For many divorcing couples, it makes excellent sense to consider the possibility of an uncontested divorce. You can save a lot of time, anxiety and money. There’s a catch though — you need to be able to agree on all of the issues that can sometimes require a court resolution.
To learn how an experienced lawyer can advise you about all aspects of uncontested divorce under Arizona law, contact the law firm of John Bednarz, P.C., in Gilbert.
Is An Uncontested Divorce Right For You?
If you and your spouse think that uncontested divorce is the way to go, schedule a free initial consultation with us and we’ll talk you through the considerations. We’ll help you figure out whether you can actually reach an agreement on all the matters you’ll need to address in your divorce papers:
- Composition of your marital estate – what belongs to whom?
- Community property division
- Marital debt division
- Alimony (technically called spousal maintenance in Arizona)
- Child custody
- Parenting time or visitation for the noncustodial parent
- Child support
If you don’t have minor children, you’re almost halfway there. Many people find, however, that a better understanding of their legal rights and responsibilities can help them make a sound decision about what to expect in a divorce, whether uncontested or not.
For example, we’ve seen situations where younger people divorcing after a marriage of just a few years were going to divide assets that would not have counted as marital property under Arizona law, such as property owned before marriage. We’ve also handled cases where the spouses were going to agree to a waiver of child support that state law would never have recognized.
Our goal is not to turn an amicable divorce into a long and costly battle. Instead, it’s to help you make the best decisions for yourself based on an accurate understanding of what the law will expect from you. If our help with document preparation is all that’s necessary to formalize your uncontested divorce, we’ll be happy to do so.
For more information about your options with uncontested divorce, legal separation, mediation or other alternatives to formal divorce litigation, call our Gilbert office at 480-507-6677 or use our online contact form to set up a free initial consultation.