Limits of a Judge’s Authority
Divorce, in general, is referred to as dissolution of marriage in many states. The Superior Court judge is the only authority that can grant permission to dissolve a couple’s marital status. In addition to this, the judge is also authorized to do the following:
- Issue orders that pertain to the custody / legal decision-making, control and care of the couple’s children.
- Divide assets and debts.
- Issue orders relating to monetary support of the couple’s children.
- Issue orders to one of the parties to pay the legal fees incurred in the case by the other party.
- Issue orders for spousal support.
The Advantage of Having an Experience Family Law Attorney
Under Arizona divorce and child custody laws, the couple is encouraged and permitted to reach an agreement relating to all issues of divorce such as legal decision-making for the children, physical custody of children, alimony, division of debts and assets, etc. When using a divorce attorney Phoenix family law cases can often result in a partial or full settlement. It is advisable to have a settlement agreement drafted after negotiation by an experienced attorney. The parting spouses are most often unable to customize all terms of settlement to suit their circumstances and needs, but an experienced divorce attorney can help to ensure that their agreement is as inclusive as possible.
There are also certain issues that court is not authorized to otherwise order but can be included as a provision that is enforceable in the divorce settlement agreement. In other words, you stand to gain rights through a well-drafted divorce settlement agreement, which a court may not otherwise provide you.
If you are in need of an experienced divorce attorney contact Scott Law Offices and make an appointment for your free consultation today.