What Does it Mean if Your Divorce Case is on the Inactive Calendar in Arizona?
The Reasons for the Inactive Calendar in Arizona
Some people have asked what does it mean if your divorce case is on the inactive calendar in Arizona? Arizona judges are required by a mandate from the Arizona Supreme Court and rules promulgated by the Supreme Court to process cases efficiently to avoid prolonged litigation in divorce cases. The court does not automatically set a case for trial after a divorce petition is filed.
The rules require at least one of the parties to submit a Motion to Set and Certificate of Readiness to set the trial or file a Motion for a Resolution Management Conference, which is a request to meet with the judge before the trial is scheduled.
After a period of time, you may receive notice your case has been placed on the Inactive Calendar. The notice will provide a date by which you must either submit a Marital Settlement Agreement, file a motion to set the case for trial, file a motion to schedule a Resolution Management Conference or file a motion for an extension on the court’s inactive calendar containing the reasons for the request.
If you do not do one of those things by the date provided in the notice, your case will be dismissed. Therefore, it is essential to know the date you are required to file the necessary documents to avoid the dismissal of your case.
If you have received notice your case will be dismissed because of the length of time it has been on the inactive calendar, you may want to inquire as to why your case has not already been prepared for either a settlement conference or a trial.
Although there are some large cases that may take more time to prepare and, therefore, need a longer time to prepare, almost all cases can be prepared in sufficient time as to not require a continuance on the court’s inactive calendar.
One of the possible reasons your case may be subject to dismissal is because the person handling the case may not be on top of getting the case ready for settlement or trial. Although that is not always the case, you should ask for the reasons your case has not been prepared in the time the court requires.
The divorce and family law attorneys at Hildebrand Law, PC have about half the caseload of most other family law firms. The reasons we keep our caseloads down to about half what other attorneys manage at any given time is because we believe thoroughness and speed, along with a thorough understanding of divorce law in Arizona, give us and our clients a huge advantage.
Think about it . . . half the cases mean each attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC can work twice as quickly on the divorce process and be much more thorough than most of our opposing counsel. That practice philosophy gives our clients a tactical advantage in Arizona divorce and family law cases.
Contact Our Scottsdale Arizona Divorce Attorneys
If you are in need of a divorce lawyer in Arizona, the family law firm of Hildebrand Law, PC is only a phone call away. Our attorneys handle all types of divorce cases in Arizona. Please call (480)305-8300 if you wish to speak with our Arizona divorce lawyers or have additional questions regarding Arizona divorce laws.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about the court’s inactive calender in an Arizona divorce 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.