An Experienced Phoenix Family Law Firm Can Help
Learn About the Divorce Process in Arizona from Gilbert Divorce Attorney, Steven Cole
If you are considering divorce, you’ll need to protect your rights. To do so, select an experienced family lawyer early in the process. A good attorney will know the procedures, and understand when to be amicable and when to be aggressive. In some cases, couples can resolve their issues without contention. In others, you’ll need the help of an assertive family attorney.
File for Divorce in Compliance with Arizona Family Law
You can initiate the divorce by filing for divorce with the Superior Court in the county where you reside. Your attorney can help you get the proper paperwork in order so that you can submit it to the county.
If Necessary, Your Attorney Can Help with Temporary Court Orders
Once you have filed for divorce, a series of temporary orders may be issued by the court that define parameters for the usual issues that come up in divorce: temporary child custody and visitation orders may be outlined, or temporary rules regarding property will be administered and remain in effect until the divorce is settled, as well as rules for paying the bills.
The Discovery Process: An Experienced Phoenix Family Law Firm Can Find Evidence
During the discovery process, each spouse will provide all necessary information and evidence to the other party. This could include financial information or evidence for other issues. In some cases, you could include a deposition, in which testimony is collected from witnesses by your attorney (out of court) to be used later as evidence in the divorce proceedings. While this may be an unpleasant process, it is an important way to review the facts of your case. If your spouse is uncooperative, your attorney can ask for a court order to compel him or her to comply.
Opportunity to Reach a Settlement
At this stage, parties to divorce are encouraged to settle out of court, if possible. An uncontested divorce helps couples resolve their differences out of court and without contention. Couples who still get along and can agree on the parameters of their divorce will save money and time with this option, while minimizing the stress on children.
If Your Divorce Goes to Trial, an Aggressive Gilbert Divorce Attorney Can Help
If differences cannot be resolved out of court, your divorce will go to trial. At this stage, it is helpful to have an aggressive and experienced family law attorney at your side. In some cases, court battles over property and debt division, child support, or finances involving high assets could be contentious.
If you are considering divorce, speak with a dedicated family attorney. At the law office of Steven N. Cole, our attorneys know when to approach a case peacefully, but also have the confidence and know-how to move ahead aggressively if your case warrants it.
Contact us for a free consultation. We will offer honest and detailed answers about your legal options so you can protect your rights. If you need them, we can use aggressive legal tactics that you would normally find at a larger law firm, but without the costs.