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Marital dissolution process involves responding to petition

You have just received your spouse's divorce petition. Although you knew that the petition would be coming at some point, you still find yourself struggling to come to terms with the reality of it in this very moment.

Getting a divorce in Arizona can certainly be complicated and overwhelming emotionally. However, it is critical that you move forward with the marital dissolution process in the most forward-thinking and logical manner possible. Here is a rundown of what you need to do as soon as your soon-to-be ex-spouse has delivered his or her divorce petition to you.

Lump sum payments: The monthly alimony alternative

For many individuals considering divorce, including those who may need to settle a high-asset divorce, the issue of spousal support payments may come up. Traditional alimony payments are spread out as monthly payments over several months or years. If the prospect of maintaining a relationship with your ex for that long doesn't appeal to you, you may be wondering about other options.

For some, there is an alternative to monthly alimony checks -- the lump sum payment. The lump sum payment still allows you to receive fair treatment for your role in the marriage but limits the amount of time that you need to maintain contact with your spouse after the divorce is final. A lump sum payment also comes with its own set of specific benefits.

Arizona divorce process is multifaceted

Going through the divorce process can be confusing and emotionally overwhelming. However, sometimes couples have no choice but to end their marriages due to irreconcilable differences.

Every state has its own requirements for completing the divorce process. Here is a look at what the divorce process looks like in the state of Arizona.

Understanding sole custody, and if it may be applicable for you

The dissolution of a marriage can understandably be overwhelming both financially and emotionally. This is often the case for many couples getting divorced, but it can be especially true for parents who are going through a divorce.

If you and your spouse are headed to divorce court and have young children, one of your biggest concerns may be child custody. Here is a look at what you need to know about child custody -- specifically sole custody -- in Arizona.

Alimony may be the financial bridge you need following divorce

You are beyond ready to get divorced and move on with your life. However, you are nervous about the financial aspect of splitting up with your spouse, as your spouse has been the primary breadwinner for years.

Fortunately, this is where alimony comes in. Alimony is designed to provide the lower-earning or non-earning spouse with a financial bridge that helps him or her to transition more easily to life after divorce. Here is a look at how alimony works for those getting divorced in Arizona.

Inheritance money can quickly complicate a divorce proceeding

During the divorce process, it is not uncommon for two spouses to question whether one spouse's inheritance belongs to the other spouse, too. For instance, perhaps a relative passes away and leaves you assets in her last will and testament, not mentioning your spouse, even though she realized that you had gotten married.

The assets that your relative has left you are an inheritance that you acquired while married. How you handle these assets might influence whether you will have to give a portion of them to your spouse as part of the divorce proceeding.    

Child custody doesn't have to be a battle

If you and your spouse have decided to get a divorce and you have children, your divorce decree will spell out your children's living situation. For instance, will your children live with you, and if so, under what circumstances will your future ex be able to visit with your children?

One of the most common setups when it comes to child custody in Arizona is joint custody, which may be in the form of true joint custody or joint legal custody. Here is a look at what joint custody entails in Arizona.

Divided over division of assets? Know your rights

The divorce process can understandably be difficult emotionally and financially. During divorce, you and your spouse must essentially untangle your lives, which can be a stressful and confusing process.  

One of the most contentious areas of divorce is the division of assets. Understanding property division law in Arizona may help you to navigate this often-complicated aspect of dissolving a marriage.

Parenting agreement can be winning option in custody dispute

Going through a divorce can naturally be financially unsettling. However, it can also be emotionally challenging, particularly when children are involved.

Fortunately, in Arizona and elsewhere, one can resolve most cases involving child custody outside of court. This is possible through information negotiations or even mediation -- an alternative dispute process. Through these processes, you and your future ex-spouse can work toward creating a fair parenting agreement.

Is your spouse hiding assets to escape property division?

You may be the type of person on which others frequently comment about your good intuition skills or that you're very perceptive. Such attributes often come in handy in life but may also lead you to find out things about another person that you later wish you never had. For instance, if you file papers for divorce in Arizona and begin to think your spouse is trying to pull one over on you and the civil justice system in order to avoid property division, you may feel sad and mad.

You wouldn't be the first person to face problems associated with hidden assets in divorce and likely won't be the last either. The bottom line is that such behavior is illegal, so not only would your former spouse be doing something mean to you, personally, he or she would also be breaking the law. In such circumstances, quick and appropriate legal action is often the best means of rectification.

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