Even in the most amicable cases, divorce is never easy. Legally ending a marriage is a deeply emotional process, and it’s even more emotionally charged when children are involved.
Mesa Divorce Attorneys
If you’re preparing for a divorce, you need an experienced attorney who can handle the logistical and emotional aspects of your case. Beyond dividing liabilities and assets, determining child custody, and reaching financial agreements for spousal and child support, you need a compassionate advocate who understands your needs and is willing to fight for your rights.
At JacksonWhite Law, that’s precisely our goal. Our seasoned family law team has the skill and experience to deliver the results you’re looking for, and the compassionate customer service you need to make painful family disputes a little easier.
If you need legal assistance with your divorce, call the Family Law Team at (480) 467-4348 to discuss your case today.
Different Types of Divorce Cases
While many other states require a reason for issuing a divorce decree (which often places one party at fault), Arizona law grants no-fault divorces. No divorce is easy, but this makes the process far more manageable by keeping both spouses on equal ground.
Still, Arizona’s no-fault divorce decrees don’t eliminate every issue. It’s ideal when both spouses mutually agree to end the marriage via a simple, uncontested divorce, but that’s not always an option. If you’re contemplating a divorce and need help knowing where to start, the compassionate family law team at JacksonWhite is here to help.
Standard Marriages in Mesa
In a standard marriage, the court only needs to determine whether the marriage is irretrievably broken in order to grant a divorce. Your spouse’s behavior may be relevant when it comes to determining parenting time and child custody, but it’s completely irrelevant in terms of granting the divorce itself.
Covenant Marriages in Mesa
To be considered a covenant marriage, a couple must sign a special declaration with their marriage license application and complete counseling with a marriage counselor or clergy member. Such cases are less popular than standard marriages, but they’re common in deeply religious families and communities.
Unlike the no-fault clause for dissolving standard marriages, ending a covenant marriage is more difficult. Unless both spouses agree to the divorce, the court may only grant a divorce for one of the following reasons:
- One spouse abandons the other for at least one year
- One spouse abuses alcohol or drugs
- One spouse has committed adultery
- One spouse is convicted of a serious crime
- One spouse or their relative who lives permanently in the home has committed child abuse or domestic violence
- Both spouses have been living separately and without reconciliation for 2+ years
Uncontested Divorce Cases in Mesa
Uncontested divorce cases are ideal because they require the least time, effort, and money, but they require complete agreement on the key terms of dissolution. Unfortunately, the deeply personal and emotional aspects of divorce cases often make this extremely difficult.
That said, your chances of reaching an agreement that paves the way for a simple uncontested divorce is much better if you’re working with an attorney with good negotiation skills. If you’re unable to reach a private agreement with your spouse, your attorneys may be able to negotiate an agreement that avoids the need to go to court.
Contested Divorce Cases in Mesa
If you and your spouse are unable to reach an agreement after negotiations and mediation, the case must go to court as a contested divorce case. At this point, the primary goal is to issue a divorce order that ensures both parties have a clear direction regarding child custody, support payments, and asset distribution — even if one party isn’t in agreement.
Statistically, most contested divorce cases in Mesa involve unresolved issues over child custody and support. In these cases, the court will step in to determine parenting time, legal decision-making, custody, visitation rights, and support payments. Depending on the situation, the court may also need to determine alimony or spousal support, as well.
While hiring an attorney for an uncontested divorce case isn’t required (though it’s still advisable in just about every case), you’ll absolutely need an attorney for a contested divorce case.
If you need legal assistance with your divorce, call the Family Law Team at (480) 467-4348 and discuss your case today.
Meet Mesa’s Premier Divorce Attorneys
Tim Durkin brings a wealth of experience to the family law team, having successfully handled cases in every aspect of family law. Whether you’re getting divorced, adopting a child, seeking guardianship, or fighting for your parental rights, Tim can leverage his valuable experience to get you the results you need.
Jon McAvoy specializes in divorce, legal separation, child custody, and paternity issues. Jon enjoys making family disputes a little easier for his clients, and he’s earned a reputation for aggressive representation with compassionate care by putting his clients first from the initial consultation to the final court order.
Nermana Pehlic was born in Bosnia and emigrated to the United States as a refugee, so she brings a uniquely personal perspective to her family law cases. Nermana enjoys helping her clients reach positive resolutions, and she takes great pride in helping her clients navigate the often frustrating legal system.
JacksonWhite Mesa Office
JacksonWhite Law’s Mesa office is located less than one mile from historic downtown Mesa and the Maricopa County Family Court.
Address: 40 N. Center St, Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone number: (480) 467 – 4348
Maricopa County Family Court
You’ll find the Maricopa County Family Court in the Mesa Southeast Court Complex, on the northwest corner of Mesa Drive and Baseline. The family court is conveniently located less than one mile from JacksonWhite Law’s Mesa office, so it’s easy to meet with your attorney before or after your hearings.
Address: 222 E Javelina Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone number: (602) 506-1561
Why Should You Choose JacksonWhite Law?
No two divorce cases are the same. They may require the same elements and legal processes, but they’re deeply personal cases that require thoughtful consideration and thorough personalization. Most importantly, they require a compassionate legal team that understands what you’re going through and is willing to do everything they can to make the process a little easier for you.
At JacksonWhite Law, our family law team takes pride in bridging the gap between aggressive representation and compassionate service. Our attorneys have over 40 years of combined experience with divorce cases in Arizona, so they know how to deliver the results that you deserve.
Call the Family Law Team at (480) 467-4348 to discuss your case today.
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