Arizona Divorce ParalegalYou don't have to do anything to get started except give us 30 minutes of your time! In a 30 minute interview we will ask you a series of questions. Your answers will give us the information to prepare all the paperwork in your case. We can handle the interview over the phone to save you a trip to our office!
You have three options.
OPTION 1 Get an attorney & pay a high price for legal services.
YOU WILL SAVE A TON OF MONEY USING OUR SERVICE RATHER THAN AN ATTORNEY!
Why would you pay high-priced attorney fees for an uncontested divorce? If you and your spouse agree on a division of property and debts and what should happen with the children, if you have any, and you just need someone to take care of the paper work then skip down to option 3.
OPTION 2 Do It Yourself & provide your own legal services.
If you have obtained a “Do-It-Yourself Package” you know that the process and completing the forms is not as easy as some folks will have you believe! This is a deadline driven process that is controlled by the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure, The Arizona Revised Statutes, and the county guidelines for child support and visitation (if you have children). WE CAN PREPARE, FILE, SERVE, TRACK DEADLINES AND FINALIZE UNCONTESTED DIVORCES “WITH OUR EYES CLOSED AND ONE HAND TIED BEHIND OUR BACK”. We’ve been doing it since 1992.
WE COMPLETE THIS PROCESS HUNDREDS OF TIMES EVERY YEAR!
OPTION 3 Use a Paralegal certified by the Arizona Supreme Court like our company.
IT’S A 4 STEP PROCESS.
Step 1: Gather information from you and prepare the documents.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO GET STARTED EXCEPT GIVE US 30 MINUTES OF YOUR TIME!
In a 30 minute interview we will ask you a series of questions. Your answers will give us the information to prepare all the paperwork in your case.
WE CAN HANDLE THE INTERVIEW OVER THE PHONE TO SAVE YOU A TRIP TO OUR OFFICE!
We can complete this interview in our office or, if you prefer, on the phone. This way, your documents will be ready for your signature on your first, and possibly only, visit to our office. Here is a list of documents we will prepare for you in Step 1:
- Civil Cover Sheet
- Preliminary Injunction
- Petition for Dissolution
- Affidavit Regarding Minor Children
- Confidential Information Sheet
- Notice to Creditors
- Notice of Right to Convert Health Insurance
- Order to Complete Parenting Class(if you have children)
These documents will be prepared in triplicate. The originals are filed with the Court and one set goes to each party after they have been date stamped.
OUR DOCUMENTS ARE EASY TO READ AND WELL ORGANIZED SO YOU AND THE JUDGE WILL KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE DIVISION OF PROPERTY AND DEBTS WILL BE.
PERSONALIZED and PROFESSIONAL FORMS NOT “CHECK THE BOXES”
Our documents are not fill in the blank forms or check the box forms. They are personalized to your case and do not contain any extraneous information that does not apply to your particular case. Our documents are on pleading paper just like the paper a lawyer would use if you chose to use a lawyer.
WE DELIVER THE DOCUMENTS TO THE COURT FOR YOU SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO RUN ALL OVER TOWN!
We are at the Court house two times per day filing documents, paying fees, obtaining hearing dates when necessary, and paying for and obtaining the receipt you will need to complete a parent education class (if you have children). We will send you the receipt in the mail with instructions on how to get registered in the class.
Step 2: Service of Process
WE MAKE SURE YOUR SPOUSE RECEIVES LEGAL NOTICE SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY! You have options here but the bottom line is that the other party has to receive legal notice of your intention to obtain a divorce and the Court must receive proof of that notice.
Usually, an Acceptance of Service of Process form that we will prepare for you can be used to “serve” your spouse. All they have to do is sign it and it’s done!
Some of your other options include certified mail by restricted delivery or personal service by a certified process server or publication one time per week for three weeks. We can handle everything for you here including sending the certified mail and filing proof that the opposing party signed for it or hiring the certified process server, (we have an ongoing relationship with a very good certified process server) or publishing the Summons in the newspaper and filing the proof that it was actually published.
Step 3: Track Deadlines
WE KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE DEADLINES SO THE PROCESS IS STRESS FREE FOR YOU!
Twenty days after the opposing party was “served” by one of the methods above then an Application for Default may be filed, unless the opposing party lives out of state then it’s thirty days. Except, if it’s a publication case then you can count 30 days from the date of the first publication. See what I mean, lots of little rules that can cause problems. Our experience will serve you well. We are very familiar with the rules that govern divorces so let us handle it for you!
Step 4: Finalize Your Case
YOU MAY NOT EVEN HAVE TO APPEAR IN COURT. WE WILL SHOW YOU HOW!
If you would like to avoid a court appearance and the opposing party will sign in agreement then you don’t even have to go to Court to finalize your divorce. Rule 45 of the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure permit us to prepare a Consent Decree of Dissolution of Marriage for your signature and the opposing parties’ signature and we will deliver your Decree of Dissolution to the Judge for signature for an additional fee. Some of our clients prefer not to take this path because they want that Decree of Dissolution signed as soon as possible, which is 61 days after the opposing party was “served” (as described above). In that case we will explain to you how you can “walk your paperwork through Default Court” for no additional fee. We give you written instructions on who to call for a reservation at the Court, where to go, what to expect, everything you will need! If you have children then you must attend Default Court. Don’t worry, with our paperwork in your hands and the instruction we provide to you this process will be painless. Usually, the Judge will ask the following questions:
- Are you the Petitioner in this matter?
- Have you been a resident of this county for more than 90 days prior to filing your Petition for Dissolution?
- Are you aware that the Conciliation Court offers marriage counseling and that it is available to you?
- Is your marriage irretrievably broken with no prospect of reconciliation?
- Does your Decree of Dissolution provide a fair and equitable distribution of the assets and liabilities of the parties?
And, if you have children
- Is the Legal Decision Making (fka Custody) arrangement in the best interest of the children?
Then the Judge will sign the paperwork and you’re done. Now, keep in mind that the Judge could ask you other questions regarding your divorce, the answers of which are usually within the paperwork we prepare for you. So you should be familiar with what the paperwork says, just in case.
The documents we will prepare for you are:
- Default Decree of Dissolution and If you have children then:
- Joint Parenting Plan (if necessary)
- Parent’s Worksheet for child support
- Child Support Order
- Income Withholding Order
- Fact Sheet
If you prefer to avoid a court appearance we can prepare the following in addition to those listed above:
- Rule 45 Consent Decree (additional fee) and both parties must sign
These documents will be prepared in triplicate, the originals are for the Court and each party will receive one set.
All of this is really simple if you’ve done it as many times as we have.
Why should I use AZ Statewide Paralegal to prepare my divorce?
|File with the court||yes||no||no||no||no|
|Serve the opposite party||yes||no||no||no||no|
|Provide timeline for case||yes||no||no||no||no|
|Provide notice to opposite party||yes||no||no||no||no|
|Face to face consultation||yes||no||no||no||no|
|Located in Arizona||yes||no||no||no||no|
|Familiar with local court rules||yes||no||no||no||no|
|Office locations in Arizona||yes||no||no||no||no|