By Your Side While You Define the Future
At The Law Office of Vincent Mattioli, PLC, we believe taking advantage of others is unacceptable. Divorce is a stressful time; it is easy to get swept up in emotion and lose sight of the need to protect your future. We can take on this adversity for you.
We will not give up on achieving what you deserve for the next stage of your life. Throughout this process, from the initial filing to property division and spousal support negotiations, we are there for you.
How to Begin the Divorce Process
To file for divorce in Arizona, some basic steps must be followed:
- One spouse needs to be a resident here for at least 90 days
- File a “Petition for Dissolution”
- Have those documents served to the other spouse
- Discuss property division and parenting plans
- Wait for the court-ordered 60-day waiting period
- Finalize the divorce
In most cases, you are not required to provide a specific reason for wanting to end your marriage. Instead, you simply tell the court the marriage is irreversibly broken. However, some couples in Arizona face an extra hurdle: If you are in a covenant marriage, the “no-fault” divorce rule does not apply.
Do You Have a Covenant Marriage?
Arizona is one of three states which recognize covenant marriages. This is a level of commitment that makes divorce a little more complicated. Unlike standard legal marriages, the spouse filing for divorce in a covenant marriage must show grounds for ending the marriage, such as:
- Drug addiction or alcoholism
- Physical abuse
- Both spouses agreeing to the divorce
Some covenant marriages also require couples to go to counseling before a divorce can move forward. No matter what type of marriage you are in, you deserve the chance to have the future you want. We can help you navigate this process by providing honest assessments and zealous family law advocacy, both in court and in mediation.
Divorce can be a Fresh Start
We offer free initial consultations for residents of Casa Grande, Scottsdale and elsewhere in Pinal County and Maricopa County.