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In Arizona, all divorces are "no-fault," which means that any person who wants a divorce can get one, no questions asked. Thus, the term "uncontested divorce" is used in Arizona in a rather different way than it is typically used in other states. At Thomas Law Office, we consider a divorce to be "uncontested" if there is not even one single thing the parties disagree on. That is, the husband and wife simply need the help of a qualified Arizona attorney to draft the various required documents in the best possible manner in order to effectuate their agreements in a legally binding and enforceable way. This results in a fast divorce process. At Thomas Law Office, although most of our cases involve parties that are fighting over various issues, we do regularly assist people with uncontested divorces.
It is well known that the court has self-help forms available to people who wish to do their own divorces. However, unless the case is truly very simple (for example, there are very few assets and debts, and there are no children in common), it usually is well worth the cost of having a professional draft the legal documents for you as you forge your way through the divorce process. The court forms are designed to make it easy for the judge to have all the information at his or her fingertips when you appear in court, despite the fact that much of the information in those forms is not even legally necessary. You are exposing lots of your private details to the public for no reason at all other than that the forms you are using seemingly require such information. Another disadvantage of trying to do your own uncontested divorce is the aggravation and frustration of making mistakes and potentially having to start over all again, or even worse, having a divorce decree that will not fully protect you in the future. Having an Arizona divorce lawyer by your side can provide you with the ability to swiftly and easily get through the divorce process. Usually, an uncontested divorce is a low cost divorce, provided that you have negotiated a fair divorce settlement.
What is particularly dangerous is trying to handle on your own an Arizona divorce case involving children or if you have even modest assets and debt that need to be divided. There are all sorts of things that you may not be aware of that you have a right to or that should be included in your documents, things that will protect you and your children in the long run. As just one rather simple but dangerous example, we often meet with Arizona clients who during the divorce consultation tell us that each party will of course be keeping his and her own retirement accounts. When we make sure they understand that any such value that accumulated during the marriage is considered community property and is subject to equal division by the court, they are shocked and sometimes reassess their decision to walk away from tens of thousands, and in some cases hundreds of thousands, of value they are entitled to.
Our fees for uncontested divorces are very affordable, and often are the same or less than fees charged by non-attorney document preparers. Indeed, a low cost divorce is very likely if you have no contested issues in your case. So, if you have an Arizona divorce case in which you and your spouse are in full agreement, you should contact Thomas Law Office for a fee quote and consultation. It will be well worth it. Most people divorcing in Arizona want an "easy divorce." Our job is to make it as easy for you as possible.
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