We created this page to help people understand their options and figure out the best way forward. Family law is complex, and no two situations are the same. The best thing you can do when facing an important legal issue is to consult with an experienced attorney. You will see this recommendation repeated throughout this page. We recommend a consultation with an attorney above anything else because no matter how much research and reading you do, meeting with an attorney is the only way to get advice specific to your situation. A good attorney can explain the potential outcomes and pitfalls, while helping you create a game plan that will meet your goals.
No matter what stage you are at, whether you are considering divorce, or you have just been served, or you are in the middle of litigation, we can help. We are aware that contacting a law firm can cause a range of emotions from intimidating to embarrassing. You can be assured that when you contact us, all your information will be confidential and nothing you provide to us will be shared with third parties without your consent.
We care. We work hard. We get results.
One of the most difficult things when selecting an attorney is knowing if they are any good at what they do. Any one can say they’re good, but how do you know? At State 48 Law Firm, we take extra steps that set us apart from other attorneys. Here are some reasons why we are good at what we do:
The first time you contact us, you will speak with an attorney. Typically, on a weekday we can speak with you right away, but if for some reason an attorney is unavailable, we will get back to you the same day to schedule a time to talk. We believe in helping everyone who reaches out to us. So, even if we cannot help in your situation, we will do what we can to get you going in the right direction. If one isn’t immediately available to speak with you, an attorney will call you back with in one business day.
If you are ready to schedule a consultation on the first call, great. We will set it up for you at a time that is convenient for you. But there is no obligation or pressure to decide on the spot. If you need time to process and figure out your next move, we support you. Sometimes, people call with a question and it gets answered immediately and nothing further needs to be done. For more complex issues, we typically recommend a consultation with an attorney.
Prior to your consultation, we will send you an informational email confirming your consultation date and time, an invitation or phone number for the meeting, provide you with a brief introduction about what to expect, and there will be a link to our Consultation Prep Form. We ask that you complete the prep work prior to your consultation so your attorney can review the important facts and prepare answers for any questions that you have. The prep form also gives you the opportunity to share relevant documents and pay online.
We use the information you provided in the discovery call to match you with the best attorney for your case. We pair personality, approach, and case type with the attorney in our office who we think will be the best fit for you. Your attorney is here to provide information and advice to let you make the decision regarding the best way forward. We will make recommendations, but we will not pressure you one way or another. Unlike some family law firms, we have potential clients meet with the attorney who will be representing them. Consultations are critical to developing the right strategy, building rapport, and providing you the confidence to pursue your case. Remember, you make the decision. Never feel pressured by an attorney to do something you aren’t comfortable with.
During your one hour consultation, your attorney will listen to your story, review the facts of your case, and ask questions about your goals. You will then have the chance to talk about potential outcomes, what options you have, and what is most important to you. Your attorney will discuss what game plan they feel will be most effective, and they will also discuss your representation options. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions or discuss any of the options presented to you.
After your consultation you will feel better. Before meeting with an attorney, the uncertainty of everything can create an enormous amount of stress. We find information and options are the best ways to overcome the pressures you face. We provide the knowledge and answers to help you take control of your situation.
As the client, you decide what path you want to pursue. As attorneys, we are responsible for developing and executing the game plan to get you there. You tell us where you want to go, and we figure out how to get you there.
We will discuss your representation options and provide you with a Representation Agreement to review and consider. Not every attorney-client relationship is an ideal match. You should feel comfortable and confident with who you choose to represent you. Some clients know immediately they want to hire us. But consultations provide so much information, many need the time and space to process everything they learned before making a final decision.
You can get an annulment if you entered into a marriage that is either an illegal marriage or became voidable due to some defect in the marriage that occurred at the time of marriage. If you have only been married a short time and you realized you made a mistake, it may not be enough to get an annulment. The best way to figure out if you qualify is to meet with a divorce attorney.
Yes, you can stop a divorce at any time during the process if your spouse has not been served or has not filed a Response, and you were the filing party. But if the divorce has “officially” started, meaning, your spouse has been served or filed a Response, the two of you would have to agree to stop the divorce. If you and your spouse decide to stay married, the divorce case can be canceled or “dismissed” by filing a request with the Clerk of Superior Court and signed by both parties.
You must go through the Court to get divorced. But, when parties are in agreement, the paperwork can be drafted by an attorney who will file it once it is signed by the parties. In that case, the Court will still open and close a case, but neither party will have to set foot in the Courthouse.
But if you cannot come to an agreement regarding your divorce, a judge will have to make those decisions for you.
