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What can prolong the divorce process in Arizona?

If you are considering filing for a divorce in the state of Arizona, you may not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Embarking on the divorce process can feel overwhelming, especially because you will have only a limited idea of how long it will take.

This is why it is important to mentally plan your divorce before actually taking action. This will help you to manage your own expectations and understand the timeline accurately. No two divorces are the same in Arizona, so it is impossible to predict the course of divorces in general. However, certain details can lengthen the process.

Having minor children can lengthen the divorce process

If you and your spouse do not have children together or if your children are now adults, you will not have to deal with the often complex process of establishing child custody and child support. Amicable divorcing spouses may be able to agree on these details easily and effectively. However, if there are disputes, months can be added to the timeline of the divorce.

High asset divorces often take longer

The more assets that exist within a marriage, the longer it will take for these assets to be divided, generally speaking. This, as well as the tendency for asset division disputes to arise, is why high asset divorces often take longer. However, this does not need to be the case. Many divorcing spouses employ strategies to help them speed up the process. These strategies might include mediation sessions to help establish some agreement.

How can I avoid an appeal to the judge's decision?

If there are unresolved issues relating to the divorce, a judge may have to make the decision. It is likely that one of the spouses will be unhappy with this ruling, and they may appeal the decision. This further prolongs the divorce. It is possible to prevent such outcomes by attempting to work amicably with your spouse and by trying to reach a sensible compromise.

If you are considering a divorce in Arizona, it is important to plan ahead of time for the benefit of you and your children. Embarking on this new chapter is too monumental to take risks with the process. Avail yourself of legal guidance to ensure the healthiest and most harmonious -- as well as cost-effective -- transition possible.

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