In Arizona, divorce is also called “dissolution of marriage.” To begin a divorce proceeding, there are several steps one must take.
When you decide to file for divorce, it is important to immediately contact an attorney. The Phoenix divorce lawyers at The Sampair Group know that this process can be stressful and emotional from start to finish, and will be there to assist you through every step.
First, the party filing for divorce must file a petition in Superior Court, in addition to a filing fee. The petition includes certain facts about property rights, spousal maintenance, child custody and child support along with any other rights that are related to the marriage.
In addition to the petition filed in Superior Court, you must also submit a sensitive data sheet, which includes private information about each party involved in the divorce along with any children from the marriage. This document may include sensitive data such as social security numbers of all family members. It is kept sealed by the court so the general public cannot access the information, preventing fraud or other means of using that type of data.
A creditor notice must also be included in the petition. Each spouse will receive a notice from creditors regarding their rights and responsibilities for debt that was incurred during the marriage.
A joint preliminary injunction must also be filed, which is through an order of the court that takes effect as soon as the divorce proceedings have begun. This injunction prohibits either spouse from transferring assets, selling property, changing insurance policies or taking any other actions that may impact how community property is determined or allocated.
Each spouse will also receive notice of their rights and responsibilities about their current healthcare insurance policies and how the divorce will impact that.
A summons is one of the most important documents to file in a divorce process. This legal document informs the responding party that a divorce case has been filed involving them. The summons requires a response in 20 days if the respondent has any input regarding the divorce.
To make sure you are taking the necessary and lawfully required steps to filing for divorce in Arizona, contact a Phoenix family law attorney today.