Face Your Case with the Help of a Skilled Divorce Attorney in Chandler, AZ
Separation is hard enough without going through it by yourself. Choose a divorce attorney in Chandler, AZ, with more than 38 years of experience to answer your questions and offer advice. From dissolution and mediation to trials, you have someone on your side every step of the way. Michael D. Miller, Jr. Attorney at Law, helps his clients through the divorce process by working for the best possible resolution.
About the Dissolution Process
Dissolution starts with filing a petition with the superior court of the county. The petition is either served on the other party, or respondent, by a licensed process server or--if agreed upon--the other party can sign an Acceptance of Service in front of a notary. This has the same effect as being personally served. The respondent has 20 days to file a response. If they don’t, the petitioner may proceed by default. If they do file a response, then, in most cases, the court automatically sets a resolution management conference.
As the name suggests, this is an opportunity for both sides to appear in court and discuss the best way to proceed toward resolving the issues. Before the conference, each party is obligated to prepare a statement of their position on the issues. This is often the first time offers of settlement are exchanged. If certain issues appear to be in agreement, the court generally enters those agreements on the record, and they become binding.
Divorce Mediation and Trials
If matters remain unresolved, the court sets a mediation conducted by a pro tem judge. This involves a neutral third party helping to reach a settlement. These pro tem judges serve on a volunteer basis, so parties aren’t charged for their work. The court either sets a status conference to determine whether a trial is necessary or sets the trial for after the divorce mediation. Simple cases are usually set within 6 months of filing. More complicated cases can take up to a year.
A dissolution trial isn’t like the courtroom drama we see in movies and TV. Generally, experienced attorneys can compile an organized presentation that includes testimony, expert opinion, and documenting evidence so that the court can make a fair decision. To ensure the best result possible, it’s important to choose an experienced family law attorney.
Contact Mr. Miller with your divorce questions or to schedule an appointment. He represents clients from Chandler, Arizona, and the neighboring areas.