Divorce and other family law matters lead to stress, anger, and confusion. Unfortunately, they also require the parties involved to look past these emotions, and make decisions that will permanently affect their lives and the lives of their family.
Lincoln Green, Jr. is one of the most experienced and reputable Phoenix family law lawyers practicing today. He understands that his most important responsibilities are to bring clarity to the process, answer commonly asked questions, and help his clients make difficult choices.
The following questions and answers are for informational purposes only, and you should not rely upon them as legal advice.
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- How long does the divorce process take?
- Do we have to go to court?
- How will the court divide our property?
- How much spousal support will I have to pay?
- How much child support will I have to pay?
- How do I enforce my custody or support order?
Arizona law requires a 60-day waiting period after the filing and service of the initial dissolution documents. Once the 60 days pass, an uncontested divorce normally takes between 90 and 120 days. However, if spouses disagree on aspects of the divorce, the divorce is deemed contested and can take substantially longer.
An amicable settlement is generally preferable to litigation. If your goal is to avoid court, a reputable Phoenix family law lawyer like Lincoln Green, Jr. can help you achieve an amicable resolution while protecting your interests.
Arizona is a community property state, meaning that spouses jointly own most property acquired during marriage, excluding gifts and inheritances. Upon divorce, a court determines if a 50-50 division of property is fair, or if other factors make an even split less than equitable.
A court may order spousal maintenance payments (also called alimony), depending on such factors as whether or not:
- One spouse lacks sufficient property, including apportioned property, to meet his or her reasonable needs
- One spouse is unable to be self-sufficient through employment, or cannot support him- or herself with reasonable employment because he or she is taking care of a minor child
- One spouse contributed to the education of the other spouse
- The marriage was lengthy and due to advanced age, one spouse has little chance of finding employment
In Arizona, a court order is the only way to establish the amount of child support. The court uses the income of both parents to determine the amount of support that the non-custodial parent must pay the custodial parent. Arizona follows specific guidelines that seek to approximate the amount spent on the children if the parents and children were living together.
Once custody and support amounts have been determined by the court, your spouse must make payments on time, on a monthly basis. If payments are not received on time, you can pursue a variety of actions, including (but not limited to) the following:
- Court action that could result in incarceration
- Liens on personal and real property and motor vehicles
- License suspension
- Tax refund intercepts
- Bank account seizure
Yes. A court may modify a divorce agreement, even after issuance of the final decree. This applies to spousal maintenance, child custody and support, and parenting time or visitation.
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