Experienced and Cost-Efficient Divorce Representation in Phoenix, Mesa, Peoria, and Surrounding Areas
Are you or your spouse contemplating divorce? While the filing process may seem straightforward, settling the divorce terms is perhaps one of the most complicated parts of the dissolution. Especially if you have important property and assets, as well as minor children together, you may face a tense negotiation that might even go to trial. However, Attorney Elizabeth J. Martinez is an experienced divorce attorney who can help you craft an effective divorce plan that will protect your present and future spousal rights, especially if you are a dependent spouse. In fact, Attorney Martinez approaches every case by building upon her client’s needs and goals they will discuss together in consultations.
Let Martinez Family Law guide you through the divorce process in a cost-efficient and confident manner. Call (480) 571-7736 or contact our firm online for a free consultation to discuss your case in more detail.
To file for divorce, or dissolution of marriage, in Arizona, either you or your spouse must have been a resident of the state for at least 90 days before filing. The grounds for a divorce are merely that the marriage is irretrievably broken (there is no possibility for reconciliation).
After meeting the basic requirements for divorce, you will need to file the divorce papers and serve copies on your spouse. If they disagree with any of the terms you’ve set forth, they may contest the agreement and you will proceed to negotiation, mediation, or litigation. Common topics discussed in a divorce discussion are how marital property will be divided and the custody and visitation arrangement if the couple has minor children.
Every divorce must account for property division of some degree. Under Arizona’s community property laws, several kinds of marital property and assets will be subject to division, including:
- Real estate
- Retirement plans
- Savings accounts
- Other financial accounts
- Personal property such as household goods
The divorce degree must also address child custody and child support arrangements if there are minor children in the marriage. In certain cases, divorces will also include spousal support (alimony) orders. It is important to understand what factors impact each of these dispute areas to better ensure your parental and spousal rights are being fairly considered.
How Martinez Family Law Can Help You Through Your Divorce
Retirement accounts, upside-down real estate mortgages, division of complex asset portfolios, or custody disputes can make a divorce more challenging. Martinez
Family Law, however, is ready to provide the guidance that you need to feel confident that your long-term interests are reflected in your final divorce decree.
Attorney Elizabeth J. Martinez can help you devise a cost-effective strategy to settle your dissolution of marriage. At Martinez Family Law, your concerns are front and center. Attorney Martinez works directly for her clients, and she tailors her legal services to the unique needs and aspects of each divorce clients bring through our firm doors. She will also take the time needed to educate and guide you through Arizona’s family legal system, while also being mindful of your desire to contain the costs of a divorce. Cost-effective legal processes are best achieved when parties reach a settlement sooner rather than later. As a result, we encourage our clients to keep the big picture clearly in focus while negotiating their divorce.
While an expedited divorce settlement may seem preferable, it is important not to take shortcuts or avoid critical issues that may surface in the near or far future. Clients often state that they just want help getting through a "bare-bones" divorce process. Through in-depth discussions with Attorney Martinez, however, they soon learn that there are areas of their divorce that require greater attention and legal analysis – and this is where our firm can help you more efficiently than you might expect.
Schedule your free initial consultation with Martinez Family Law online or get started by calling (480) 571-7736.
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