Learn About Getting a Divorce
If you want a divorce in Arizona, you may want to contact Hildebrand Law, PC. Our lawyers have extensive knowledge of divorce laws in Arizona and have helped many individuals protect their rights. We have extensive experience in family law matters and take the time to sit down with each client to discuss their case. With a trusted attorney on your side, the divorce process may go much smoother for you.
How Long a Divorce Takes
The amount of time it takes to get a divorce in Arizona often depends on several factors, such as:
- If your divorce is contested or uncontested
- Whether you are filing a no-fault or a fault-based divorce
- Whether or not your spouse is hiding assets, or you suspect this may be the case
- Whether or not you can locate your spouse to serve the divorce papers
- Whether or not you have disagreements with your divorcing spouse about child custody matters
An experienced divorce attorney can evaluate all of the factors in your case and give you an estimated amount of time your divorce process will take.
Common Divorce Mistakes to Avoid
Getting a divorce in Arizona can be stressful. Feeling overwhelmed with emotion may cause you to think irrationally and make poor decisions. These are common mistakes that you will want to avoid during your divorce proceeding:
- Speaking negatively about your spouse in front of your children. You may be angry with your spouse, but that doesn’t mean you should speak poorly of him or her in front of your kids. Doing this can be emotionally harmful to your children. It can also increase the level of conflict between you and your spouse.
- Taking your children on vacation without agreement from your spouse. If you want to take your kids on a trip out of town, be sure to make prior arrangements with your soon-to-be ex-spouse beforehand. Otherwise, they may accuse you of kidnapping or being an irresponsible parent. Neither will bode well when it comes time for the judge to make a ruling on child custody.
- Arriving late to visits with your children. It’s important to deliver your children to your separated spouse at the agreed upon times. Again, this demonstrates responsibility and reduces the chances of additional stress and conflict during an emotionally difficult time.
- Lying about assets. If you want to get a divorce in Arizona, it’s important to disclose all of your assets to the court. If you attempt to hide assets and the judge or your spouse’s attorney proves you have done this, it can negatively affect you in the divorce proceedings.
- Not hiring a divorce lawyer. It is not a good idea to go through a divorce without qualified legal representation. Even successful divorce lawyers rarely represent themselves in court. A divorce can be quite complicated, and it helps to have an experienced divorce lawyer on your side. He or she may help you file the necessary paperwork, offer objective advice and handle communication with your spouse.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about an Arizona divorce to ensure everyone has access to information about divorce laws in Arizona. Chris is a divorce attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a divorce should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and actually caring about what his clients are going through in a divorce.