Once a respondent files a response, the court may require the parties to attend an Early Resolution Conference or a Resolution Management Conference in an attempt to reach an agreement on the contested issues. If the parties cannot agree, the court will set a trial date. After the Response is filed, the dissolution case then enters the discovery process, which includes depositions, written questions called interrogatories, and document production. During this phase, the parties gather evidence regarding disputed issues. The dissolution becomes final after the parties settle the contested issues, or post-trial.
What Should I Do If I Am Involved In A Contested Divorce in Arizona?
When an individual is involved in a contested divorce in Arizona, there are several steps that can be taken to protect their rights and interests, including the following:
- Hire An Experienced Arizona Divorce Lawyer Who Handles Contested Divorces. An experienced attorney in highly contentious divorce proceedings will have an in-depth understanding of laws and regulations surrounding divorce in Arizona. They can help clients navigate complex legal issues, such as property division, spousal support, and child custody. As a Phoenix contested divorce attorney, I can help you understand your legal rights and options, negotiate with your spouse’s attorney, and tenaciously seek the outcome desired by a client in court (if necessary).
- Gather Critical Documents. To prepare for an Arizona divorce case, it is critical to gather financial documents, such as bank statements, tax returns, investment and stock statements, as well as documentations related to debts.
- Focus On Communication. While it may be difficult, it is vital to maintain open lines of communication with an ex-spouse, especially if children are involved. If possible, it may be advantageous to come to an agreement on key issues such as property division and child custody, which can help reduce the amount of time and expense involved in a divorce case.
- Prepare For Court. If an individual is unable to come to an agreement with a spouse, a case may proceed to trial. It is important to be prepared for court by attending all hearings and providing your divorce attorney with all relevant information and documentation.
- Look Out For Your Well-being. Contested divorces can be stressful and emotionally draining experiences. It is important to take care of yourself by seeking support from friends and family, as well as other professionals (if needed).
Schedule A Consultation With An Experienced Phoenix Contested Divorce Lawyer.
As a contested divorce lawyer serving Phoenix and the surrounding communities, I understand that divorce can be contentious and complex. I zealously advocate for clients and provide personal attention and care to successfully resolve their contested dissolutions.
If you are facing a contentious divorce involving property division, child custody, support, or other disputes, we invite you to call our office at (602) 788-1395 to schedule a consultation.