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Filing for divorce can be a complicated process. You will need to execute a series of careful decisions about property division, child custody arrangements, alimony, and more—and your former spouse may be resistant to your requests. To fight for your rights and secure an optimal outcome in your case, you need a Mesa divorce lawyer on your side. In these situations, the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can represent you and advocate aggressively on your behalf.

Why Choose Us

  • Our attorney, Karen Schoenau, has represented Arizona residents in their divorce cases since 1987. We are dedicated to achieving an optimal resolution on your behalf.
  • We have access to the resources, skills, and knowledge necessary to develop a case strategy and devise innovative solutions to your Mesa divorce situation.
  • Our firm understands the emotional complexities of divorce proceedings. We will provide you with the compassion, support, and responsiveness you deserve.

Requirements for Filing for Divorce in Mesa

Some states require a person to bring allegations of fault, such as adultery or domestic violence, against his or her spouse in order for a court to grant divorce. However, Arizona follows a no-fault standard when it comes to these proceedings—meaning that either spouse can initiate a divorce without proving that his or her partner committed wrongdoing. You will need to meet Arizona’s residency requirements to file for divorce; you or your spouse must have lived or been stationed at a military base in Arizona for at least 90 days.

How Do You File for Divorce in Mesa?

To file for divorce, you will first need to submit a petition for the dissolution of your marriage with the appropriate court. Your attorney from the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can help you create this document and ensure that you seek optimal terms in your initial petition.

After filing the petition, you will need to serve your spouse with these papers through a sheriff, private process server, or certified mail with return service requested. Your spouse will need to file a response within 20 days, or 30 days if he or she lives out of state. Your spouse can agree to all of the terms of the Mesa divorce or disagree with your terms and file opposing papers.

If your spouse fails to submit a response, the court will enter a default judgement and grant you all of the terms that you seek. If he or she does respond, the case will enter the discovery process where you and your spouse will exchange documents and ask relevant questions in preparation for trial. Your case will then enter mediation or trial.

Mediation versus Trial in Mesa Divorce Cases

In an Arizona divorce, your case can resolve through mediation, where a third party mediator helps you and your spouse create an agreement without a court’s intervention. Your case may also proceed to trial and a judge will hear evidence from both parties. The judge will then create a divorce agreement based on this evidence. Mediation is typically faster, less expensive, and more predictable than a trial, making it an optimal choice for divorcing couples. To identify your optimal path to resolution, speak to an attorney at the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau as soon as possible.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Are you filing for divorce in Mesa? The Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can advocate aggressively for your rights. Contact us or call 480-467-3435 to discuss your case and schedule your consultation with our attorney.

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