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The Impact of Divorce On Your Career

Any big stress in your life can have a potential impact on your career. Divorce ranks high among life stressors but it also directly impacts your schedule and mental acuity. Your divorce requires not only emotional energy, but lots of time off from work to meet with your attorney or mediator and days off for court appearances. This can have a detrimental effect on your career success. Keep it all together by following these steps:

  • Minimize time off. Find out if your attorney or mediator can meet with you on weekends. Save your personal days for court appearances which are always scheduled during business hours.
  • Talk to your boss. Be up front about what you are going through and be clear that you are dedicated to your job. Make it clear you will go above and beyond your duties by working at night, from home, or by taking on additional responsibility once your case has concluded.
  • Look the part. Be particularly careful to present an outer appearance of success, clarity, and dedication to your job at all times. Dress well. Keep your office space organized.
  • Control what you can and let go of the rest. You can minimize the impact on your workplace by taking personal calls away from your co-workers and having breakdowns in the bathroom alone, but you have no control over your spouse showing up at your office or your company being notified that your wages are being garnished for child support. You can’t control everything and no one expects you to.

When you are facing a divorce, you have many questions. Talk with an attorney who understands your concerns and is available to answer your questions. The Sampair Group services all of Maricopa County and our attorneys are ready to discuss your options with you today.

What Is A No-Fault Divorce in Arizona?

Are you headed for divorce? Are you ready to file? If so, it’s important to know that in the state of Arizona, all divorce proceeding go forth as “no fault”. This means that no matter the circumstances, such as infidelity, the Arizona court does not take a side in the issue. Furthermore, this means that the judge won’t be hearing why you want a divorce, only that you seek one.

Sometimes an uncontested divorce gets confused with a no-fault divorce. The difference is that with an uncontested divorce, the other party does not object to moving forward with the divorce. In fact, the other party has 20 days to file a response. If they don’t, the divorce moves forward as uncontested, meaning the other party agrees to the divorce or has simply chosen to remain silent. Either way, the divorce will go through without fault blamed on either side.

No Fault Divorce Arizona

In the past, most divorces went forward with one party blaming the other’s actions as the cause of seeking a divorce. This is also referred to as grounds for divorce. However, in recent years, Arizona has become a no-fault state. As a no-fault state, a divorce in Arizona does not apply to a covenant marriage. This type of marriage makes up a small percentage of total marriages in Arizona and is defined by a legal obligation to agree to pre-marital counseling, along with a limited grounds for divorce, such as living apart for a year before filing for divorce. If your marriage does not fit under a legal covenant marriage, then your divorce will proceed as no-fault.

How Does No-Fault Divorce Work?

In the beginning, one party files a petition for a divorce and states the reason for the petition. Since Arizona is a no-fault state, the majority of these petitions are filed as stating the cause of divorce to be the fact that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” due to no fault by either party. From here, the other party will be served divorce papers and will be given 20 days to respond to the divorce petition. If the other party is served the papers out-of-state, they have 30 days to respond. If the other party does not contest the divorce, it will move forward in court.

Parties Agree to Divorce

In most cases, both parties will agree to move forward with the divorce. At this point, it is time to review settlement terms. This means that both parties must come to an agreement regarding the distribution of assets, child custody, debt assignment, child support, spousal support, and more. When both parties agree to a settlement, the divorce can move quickly. However, if the agreement in not sufficient for one side, the Arizona court will ultimately resolve this issue.

How Long Does a Divorce Take?

When both parties agree to a no-fault divorce and a settlement is reached, the divorce should only take a couple of months to complete. Although a no-fault divorce may seem simple, it is suggested you do not try to go through this time alone. Instead, use the reputable services of a divorce attorney to make sure your rights are protected during the entire process.

Contact a Divorce Attorney Today

If you are considering filing for divorce, contact The Sampair Group today at 623-777-3926. Our expert team of attorneys will help you file a petition for a divorce and help you reach a desirable settlement during the process.

Dividing Property in an Arizona Divorce

If you are going through a divorce, there’s no question that it can be a difficult process that causes both financial and emotional challenges. These issues often get even more trying if you are unable to come to some type of agreement about the primary issues that need to be resolved – especially the division of your property. Read on to learn more about this here.

Understanding Community Property

According to Arizona law, any debts and assets that are acquired by a married couple from the beginning of their marriage until the divorce paperwork is served is considered community property. This means that each spouse is entitled to receive half.

Technically, there’s no requirement for the court to divide all the property equally. Instead, the court will divide property “equitably” or fairly based on the circumstances. Even with this being the case, unequal divisions are extremely rare. Debt or property that is brought into the marriage by one spouse or funds or assets that are received during the time of the marriage by inheritance or a gift, is the property of that spouse as long as it has been maintained separately.

Even though this seems pretty straightforward, trying to figure out separate property from community property can often present a challenge. In some situations, separate property is converted into community property when the single owner of a home opts to change the title to community property. Also, the community property may obtain an interest in the separate or sold property of one spouse if improvements or mortgage payments are made by both spouses.

How is Marital Property Divided in Arizona?

There are several ways that assets may be divided in Arizona during a divorce. The two people getting divorced can come to an agreement, assigning certain assets to the other person, or even buy out the other’s share. Additionally, they can opt to sell the assets and then divide the proceeds that are earned.

