Chandler Arizona Divorce and Family Law Information

 

We proudly represent clients in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa & other cities in Arizona in divorce & other family law matters.

Below is a short list of some common questions and answers regarding divorce and custody cases in Phoenix, Chandler, and throughout Arizona.

How much does it cost to file a lawsuit in Chandler Arizona Family Court?

The current filing fee for a Petition for Divorce in Maricopa County is $338.00. A Response to the Petition for Divorce may be filed for $269.00. A Petitioner to Establish Paternity costs $333.00 to file, and a Response to a Paternity petition will be $264.00. Check with the Clerk of your Chandler Arizona Superior Court for the latest information on court costs and filing fees. A complete list of the filing fees charged in Maricopa County, Arizona may be found at the Maricopa Co. Superior Court website.How long will my Divorce and Child Custody case take in Chandler Arizona?Spouses wanting to divorce in Chandler Arizona must wait a minimum of 60 days from the date the Petition for divorce is served upon the Respondent before the Court will grant the divorce. If your case is contested (i.e., a Response is filed by the opposing party), your case may take considerably longer.

Do I have to prove that I am entitled to a divorce in Chandler Arizona? 

Arizona is a “no fault” state, and neither spouse is required to prove that the other engaged in any marital misconduct to get a divorce. The only relevant consideration is whether the spouse seeking the divorce believes that there are “irreconcilable differences” between husband and wife.

How do I notify my spouse that I have filed a lawsuit for divorce in Chandler Arizona?

In order for a court of law to enter Orders requiring someone to do something (like pay child support), that court must have jurisdiction over the person. In order for the Arizona courts to obtain jurisdiction over a person, that person must be “served” with a summons and a complaint (or a summons and a petition, in the case of a divorce). A person may be served by a “process server” – a person licensed by the state to serve court documents – who brings the court papers to the opposing party and delivers them to the person directly. There are other means for serving people who cannot be found or who live out of state. If your process server cannot locate and serve the opposing party, you should speak to an attorney about other possible means of serving the summons and complaint.

Pre-Marital Agreements / Prenuptial Agreements in Chandler Arizona: 

A prenuptial agreement, or a premarital agreement (often called a “pre-nup”), is a written contract created by a prospective bride and groom. The prenuptial agreement sets forth what property and debts each party brings into the marriage. The pre-nup also explains how property and debts will be divided if the couple ever divorce or separate.  Although matters such as spousal maintenance in Chandler Arizona can also be addressed in the pre-nup, the parties cannot include any agreement regarding custody or support of their children in Arizona and expect such an agreement to be binding in court; under Arizona law, only the court may decide what orders for custody and child support are in the best interest of your children. 

Domestic Violence in Chandler Arizona

What most people do not realize is that domestic violence is not limited to physical abuse, but can also consist of emotional, sexual or verbal abuse that takes place between any persons who have a domestic relationship (spouses, family members, roommates, and the like). These persons do not need to be married. They can be heterosexual, gay, lesbian or transgender. They may be living together, separated or dating. Typical examples of domestic violence include Intimidation, stalking, threatening statements and damage to property. Domestic violence charges can have a serious impact on your life, whether you are the victim or the accused. A person whom the court believes has committed an act of domestic violence may find, among other things, that it is impossible to get joint custody of a child, or that they have lost their right to possess a firearm. It is important that you have legal counsel in such at the earliest stage of the proceeding. We have extensive experience in representing both victims and accused in Chandler Arizona.

If I am getting a divorce in Phoenix Arizona, in which court will I have to appear?

The Superior Court of Maricopa County, which handles divorce and custody cases, has four locations:

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Locations for other Arizona courts may be found at the Arizona Courts Locator.

Are there any other sources I can consult to get more information about Chandler Arizona divorce, Child Custody and family law?

Please check out Chandler Divorce Youtube Channel where I have over 40 videos answering the most commonly asked questions when seeking a divorce in Chandler Arizona.

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If you or a loved one is getting a divorce or has child custody issues in Chandler Arizona, call Louis Lombardo today! Mr. Lombardo has the experience and commitment to help you through every step of your family law case. If you or someone you care for is involved in a family law matter in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and need the help of an experienced family law attorney, call the Law Office of Louis Lombardo PC at 480-413-9300.