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Duty of Candor in a Default Divorce in Arizona | Hildebrand Law, PC

Mon 23rd Oct, 2017 Arizona Divorce Laws

A default divorce occurs when certain the Respondent in a divorce fails to file a Response to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriages and a Notice and Affidavit of Default is filed by the Petitioner.

The court may issue a Default divorce in Arizona either my motion or an evidentiary hearing. So the question becomes, do you have a Duty of Candor in a default divorce in Arizona.

What we mean by a duty of candor is whether you have to tell your judge negative things about you, such as having a DUI conviction, at the default divorce hearing.

The answer is that your attorney has an ethical obligation to present testimony on the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your case.

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Failure to inform the court of the negative part of your case could be considered a fraud on the court that would justify setting aside the default decree later and possibly lead to financial sanctions.

It is always better to be truthful and provide your judge with a full disclosure of the potential problems in your case. A good attorney will know what you should do to prove to the Court that prior problem has been addressed and is no longer an issue for you.

If you have questions about duty of candor in default divorce in Arizona, you should seriously consider contacting the attorneys at Hildebrand Law, PC. Our Arizona divorce and family law attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience successfully representing clients in divorce and family law cases.

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