End a Divorce Case by Default When a spouse files a petition for divorce, the other spouse (respondent) has 20 days to file a response to the petition. If the respondent fails to file a response within the designated time period, the petitioner can file to end the divorce case by default. The party who files for divorce is responsible for moving the case forwards if he or she wants to obtain the divorce. If the other spouse fails to respond to the petition for divorce, the petitioner can file a form called “Application for Default,” or “Notice of Default” [...]
Archive for August, 2012
What paperwork do I need to file to start a divorce case? Summons: A summons is a form that notifies the non-filing spouse that a divorce has been filed, and that the non-filing spouse needs to take action if he or she wants to be heard in court. Notice of Right to Convert Health Insurance: When a divorce is started, each spouse must receive a notice advising them about rights and responsibilities regarding existing health care insurance policies. Joint Preliminary Injunction: This form immediately prevents each spouse from doing specific things regarding money, property, children, and insurance until the parties [...]
How Child Support Works in Arizona In the state of Arizona, a court is the only way to establish a child support amount. The court looks at both parents’ incomes to determine how much the noncustodial parent will pay per month in child support. Custody of the children must be determined before a child support amount can be created. After a child support amount has been determined in Arizona, a court order will be signed by a judicial officer and issued to the court. The court order will specify how much the child support payments will be, who is responsible [...]
Parental rights can be involuntarily taken away by the state of Arizona in the best interest of the child. Here’s how parental rights can be terminated: A parent has abandoned, abused, or neglected the child The parent has been convicted of a crime that deems them unfit to be a parent The father doesn’t file a paternity claim The parent of the child can’t be identified after several attempts to find him or her Parental rights have been terminated in the last two years for another child If one of the above reasons is met, the court must send a [...]
Have you ever heard the saying, “What you say can and will be used against you in a court of law?” This goes for anything you post on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, or any other social media site. Arizona courts are now accepting social media posts as tangible evidence in civil and criminal cases. If you are in the middle of a divorce or fighting for custody of your children in Arizona and have pictures of you or posts about you doing something you shouldn’t be, it can be submitted to court as evidence where it will be used against you. [...]
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