Learn if You Can Stop an Arizona Divorce
If your spouse files a Petition for Divorce and you aren’t ready to give up on your marriage, it can be incredibly devastating. If, after your spouse files, you still don’t want to get divorced, you can request that the two of you attend a conciliation meeting at no charge.
The divorce proceedings will be put on hold for up to 60 days while the conciliation meeting takes place. The hope for the conciliation meeting is obviously for reconciliation. If the desired result simply cannot be achieved, and the two of you cannot agree to postpone the divorce, the divorce will then proceed.
If you can agree to delay the divorce proceedings at your conciliation meeting, you can take the time to work on your marriage. Many spouses ignore signs of discontent from their partner for years. Now is the time to address any and all of the issues that were pushed aside because they didn’t seem that important.
Many spouses find themselves “blindsided” by their partner’s request to move out, end the marriage, get divorced, etc. Since you’re already at this point and your spouse has already filed for divorce, you can feel as if you are on very shaky ground. But don’t lose all hope, you can still make an effort to save your marriage and stop your divorce.
Stop a Divorce in Arizona | How to Do It
How Can I Stop My Divorce?
Be Proactive – Don’t take the time to panic, mope, etc. Make an action plan immediately and start as soon as possible.
Avoid Playing the Victim – You may be warranted in your feelings, but now is not the time to demand, “How could you do this to me?”. Guilting your partner into sticking it out is not likely to be a successful game plan at this point. Change your focus to a more positive spin. Pinpoint the desirable traits you bring to the marriage and focus on them.
Be Clear – Make a list of the complaints that you remember your spouse making that until now, seemed normal or unimportant in the long run, but that in hindsight you can see where attempts to rectify issues they saw as major problems in your relationship. Map a plan out to resolve every negative on the list.
Learn Marriage Skills – Everyone needs to know how to do something before they start doing it. While there aren’t many of us who would jump into the courtroom and attempt to argue a case without first doing the preparation that results in an effective presentation of their case, too many of us jump straight into marriage with little or no training on how to be a good marriage partner. Now is a good time to make sure you know what a good marriage partner means being and how you can be the best you can be for your spouse.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about stopping a divorce in Arizona to ensure everyone has access to information about divorce laws in Arizona. Chris is a family law 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.