Hi, I’m Chris Hildebrand of Hildebrand Law.I want to answer your question on whether there’s a benefit to being the first to filea divorce petition in the state of Arizona. The spouse who files the divorce petitionis referred to as the petitioner. The spouse that’s responding to that divorce petitionis referred to as the respondent. If you find yourself in a trial because you haven’t beenable to resolve all of the issues, the petitioner always starts the presentation of their casefirst. They present the evidence, form of witness testimony, exhibits, documents, anythingthat may be helpful or relevant to the issues that the judge is going to decide. The respondentthen presents their case. Same thing, they
present witnesses, documents and evidencein an attempt to convince the judge that their position is correct. But, the petitioner getsto also present rebuttal evidence after the respondent ends their case. What does thatmean? That means the last thing the judge is going to hear before making a decisionon your case is the petitioners witnesses, evidence and rebuttal. So, that’s the differencebetween being the petitioner and respondent, the benefits of filing first. If you haveany other questions regarding any divorce matter, please feel free to email me at chris@hildebrandlaw .