Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Common Misconception about Legal Separations

It is a common misconception that some people have that a legal separation is a shortcut to ending a marriage in Arizona. The practical truth is that legal separations can take just as much time, effort and resources as a divorce. That's because they involve pretty much identical issues as divorces --property division, debt division, child custody, visitation, child support, alimony, etc. Legal separations can end up going to a full-on trial, not to mention temporary evidentiary hearings prior to trial. Thus, if you're looking for a shortcut, a legal separation may not be the answer.

Furthermore, legal separations end with you still being officially married. Although everything has been divided up, you remain married, meaning that neither may legally remarry if that special someone comes along. In my experience with legal separations one party or both almost always later decide that they want a full divorce with more paperwork that must be submitted to the court to convert the legal separation to a divorce, resulting in more time and expense.

So, if you want to same time and money, and you know you’re headed for a divorce anyway, just start off filing for the divorce in the first place. If you honestly believe the marriage can be saved and you just need time apart, then a legal separation maybe the best course of action.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dangers and Pitfalls of Doing Legal Documents Yourself

Not all marriages fail for the same reason. Nor is there usually one reason for the breakdown of a particular marriage. There for there is no "one-size-fits-all" set of documents for divorce. Many divorce document form publication companies will try to mislead you into thinking there is. Doing your own divorce paperwork means hours of research through hundreds of pages of court rules and statutes, and sorting through divorce papers.

People that try to do it themselves with self-help packets thinking they have saved themselves money, only discover later that their documents were rejected by the court months later for not addressing the issues correctly. Still other's with self-help packets get their cases thrown out for not following court procedures correctly.

Although it is possible for people to represent themselves in court, they must follow the same rules and procedures as attorneys. This means that ignorance of procedures is no excuse. Any papers required to be filed with the clerk of the court must be in the proper form and filed on time. The judges, clerks and staff of the court are not permitted to give legal advice.

While there is certainly nothing to be ashamed of, it has been our experience that the average (or even above average person) who is not familiar with the Divorce preparation process has a VERY difficult time preparing their own paperwork and successfully navigating the State Family Court. Divorce cases often involve important issues about child custody and parenting time, property and debt division, or child and spousal support.

With Discount Divorce & Bankrutpcy we take care of everything for you. Divorce is rarely easy, but it doesn't have to drain your pocketbook or your emotions. When you use Discount Divorce you get all the completed divorce papers you need to finalize your divorce plus we do all the court filing and process service.

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