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What is mediation like at Best Law Firm?

Mediation with Best Law Firm is designed to be a win-win solution for the parties involved. Parties do not require a retained attorney to represent their interests, but outside counsel is not discouraged. It is recommended that an attorney review any final legal documents before they are signed or filed with the court. In addition … Continue reading What is mediation like at Best Law Firm?

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What is mediation?

Family law mediation is a method of resolving issues and disputes during the difficult time of divorce by talking with a mediator to resolve your disagreements. Mediation is conducted in a relaxed, comfortable office atmosphere with the mediator and the parties. Family law mediation can also be used to help persons with other legal family … Continue reading What is mediation?

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Here in Arizona, what is a resolution management conference?

If either party is represented by an attorney, the court will set a Resolution Management Conference from one to four months from the date of service depending upon the court’s docket. Prior to the Resolution Management Conference, both parties will receive a written notification from the court that will include the date and time for … Continue reading Here in Arizona, what is a resolution management conference?

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In Arizona, what is an early resolution conference?

There are two different conferences that the court will schedule. The conference that the court schedules will be determined on whether you or your spouse is represented by counsel. If neither you nor your spouse is represented by counsel, the court will schedule an Early Resolution Conference. If either you or your spouse is represented … Continue reading In Arizona, what is an early resolution conference?

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What happens after the papers are served here in Arizona?

After the service of the petition other “clocks” begin ticking. For example, within forty (40) days after a party has been served with the initial documents, documentation concerning finances and property needs to be disclosed to the other party. This is mandated in Family Rule 49, which requires… Depending upon what you request in your … Continue reading What happens after the papers are served here in Arizona?

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What if I was the one served?

If your spouse/partner filed the action against you, you must file a responsive pleading. You have a time limit, so make sure you know what it is. If you were served in the state of Arizona, you have 20 days to respond, if you are out of state, you have 30 days. Your response should … Continue reading What if I was the one served?

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What if I have no idea where the other party lives?

You qualify under this section of service if the following has been completed: 1. You have filed a petition with the accompanying documents here in Arizona, AND 2. You do not know where the other party is, AND 3. You have tried all reasonable ways to find your spouse, including: a. Mailed by certified mail … Continue reading What if I have no idea where the other party lives?

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Simple ways to serving the other party here in Arizona (Continued)

When people think of service, they generally think of a process server doing the job. With this method, you hire a process server to physically deliver those documents to your spouse. You will need to give the process server specific information as to where he or she can find your spouse. It is best to … Continue reading Simple ways to serving the other party here in Arizona (Continued)

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Simple Steps to “Serving” the Other Party in Arizona (continued)

Another option to service is mail or other delivery service requiring signature confirmation. This option requires that you send all of your documents using certified mail, restricted delivery. The “restricted delivery” entails a minor fee, but ensures that the deliverer confirm that he or she is delivering personally to your spouse. When you receive this … Continue reading Simple Steps to “Serving” the Other Party in Arizona (continued)

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