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Question: I want to amend my divorce decree so I can re-join the military. Currently ex is living out of state with child and I'm living overseas. Is it possible to make change without either of us flying back to AZ?

Answer: You do not say what you want to amend about your decree.  That makes your question difficult to answer.  If both parties agree on the amendment and you have an Arizona lawyer represent you, you may be able to accomplish your goal without appearing personally in court.  However, if there is a conflict over the proposed amendment, the judge will likely want to schedule a hearing and take testimony.  If you make a request to the Court in a timely fashion, you may be allowed to appear by telephone or by video conference.  A lawyer is advisable when you are dealing with the court from another state.  There are three programs in Arizona that you can use to get inexpensive legal advice and guidance.  One is the modest means program.  You will need to apply for the program and meet the financial qualifications.  Once you are qualified, Modest Means will send you a list of attorneys whose practice covers your area of concern.  You select a lawyer from the list and will be entitled to a one hour consultation for $75.  If you need additional help and if the lawyer agrees to take your case, the most you will be charged is $75 per hours.  the telephone number is (866) 637-5341.  Both Maricopa County and Pima County have lawyer referral programs that offer a 30 minute consult with an attorney.  Maricopa County's Lawyer Referral Service offers a 30 minute consult with an experienced attorney for $40.  The telephone number is  (602) 257-4434.  Pima County's Lawyer Referral Service offers a 30 minute attorney consult for $35.  The telephone number is (520) 623-4625.  You can arrange a telephone conference with the attorney.

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