You are permitted to represent yourself in a divorce, but you are held to the same standard as an attorney. In other words, there is no excuse for not knowing the law or the rules. For that reason, if you do represent yourself, it may still be worthwhile to meet with an attorney and receive advice.
You may “need” an attorney if the other side has one. The rules and laws are complex, and people who represent themselves against an attorney are at a severe disadvantage. In contrast, if both parties are unrepresented, it is an even playing field; and, in that situation, hiring an attorney could give you an advantage.
It does not matter who files first or starts the divorce. One spouse must be the Petitioner and the other spouse must be the Respondent. There is no advantage or disadvantage to either (other than perhaps assignment of the courthouse nearest to the Petitioner).
To start a divorce in Arizona, the first step is to file the Petition for Dissolution with the Superior Court. The Petition is the paperwork that starts that divorce. After you file the Petition, you need to have it legally served to your spouse. Before you file, you may want to consider consulting with an attorney. Divorces are complex, and you should be fully informed before you file something. Otherwise, you risk making a mistake that could hurt your case.
Arizona state law requires you to have lived in the state for at least 90 days before you can file for a divorce. If children are involved, the children need to live here for at least six consecutive months before a divorce can be filed.
The average Arizona divorce takes between six to nine months. But this is only a rough estimate. It depends on a lot of factors, like length of marriage, if there are children, number of assets and debts to be divided, and the mental health of the parties. If spouses are agreeable, they can get divorced in as little as 60-days. Reasonable negotiations and settlement discussions can drastically reduce the time it takes to get a divorce. But contentious divorces can take a year or more, and highly contentious divorces can take two years or more.
To file for divorce in Maricopa County it costs, $349.00 for the Petitioner and $279.00 for the Respondent. The Petitioner is the spouse that files the Petition and begins the divorce. The Respondent is the spouse who files an Answer to the Petition. (As of September 2021)
The Court will not appoint you an attorney if you cannot afford one to represent you in a family law proceeding. The Constitutional right to an attorney applies only to criminal proceedings. For that reason, the government must appoint a free attorney to criminal defendants.
As family court is a civil proceeding, you have the right to hire your own attorney, but you will not be given a free one. If you want an attorney in your family court proceeding, you are going to have to obtain one the old-fashioned way: You’re going to have to pay for it.
Our award-winning team of professionals deliver the outcomes our clients need.
Any issue or question I have has always been answered. I am super grateful to Jillian because I feel like I have someone by my side 100% of the time.
Throughout this entire process, everyone at the firm treated me with the courtesy and respect that you would extend a lifelong friend, and for that humble gesture I shall remain forever grateful . . .
The best at what they do! Im so impressed by the knowledge Stephen has off the top of his head. The whole crew is amazing . Would highly recommend them.
I've never met such a passionate, organized, and responsive group of attorneys. Family law matters can be emotionally and legally challenging but this group stands out as the place to go to get great help
The team that works here is professional, timely, and has your best interests at the root of every decision. They work tirelessly and have an amazing array of experience to act on your behalf...needless to say, they’d always be my choice!
Highly recommend this firm for family law disputes. The efforts that they put forth to a case are some of the best that you can get, but they also know how to really work with a client and make it feel like a team atmosphere
I know some of the lead attorneys at State 48 Law Firm, and have complete faith and trust in their knowledge and professionalism. I would trust them implicitly, with my own legal needs.
Excellent team of attorneys. Everyone has a wealth of experience and a great depth of legal knowledge. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone.
I can't recommend State 48 Law Firm enough. They have a great team of experienced attorneys, although I highly recommend Bryce Johnson! He has a wealth of family law knowledge and will fight for you.
I've known and worked with State 48 attorney Bryce Johnson for several years and know him to be a considerate and tactful attorney who fights tooth and nail for his clients. I would recommend State 48 for your family law needs!
Everyone at State 48 Law Firm is great! Jillian Hansen will take the time to educate you about the process while showing empathy for the situation.
State 48 Law includes a very experienced team of lawyers who will work tirelessly for you. I would recommend their team, and specifically Bryce Johnson, to anyone.
During one of the most difficult periods in your life, it is imperative to find a lawyer and a law firm, who can look after your interests.
I’ve worked with this Team before & can’t say enough about their professionalism & constant communication. Highly recommend State48 for anything family law.
Ankita takes her time, is very responsive, and shows that she does care. You don’t usually find that compassion in a lawyer. I can’t thank her enough for helping us through our case and I highly recommended her!
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