However, at the end of the day, the AZ Family Court exercises a vast amount of discretion to determine a schedule for spousal support that is fair to both parties.
 
Moreover, even after spousal support is ordered, it is possible to get the spousal support modified.  Either party can ask for a modification by petitioning the court.  A substantial change is necessary to request a modification of spousal support.  Additionally, if the receiving spouse remarries, there is a high probability that the payments will be terminated. 

Debt and Assets accrued during the Marriage

In a Mesa divorce, debt and assets accrued during the marriage are divided equally.  My AZ Family Law Lawyers are understanding of your divorce, but will be aggressive when protecting your rights and obtaining an equitable division of property.  If spousal maintenance issues, child custody/visitation, or business and assist valuations need to be resolved, you need an experienced Mesa divorce lawyer.

ABOUT OUR MESA FAMILY LAW FIRM

The Mesa divorce lawyers at My Arizona Lawyers work diligently to keep our fees low while aggressively representing the best interest of our clients.  Our experienced Mesa family law attorneys and staff are here to work with you every step of the way.  No matter how big or small your case, our dedicated Mesa family law staff will provide full support and guidance throughout the process.

We know that this is a stressful time for you and your family.  Let our family friendly law office relieve some of the stresses brought on by divorce, child support arguments, paternity issues, restraining orders, child custody issues, asset protection, or spousal maintenance questions.  Our experienced Mesa attorneys have helped thousands of people in Mesa and throughout the East Valley of Phoenix with family law issues.