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The end of a marriage is a difficult time. At the Law Office of Karen Schoenau, we understand this. Our experienced Scottsdale divorce attorney will be there to support you throughout the marriage dissolution process. We act as forceful advocates to protect your interests with our thorough knowledge of divorce law in Arizona, the use of strategic negotiation and courtroom action.

Why Choose Us

  • Our attorney, Karen A. Schoenau, has over 20 years of experience representing Arizona residents in family law cases with an emphasis on complex child custody claims.
  • Our firm will provide you with the resources and knowledge you need to bring your divorce case to a successful resolution.
  • We understand how difficult the divorce process can be. Our firm will provide you with dedicated, compassionate representation throughout your case.

Dedicated to Handling Divorce and All Related Issues in Scottsdale, Arizona

Our family law attorney has extensive experience handling legal separations and complex divorces in Scottsdale, as well as all of the issues that surround the end of a marriage, including:

Whether you are planning for divorce or have already filed for divorce, it is important that you consult with an attorney. Arizona is a no-fault divorce state, which means that things like adultery, abandonment and misconduct have no bearing on how the court determines issues. The only time any kind of fault may come into play is if there are allegations that directly affect the best interests of the children.

For answers to frequently asked questions about divorce in Arizona, click here.

How to File for Divorce in Scottsdale

To file for divorce in Arizona, either you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least 90 days. You will then initiate the divorce process by filing a dissolution petition in Arizona court. This petition outlines your intention to file for divorce and the specific remedies you are seeking, such as child custody arrangements and the division of your marital property. You will then need to serve your spouse with the petition through a process server or sheriff.

Your spouse will need to file a response to the petition within 20 days after being served. He or she can choose to agree to your terms or file documents with opposing requests. If he or she does not file a response, the court will enter a default judgement and grant all of the requests from the dissolution petition.

Once you file these documents, you and your spouse will begin to resolve the terms of your divorce through mediation or trial. Prior to the finalization of your divorce in Scottsdale, the judge overseeing your case may establish temporary orders for child custody, child support, alimony, and other issues during the course of your divorce. You and your spouse can also choose to reach your own agreements on these temporary orders without the intervention of a judge.

At the conclusion of the proceedings, the court will issue a final divorce decree. This document finalizes the dissolution of your marriage. If your divorce resolves in trial and you disagree with the terms, you can choose to appeal your decision to a higher court.

We Handle All Types of Scottsdale Divorce Cases

Just as every marriage is unique, so is the end of every marriage. At the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau, our legal team can handle every type of situation, from uncontested divorces to divorce reached by agreement. We are also skilled in handling the special issues that arise in the context of military divorce and in physician divorces. If you prefer to avoid the time and expense of traditional litigation, we can help guide you through the divorce mediation process. In every case, you can rely on our more than two decades of experience to help protect your interests.

Settling a Divorce Through Mediation

Some Scottsdale divorce cases end in trial, with a judge overseeing the division of property, child custody arrangements, alimony payments, and other important decisions. While it is necessary for some cases to go to court, this process can be expensive, stressful, and lengthy. Instead of a trial, you and your spouse can choose to settle your divorce during mediation.

During mediation, you and your spouse will attempt to come to an agreement on the terms of your divorce, with a trained third-party mediator overseeing the process. You may need to enter multiple mediation sessions before your case is resolved. At the conclusion of the process, you and your spouse will create the legal documents necessary to finalize the dissolution of your marriage.

The Scottsdale divorce attorney at the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can guide you through the mediation process, providing you with the support you need during your divorce proceedings. Our firm will work closely with you to develop a strategy for your divorce from the beginning, helping you achieve your best possible outcome as quickly and with the lowest cost possible.

Call for a Consultation With a Divorce Lawyer Today in Scottsdale, AZ

From asset division to child custody, we can guide you through the marriage dissolution process and handle all related issues. Contact our Phoenix divorce attorney online or call (480) 209-1918 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case. We will guide you through the legal process as quickly and as painlessly as possible.

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