Uncontested Divorce in Arizona


An uncontested divorce in Arizona is generally the least costly type of dissolution proceeding. It is only possible if both spouses agree on most of the key terms of the dissolution. Unfortunately however, spouses going through a divorce oftentimes have difficulty reaching mutual agreements, even if doing so would be in their best interests and save them both time and money.

In an uncontested divorce spouses create the terms of the dissolution without the court’s involvement. Either by themselves or with legal counsel, the spouses agree on terms such as child custody, division of martial property and division of marital debt. If spouses fail to agree on one or more terms of the dissolution, they can involve the court, at which point the divorce is no longer uncontested. While spouses are not required to hire an attorney, it may be in their best interest to do so. Whether the divorce is uncontested or not, a family law attorney can help facilitate a fair and just proceeding. Contrary to stereotype, most good divorce attorneys are not simply trying to increase conflict and litigation. In fact, more often than not, a good family law attorney will actually steer the parties toward settlement and an uncontested divorce.

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