When a couple comes to terms with the fact that they will be seeking a divorce, the next natural step is to begin discussing the issues of custody, property division, spousal support, and similar matters. These discussions are important because, if couples are able to resolve these matters privately, they can save a significant amount of money on litigation. It is not always possible, of course, for couples to resolve their disputes privately. In some cases, there is too much hostility or difference of opinion for couples to do so. Even in cases where couples are able to come to an agreement, they still need to make sure they work with an experienced attorney to ensure their rights are protected and their interests advocated.
In cases where couples have to battle it out in court over some issue, they have to go before a judge to make their case on all the particular dissolution issues which they are unable to resolve. At the end of the process, the judge will need to issue a decree of dissolution setting forth the court's disposition of the issues in the case. The issues covered in a decree of dissolution include: custody, parenting time; support of any minor children; division of community property and identification of separate property; assignment of community debts and identification of separate debts; spousal maintenance; and any special orders regarding attorney fees and court costs.
The process of negotiating issues in divorce and advocating one's interest before a court is not always an easy one. Not only must one have a firm understanding of the governing law, but also the legal process, negotiation, and legal advocacy. The attorneys at our firm have both the skills and the commitment to handles these matters for Arizona clients to give them the best opportunity for a favorable outcome.
Source: Source: www.azbar.org, "Understanding Divorce," Accessed Dec. 16, 2014.