How long will my case take to be finalized?
The length of a case depends on many factors and each is case is different, so it is impossible to give an estimate. However, the average case lasts between six and nine months. If the parties agree on everything, it is certainly possible to speed up the process, but keep in mind that the Court will not enter a final order before two months has passed, even if the parties agree on everything.
How much does it cost for you do my paperwork?
Prices vary depending on the paperwork you need done, but we will never charge you more the $300 for any one document. Be on the lookout for discounts when you buy multiple documents together!
Are you attorneys?
No. Access Legal is not a law firm and we cannot provide legal advice, only legal information. Access Legal is a certified legal document preparation company that provides documents and resources created by local attorneys. We have trained paralegals who can assist you and in the event you need an attorney, we are happy to refer you to a local family law attorney.
What factors does the court consider when deciding whether one party is entitled to spousal maintenance?
According to A.R.S. § 25-319, the court may award spousal maintenance when the spouse seeking support:
- Lacks sufficient property, including property apportioned to the spouse, to provide for that spouse’s reasonable needs.
- Is unable to be self-sufficient through appropriate employment or is the custodian of a child whose age or condition is such that the custodian should not be required to seek employment outside the home or lacks earning ability in the labor market adequate to be self-sufficient.
- Contributed to the educational opportunities of the other spouse.
- Had a marriage of long duration and is of an age that may preclude the possibility of gaining employment adequate to be self-sufficient.
Additionally, A.R.S. § 25-319 details thirteen specific factors the court considers when determining the amount and duration of a spousal maintenance award. You can read A.R.S. § 25-319 at: http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/25/00319.htm&Title=25&DocType=ARS
If it takes that long for an order, what am I supposed to do in the mean time?
You don’t have to wait until your case has been finalized to have an enforceable order. You can request that the court enter Temporary Orders while you wait for the court to enter its final orders. Temporary Orders can be requested for a variety of things, including, but not limited to: Child Support, Parenting Time, Legal Decision Making Authority, Spousal Maintenance, Payment of Debts, and Exclusive Use of Property.
And Yes, we can help you with your request for Temporary Orders!
So, if you can’t give legal advice, what can you do?
Our primary role is to help you complete the paperwork for your case. Basically, we will ask you about what you want the court to do, and put your requests in a format acceptable by the court. If you are unsure about how you want the court to rule on a particular issue, we can give you information about the options available to you, but ultimately the decision is up to you. We cannot tell you what you should do.
What factors does the court consider when deciding legal decision making authority and parenting time minor?
When deciding legal decision making authority and parenting time for a minor child, the court looks at what is in the “best interests of the minor child”. To determine what is in the best interests of a minor child, the court considers all factors that are relevant to the child’s physical and emotional well-being. A.R.S. § 25-403 lists specific factors the court considers. You can read A.R.S. § 25-403 at: http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/25/00403.htm&Title=25&DocType=ARS
Once I have my paperwork, are there any other costs I should worry about?
Yes. Depending on the paperwork you are filing with the court, there may be a filing fee. This fee goes to the court and must be paid regardless of who does the paperwork for you. For example, the filing fee for a Petition for Dissolution (Divorce) is $338. For a complete list of filing fees, please visit the following link: http://www.clerkofcourt.maricopa.gov/fees.asp Another common cost to keep in mind is service of process. This cost varies depending on how you serve the other party (certified mail, process server, sheriff, publication).
How much does Access Legal cost?
If you would like to be a member, the cost is $199/ month and it includes unlimited documents and unlimited support from a certified legal document preparer.
What’s the difference between a Law Firm and Access Legal?
A CDLP can give you legal information but not advice. A CDLP cannot represent you in court, negotiate on your behalf or prepare or give “legal opinions.” They can tell you about procedures, what the law says, their personal experience or the experiences of others. They can also advise you when they believe you need the advice of an attorney.
What do I get when I use Access Legal?
- Divorce and family law documents.
- Support and Assistance from a Certified Paralegal.
- Webinars and E-books on representing yourself.
- You tube instructional videos
Can I really get a divorce without a lawyer?
Many people do. 80% of all divorces are completed without a lawyer. We don’t make any promises other than to answer all your questions, give you the documents you need, and educate you to the best of our ability.
Is Access Legal the right approach for me?
Maybe, maybe not, it all depends on you.
- Are you willing to consider an alternative to the traditional lawyer/client relationship?
- Are you willing to take on more of the work yourself?
- Do you have what it takes to manage decisions about your property, children and finances?
- Can you rise above emotions, make good decisions, and guide yourself to a positive outcome?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, and if you’re willing to do the leg work, edit some basic documents, and negotiate with your spouse, then, yes, the Rosen Online system will work for you.
Access Legal is not the solution for everyone. You may need someone to guide you, step-‐by-‐step, through the divorce process. Your situation may be complex. Your spouse may be abusive or uncooperative. In those cases, you’re better off having an attorney take control of your case and
drive it to conclusion.
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