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New state laws sometimes complicate the divorce process

As many couples in Arizona know, no marriage is perfect, and some simply don't work out. Although some couples can work through their differences, for others the best option is a fresh start. Whether your divorce is amicable, or you are at odds with your spouse, there are several things to sort out. You will need to agree on the division of your assets and even the custody of your children if you have them.

In the past few years, divorce legislation has been a busy arena in some states. A number of states, including Arizona, have seen the introduction of bills that limit grounds for divorce, impose compulsory counseling or extend waiting periods. One of the aims of such legislation is thought to be to discourage divorce by making it more difficult.

Much of this legislation aims to encourage couples to reconsider divorce. However, if a couple is resolved to get divorced, these legislative changes are unlikely to make a difference. There is no shame in starting fresh, and the introduction of no-fault divorce in recent decades has reinforced this. This suggests that for many couples, once the decision to divorce has been made, all these legislative obstacles will serve to do is cause frustration.

Navigating the current laws in Arizona might make the divorce process seem daunting. However, if you and your spouse wish to end your marriage, you should not be intimidated by legislation. A knowledgeable attorney can guide you through the process and mediate any disputes. This will give you the best chance of reaching a fair agreement with your spouse.


Newsday, "Keyes: Conservatives are out to destroy your divorce," Scott Keyes, April 14, 2014

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