How Long Does an Uncontested Divorce Take in Arizona?
The court encourages you to reach agreements settling all issues in your divorce. If you reach agreement on all issues in your case, you are allowed to submit your Marital Settlement Agreement and Consent Decree for Dissolution of Marriage to your assigned judge sixty days after the date the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage was filed and served upon the other spouse.
The sixty day time period exists because there are statutes that permit either spouse to request free martial counseling through the court’s mental health providers to try to save your marriage.
A settlement agreement negotiated and drafted by an experienced family law attorney is almost always more comprehensive and complete than any order a court may issue. This is true because you are able to customize all of the terms of your settlement agreement to meet your unique needs and circumstances.
Also, there are a large number of other important issues the court has no authority to issue orders about, but which can be included as an enforceable part of a Marital Settlement Agreement. Simply stated, you may gain rights through an expertly drafted settlement agreement that a court would otherwise not give you.
For example, a judge does not have the legal right to order either spouse to contribute to your children’s college education. However, the judge does have the authority to enforce such a provision contained in a Marital Settlement Agreement.
You should also be aware that many judges simply do not have the time or necessary information within the time he or she has to hear and decide your case to issue an order covering all of the numerous intricate aspects of the marital relationship. A carefully drafted Marital Settlement Agreement resolves these problems.
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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.