Also, all of the debts that are incurred, which include credit cards, car loans and mortgages have to be assigned to one of the spouses and each of the marital debts needs to be paid off after the divorce has become final.

While the classification of a couple’s property is something that takes place automatically after the couple is married, they do not have to follow the laws of community property if they agree to a post- or pre-marital agreement. This provides that each spouse will maintain their assets separate from the other.

Additionally, there are several exceptions based on Arizona law that require community property to be divided equally. For example, if one spouse’s behavior (i.e. gambling or drug use) wasted the community property.

In the end, due to the complexity related to issues of property division in Arizona divorce cases, one of the best things a person can do is to enlist the services of a divorce attorney. At the Sampair Group we can help ensure that the entire process is handled fairly, regardless of the asset or debt situation that may be present. Contact us today at 623-777-3926.

Get Your Finances Back on Track After Divorce

Divorce can put a lot of strain on your life, especially your finances. Here are some tips to getting your financial life back on track after your split from your spouse.

Evaluate where you are spending cash that you don’t necessarily need to be spending and think of ways that you can minimize overspending. These kinds of payments could be shopping habits you could change at the mall to save some cash, or even reducing your interest rates, which could make a significant improvement on your current income.

Decide what kind of property would be best for you to live in based on your new financial situation, and do your research. Determine how much you can borrow and how that will affect any other goals you have, such as saving for your children’s education or a retirement fund.

Do a financial stock intake and assess all debts and assets that are either yours or yours and your former spouse’s together. This includes all debts on bills that should have been changed to be in either yours or their name once the divorce took place, making only one of you financially responsible for them.

Boost your career. If your current job isn’t what you would like, now is the best opportunity for a change. You are beginning a new life, and with that should come a new job if you’re not happy with the one you currently have. Take some courses to freshen up your skills, update your resume and explore opportunities that you may not have been able to consider before.

Start building an emergency fund, and after a divorce you will need time to rebuild your financial resources. Even if it is just a little at a time, start putting money away that would be available toward emergencies, vacations, and anything extra that you are unable to use your job income for.

High Divorce Rates in Arizona

Arizona HeartStatistics show that nearly half of marriages in the United States end in divorce. The divorce rate begins at about 41-50 percent for couples in their first marriage, and tends to increase for those who are in a second or third marriage.

Nationally, Arizona holds one of the highest divorce rates in the country. In studies by the U.S. Census Bureau and the American Community Study, approximately 10.8 out of every 1,000 men got a divorced in 2011, the national average for men being 9.2 per 1,000. For Arizona women, the divorce rate is higher with a rate of 11.9 out of every 1,000 women. The national average for women is 9.7 per 1,000.

This puts Arizona in the number 10 spot for highest divorce rates in the U.S. A study in 2008-2009 showed that there were more divorces in Arizona than there were marriages.

There are many reasons that can be attributed to Arizona’s increased divorce rate. Arizona is a no-fault state, meaning that neither spouse has to accept blame for the dissolution of the marriage and there does not need to be a specific reason for the divorce. This makes the process easier than it would be in states that require both spouses prove reason for the divorce, and it can be granted even one spouse disagrees.

The economy may also play a role in high divorce rates. Studies show that financial stress and crisis can lead to marital problems. Arizona has been one of the hardest hit states by the struggling economy.

Exactly why the divorce rates are so high, however, will remain a question with no definite answer. If you have found yourself in a happily ever after that seems to be ending, contact a Glendale divorce attorney as soon as possible. The lawyers at The Sampair Group will work with you to protect your legal rights in divorce litigation while looking out for your best interests.

Arizona Divorce Laws and Requirements

divorceIn Arizona, divorce is typically called “dissolution of marriage.” In this state, only the Arizona Superior Court can grant a divorce, when one spouse has started a case in the Court.

Either spouse can ask the court for a divorce, which simply changes the status of a marriage relationship. The court case to end a marriage must be started in the county where the person requesting the divorce currently resides.

Before the court case begins, it is required that either spouse has lived in Arizona for at least 90 days, or they must have been a member of the armed forces and stationed in Arizona for at least 90 days. Issues regarding child custody may require a longer residence time.

For most marriages, Arizona does not require that one spouse proves blame or responsibility for the dissolution of the marriage. The only question from the Arizona Court is if the marriage is “irretrievably broken,” meaning that there is no chance of reconciliation.

In a covenant marriage, wherein the couple has agreed to pre-marital counseling, there are several factors that may be considered as grounds for a divorce:
– Adultery
– Commission of a felony and imprisonment as a result
– Abandonment for at least one year
– Physical or sexual abuse
– Living separate and apart for at least two years
– Habitual drug or alcohol abuse
– Both spouses agree to the dissolution of the marriage

A divorce in Arizona Court cannot be granted until at least 60 days after the other spouse has been served with court papers. If the spouses are in agreement on the divorce and other issues such as property division and child support, the divorce can be finalized soon after the 60-day waiting period. If the spouses are not in agreement, the time it will take to finalize the divorce depends on the issues and how complicated they are, and how quickly they can be handled.

Every divorce case is different. An experienced Glendale divorce lawyer at The Sampair Group will look at the unique circumstances of your divorce and work with you to reach the best possible outcome. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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