Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs and Pricing
Can I really get a divorce without a lawyer?
Many people do. Almost 80% of all divorces are completed without a lawyer. We don’t make any promises other than to answer all your questions, give you the documents you need, and educate you to the best of our ability.
How long will my case take to be finalized?
The length of a case depends on many factors and each is case is different, so it is impossible to give an estimate. However, the average case lasts between six and nine months. If the parties agree on everything, it is certainly possible to speed up the process, but keep in mind that the Court will not enter a final order before two months has passed, even if the parties agree on everything.
How much does it cost for you to do my paperwork?
Prices vary depending on the paperwork you need done, but we will never charge you per hour and you will always know in advance of your purchase. You can get discounts for multiple documents together. The best way to find out what your costs will be is to give us a call!
If it takes that long for an order, what should I do in the meantime?
You don’t have to wait until your case has been finalized to have an enforceable order. You can request that the court enter Temporary Orders while you wait for the court to enter its final orders. Temporary Orders can be requested for a variety of things, including, but not limited to: Child Support, Parenting Time, Legal Decision Making Authority, Spousal Maintenance, Payment of Debts, and Exclusive Use of Property.
And Yes, we can help you with your request for Temporary Orders!
What factors does the court consider when deciding legal decision making?
When deciding legal decision making authority and parenting time for a minor child, the court looks at what is in the “best interests of the minor child”. To determine what is in the best interests of a minor child, the court considers all factors that are relevant to the child’s physical and emotional well-being. A.R.S. § 25-403 lists specific factors the court considers. You can read A.R.S. § 25-403 HERE.
What factors does the court consider when deciding whether one party is entitled to spousal maintenance?
According to A.R.S. § 25-319, the court may award spousal maintenance when the spouse seeking support:
- Lacks sufficient property, including property apportioned to the spouse, to provide for that spouse’s reasonable needs.
- Is unable to be self-sufficient through appropriate employment or is the custodian of a child whose age or condition is such that the custodian should not be required to seek employment outside the home or lacks earning ability in the labor market adequate to be self-sufficient.
- Contributed to the educational opportunities of the other spouse.
- Had a marriage of long duration and is of an age that may preclude the possibility of gaining employment adequate to be self-sufficient.
Additionally, A.R.S. § 25-319 details thirteen specific factors the court considers when determining the amount and duration of a spousal maintenance award. You can read A.R.S. § 25-319 HERE.
Once I have the paperwork, are there any other costs I should worry about?
Yes, depending on the paperwork you are filing with the court, there may be a filing fee. This fee goes to the court and must be paid regardless of who does the paperwork for you. For example, the filing fee for a Petition for Dissolution (Divorce) is $338. For a complete list of filing fees, please visit the Maricopa County Court. Another common cost is ‘service of process.’ This cost varies depending on how you serve the other part (certified mail, process server, sheriff, publication.)
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