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Although divorce is relatively common, this legal proceeding can lead to stress and painful emotions. As a result, it can be difficult to keep a clear and objective mindset throughout the Phoenix divorce process, which can harm your interests.

If you are filing for divorce, you need an attorney on your side—and the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can help. Our Phoenix divorce lawyer advocates for your rights during divorce proceedings and work diligently to achieve an optimal resolution in your case.

Why Choose Us

  • Divorces can be highly emotional and sensitive processes. Our firm is dedicated to providing you with compassion and support from consultation to resolution.
  • Our attorney, Karen Schoenau, has over 20 years of experience in Arizona family law and can advocate aggressively for your rights during each stage of your divorce.
  • Our firm is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome in your divorce and will help you devise innovative solutions to navigate complex legal issues.

Phoenix Divorce Requirements

To file a divorce petition in Arizona, you or your spouse must have lived or have been stationed at a military base in the state for at least 90 days. Some states require the presence of allegations such as adultery or domestic violence for a divorce to be granted. Arizona is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that either spouse can file for divorce without allegations or proof of fault.

How to File for Divorce in Phoenix

To initiate the divorce process, you will first file a petition for the dissolution of your marriage with the appropriate court. This document will inform the court of your intent to file for divorce and outline certain requests, such as Phoenix child custody arrangements and alimony payments. You will then need to serve your spouse with the petition through certified mail, a private process server, or a sheriff.

Once your spouse is served the petition, he or she will have 20 days to file a response. Out-of-state spouses have 30 days to respond. There are three directions that your divorce can proceed at this stage.

  • Your spouse can fail to submit a response and the court will enter a default judgement. This means that it will grant all of the requests that you seek in your petition.
  • Your spouse can agree to the terms of your petition.
  • Your spouse can disagree with the terms and file his or her opposing response.

Should You Resolve Your Phoenix Divorce Through Mediation?

After your spouse enters a response to your divorce petition, the proceedings will begin, and your case will enter the discovery period where you share evidence and ask your spouse questions before your case enters trial. Before trial, however, you may have the option to resolve your Phoenix divorce through mediation.

During mediation, a neutral trained mediator will help you and your spouse come to an agreement on the terms of the divorce. This prevents you from entering trial and having a judge decide the terms for you. Mediation is typically faster, less expensive, and more predictable than the courtroom, so it may be a preferable option. Speak to a Phoenix divorce attorney at the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau to determine your optimal path to resolution.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you are filing for divorce in Phoenix, the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can help. Our lawyer can help protect your rights throughout your case. Contact us today or call 480-467-3435 to schedule your consultation and discuss your case.

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