Document preparation means that the attorney will not make a formal appearance in the case but will prepare whatever documents are needed to start or complete a dissolution of marriage proceeding, a paternity matter, a child support matter, a legal decision making (i.e. custody) matter, a parenting time matter, etc. This could mean preparation of the documents for an initial dissolution, together with a final Consent Decree of Dissolution, Default Decree of Dissolution, Parenting Plan Agreement etc., or, post decree modification petitions for decision making, parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance, etc. These services can be obtained at reasonable costs. Please note that, again, the attorney will not make a formal appearance in the case, and will not, under this scenario, appear in court, unless retained on a different basis. If all you need are documents prepared then this may be the route to go.
Limited scope appearance means that the attorney will enter a formal appearance in a case, just to handle one matter, i.e. a temporary orders hearing, a final trial, a modification hearing, etc., and will then withdraw immediately after that service is completed. Our court system, at this time, specifically allows this type of representation. Again, these services can also be obtained at reasonable cost.
If you find yourself in a position where you cannot afford to hire an attorney to handle a matter on your behalf, you may wish to consider utilizing a document preparation procedure or a limited scope appearance procedure for your case.
If your case is more complex, please remember that we do offer a complete set of services for handling your dissolution proceeding, paternity proceeding, decision making (custody) and parenting time issues, child support establishment, modification, and enforcement proceedings, etc.
Always remember that we do offer a free initial in office consultation for those residing within Maricopa County, and, initial telephonic consultations for those residing outside of Maricopa County, Arizona.