Summary Consent Decree

What You Need to Know About The Summary Consent Decree Process Process in Arizona.

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What is a Summary Consent Decree Process?

A Summary Consent Decree Process is for couples (with or without minor children) who agree on most issues and want to file for a Summary Consent Decree (the divorce).  The package can be filed all at once and the court will sign the Decree after the required sixty (60) waiting period. You can be divorced in 60 days.  (The old process required one spouse to sue the other spouse and submit documents at various times throughout the process).

Best Law Firm can help you with this process, even if you have issues that you and your spouse still need to resolve. We can meet with you, negotiate any issues and resolve them, answer all your legal questions, draft all the documents that you sign and then we can file the entire package with the court at once. Neither party has to file first and you don’t have to wait and send your documents piecemeal. We will submit them all at once and in sixty (60) days, the court will sign the decree and you will be divorced.

You you eligible for a Summary Consent Decree Process if:

1. Both spouses want the divorce
2.Both spouses want to settle the issues and sign the documents
3. Either spouse has lived in Arizona for 90 days before you file the form (or either spouse has been stationed in Arizona by the military for 90 days)
4. If you have minor children, they have lived in Arizona the prior six months.
5.You and your spouse believe the marriage is “irretrievably broken” (the buzz words used by the court to mean you do not think you can make the marriage work)
6. You can advise the court that you have tried to resolve the problems through a court process called “Conciliation Services” or you already know there is no point in trying that service.
7.You don’t have a “covenant marriage” (you would know if you did) and there are exceptions to that also.

Some people find this a bit daunting to do all by themselves without the advice of an attorney. It is not any different than retaining an attorney for a contentious divorce except you and your spouse walk in the door together expecting to do this as a team project. We can help you and your spouse by giving you legal advice specific to your family and give you some ideas for creative solutions. For instance, we can help with any of the concerns you have that might be listed here:

1. What do we do about a parenting time plan for the children?
2. How do we decide what schools the kids go to?
3. How does it work with our business?
4. Won’t I get taxed if we split our retirement?
5. What do we do with my inherited property?
6. My spouse has a second job, is that income for child support?
7. My spouse has been unfaithful, does that matter?
8. How do we decide who gets the house?
9. What if we both want the house or neither of us want the house?
10. Can we live together until we are divorced?

How We Can Help Your Family Find Peace of Mind

You might have a million other questions and we can answer them for you. We have helped hundreds of families just like yours to resolve issues so they can move forward with their lives. Our law firm has almost 75 years of legal experience. Hundreds of clients and families have shown us their trust over the years. Solving problems and helping families is one of the most rewarding aspects of our profession. I remember one of my earliest settlements where I helped a family.  They were stuck on spousal maintenance. She was concerned about the next three years of income. He was upset about the total amount. We found a way for her to have more money in the first three years and he paid the same overall amount. They were both happy to get it resolved once we knew their major concerns. It was truly a win win.

I know that you have major concerns. Divorce isn’t easy and it can create a lot of anxiety. We can address your concerns and it is possible to negotiate a win win solution.  Give us a call today and schedule your consultation to find out more about how we can help you and your family find peace of mind and look forward to the future. Call Best Law FIrm at 480-219-2433. We think you will be glad you did.

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Current Updates Regarding Coronavirus and Divorce and Custody in Arizona

Best Law Firm has seen new challenges while assisting families with divorce and child custody during the pandemic. Courts are open and law firms have been deemed essential services, so we are also open and exercising all safety precautions. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an attorney consultation by video or phone, please call us at 480-219-2433.

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