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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 petition or response to dissolution or legal separation, you may be required to prove certain requests. For example you may need to establish parentage of the child, requirement of child support, excessive and abnormal expenditures, etc.

The proof required may be in the form of witnesses, documentation, demonstrative evidence, presumption and judicial opinions.

How is spousal maintenance calculated here in Arizona?

In Arizona, there is no statutory formula for calculating spousal maintenance; however, there is an unofficial “guidelines” formula that is used by many attorneys and some judges. Arizona judges have broad discretion in determining whether or not to award spousal maintenance and in determining the amount and duration of spousal maintenance awarded. It is best to speak directly with an attorney regarding your specific situation to get an idea of whether spousal maintenance might be awarded in your case.

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