Ensuring a Smooth and Minimally Stressful Divorce Process

Our firm understands that you have not arrived at the decision to divorce your spouse lightly. Whatever your ultimate reason for seeking divorce, we understand the emotions you are experiencing and want to help guide you toward a more positive future. 

Length of Divorce in Arizona

Divorces truly come in all shapes and sizes; no two are the same. You and your spouse might agree on most everything in the divorce agreement, or you might be in for a long series of court battles. By law, courts will not approve a dissolution of marriage (legal name for divorce in Arizona) until 60 days have passed from the process of service. 

There are countless considerations that must be addressed in a dissolution of marriage, including property division, temporary and permanent living arrangements, spousal maintenance, parenting time, and legal decision-making. Even if you and your spouse have a true uncontested divorce, which means all matters are agreed upon, a realistic timeline for divorce is 90 days

Uncontested vs. Contested Divorce

However, couples rarely agree on everything. If you and your spouse disagree on just one matter, you have a contested divorce. This triggers the legal process of discovery and disclosure, which involves you and your spouse turning over multiple financial documents. You and your spouse may choose to enter mediation, which is a way of coming to an agreement on certain issues with the help of a neutral third party (mediator). Or, a judge may ultimately decide all or parts of your divorce decree.

Regardless, contested divorces take longer to resolve than uncontested divorces—sometimes much longer. It’s not uncommon for divorces to take a year or longer when spouses disagree on multiple issues. 

Our Caring Firm Would Be Honored to Help

No matter what your dissolution of marriage entails, the stakes are relatively high for you and your children. During this difficult time in your life, you need an attorney who takes the time to truly understand your situation and understand how it applies to Arizona law. 

Monahan Law Firm will be with you every step of the way and do everything we can to achieve your objectives. To get started on a path to your new normal, get in touch with Monahan Law Firm soon.