Linda has been handling divorces in Tucson and Southern Arizona for over 35 years, so knows the laws and procedures here quite well. (See FAQs below.) She was born in Phoenix, but then got smart and moved to Tucson. She is a graduate of the U of A and Pima College, her degree as a legal assistant (“paralegal”), with an emphasis in family law. She worked several years for attorneys, but grew weary that in most divorces no one really “wins”. She created her firm for those seeking more control over their divorce, ie: a more “peaceful parting”. She was a pioneer in the concept of legal document preparation by non-lawyers, later selected by the Arizona Supreme Court to help write the rules that now govern legal document preparers. She continues to champion for consumer rights and regularly participates in seminars by both the local and state courts, bar associations and legal document preparer groups. Linda has two now-grown children and has been divorced herself, so she understands what her clients go through. (She’s now happily remarried. Yes, it can happen!)
The cost depends on what’s involved (kids, property) and if your spouse will cooperate or not (cooperation is NOT required). When you call for your FREE phone consultation, a certified preparer will review your case and tell you EXACTLY what your divorce will cost (although most are under $300, excluding court fees.)
Most divorces in Arizona are completed within 60 days. When you come to our office, unlike other companies that have you come in for a consultation, only to make you return numerous times to review and sign, because we do a free phone consultation, when you come in your papers will be prepared right then and there. So you’ll walk out with complete papers that day. We’ll file within 24 hours, get them to your spouse, and then 60 days later the divorce can be final. Or we can delay it if you want. It’s all up to you.
Good news – An Arizona divorce does NOT require your spouse to agree – whether to the terms or the divorce itself. This means they do not have to sign anything. At all. Rather once your spouse gets the papers, they have a set time to file an objection…but that’s easier said than done, costing both time & money. So while many people say they’ll fight it, they don’t. Also, as so much today is set by law there’s usually not much that’s worth fighting.
Many times, yes. Even if you’re not the one who wants the divorce, you may want to file so the papers say what YOU want. And then your spouse must decide what to do. They can 1) ask you to make changes (and if you agree, we’ll do them) , 2) fight it (which costs a lot, both in time and money), or 3) they can just do nothing (in which case, you get what you asked for). But if you wait and your spouse files first, then YOU are the one stuck hoping they’ll agree to changes. Or paying a lawyer to fight it. So you might end up stuck with what they wrote. Even if not fair. Sure, you could fight it yourself, but representing yourself in a contested divorce isn’t easy (and something most paralegals don’t handle). Also, in divorces with children, who files may effect the fees. Don’t make an uninformed decision and pay more than you have to. IMPORTANT FOR NAME CHANGES: If you want to return to your former name, it’s FREE if you file for the divorce. But if your spouse files, the name change will cost close to $200.
We’ve been doing this in Arizona (and specifically in Pima County) for over 30 years. We know the laws and procedures here, most of the judges and many attorneys, and exactly what the court here wants. We know the laws and procedures here, know most of the judges, and know exactly what each and the court here wants. We also handle ONLY divorce, so we do one thing and we do it right! Our owner has a degree as a paralegal and was one of the first to be certified in the state. We are an A+ member of the Better Business Bureau and in over 30 years, haven’t had one complaint filed. Most important, while professional, we’re not a bunch of stuffed shirts with fancy offices and expensive suits.– we’re people just like you! Divorce shouldn’t be scary, and we try to make you as comfortable as possible in this most uncomfortable of times.
We know your time is precious, especially while going through a divorce. Most firms have you either answer questions online or go to their office to meet and fill out a questionaire. (And isn’t the main reason you’re looking for help is you DON’T want to fill out any forms or questionaires?) Plus they make you come in numerous times to sign this or that. Whereas we meet with you just once and prepare your papers right then and there. So you’ll walk out with a copy that very day. And completely understanding the process. (And then if there are changes, we can do that by phone and/or email.) Yes, it may take 30 minutes to an hour, but its a very interactive process, so your papers say exactly what you want. Divorce isn’t one size fits all and neither are our papers.
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