Chandler, AZ- Is your marriage in trouble? Are you and your spouse always fighting? Is divorce the next step for you and your estranged spouse? If divorce is in your future, you need to know the basics of filing for divorce in Arizona and how child support and asset division will be handled.

First you need to understand Arizona is no-fault divorce state, which means that neither spouse must give a reason for divorce when they file their petition for divorce according to the Arizona State Bar. Since the state is a no-fault divorce state, a couple only has to show that their marriage is irretrievably broken to file for divorce.

There is an exception to that rule. Couples who entered a covenant marriage must be able to prove their marriage is broken and there is no hope for reconciliation. Such marriages are a response to the high divorce rate in Arizona, and require a couple go through premarital counseling before they are allowed to tie the knot. When seeking a divorce, couples in covenant marriages must undergo extensive counseling before they can file for a divorce and have a limited number of reasons they can file for divorce.

In order to file for divorce in Arizona, you must be a resident of the state for at least 90 days before filing.

Sometimes one spouse refuses to agree to a divorce and can request a reconciliation. That means your divorce will be delayed for at least 60 days while you and your estranged spouse go through marriage counseling. If a couple cannot resolve their differences and agree to remain married, the divorce will proceed.

Getting a divorce is difficult process both emotionally and practically which is why you should have a divorce lawyer in Chandler, Arizona helping you with all aspects of your divorce.

If a couple has minor children, they must attend parenting classes before a divorce is granted. When it comes to child custody, Arizona family court will consider the best interest of the child or children when deciding who gets custody and who will pay child support.

Arizona, like most states, is an equitable division state which means marital assets are supposed to be divided as equitably as possible. It doesn’t mean all marital assets are divided equally. Instead, it means property and assets will be divided depending on different factors including the duration of the marriage, the value of the property being divided, and the finances of each spouse. Property that belonged to either spouse before they married will remain their property in a divorce.

A spouse can also ask for spousal support if it is necessary to maintain theirs and their child’s standard of living.

These are just some of the basic things you need to know when filing for a divorce in Arizona. If you are planning on filing for divorce, USAttorneys recommends you contact one of the divorce lawyers at the Zachary Law Group in Chandler. Their team of family law attorneys will do what it takes to make your divorce as painless as possible and ensure you get the settlement you deserve.