Getting Divorced in Arizona?
Things you should know:
- In Arizona, unless you entered into a Covenant Marriage, the only grounds for divorce is that "the marriage is irretrievably broken" or "no fault." Adultery, abandonment or abuse are not grounds for divorce.
- The Residency requirement is that at least one of the parties has been domiciled in the State of Arizona for at least 90 days prior to filing a divorce.
- Members of the armed forces whose home of record is Arizona may also file for divorce, regardless of how long they have been stationed outside of Arizona.
- If there are children involved in your divorce, the children should have resided in the State of Arizona for at least 6 months prior to filing the divorce.
- A divorce decides property, debts, custody, visitation and child support issues. Arizona is a community property state, which means (with very few exceptions) that all assets and liabilities acquired during the marriage are joint assets and liabilities subject to division, regardless of whose name they are in.
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BY DEFAULT - NO CHILDREN
Requires court appearance in approximately 90 days
NO CHILDREN - BY DEFAULT - NO COURT APPEARANCE REQUIRED
ONLY AVAILABLE IF:
There Are No Children And No Spousal Maintenance.
Decree by mail in approx. 90 days.
BY CONSENT DECREE
NO CHILDREN - NO COURT APPEARANCE
No court appearance required - Decree by mail in approx. 90 days. Parties must be in total agreement.
BY PUBLICATION NO CHILDREN
COURT APPEARANCE IS REQUIRED
When the whereabouts of the other party are unknown. Requires one court appearance in approximately 120 days.
WITH CHILDREN - 1 COURT APPEARANCE
Requires Parenting Class and court appearance in approximately 90 days.
BY CONSENT DECREE
WITH CHILDREN - NO COURT APPEARANCE
Requires Parenting Class. No court appearance required. Decree by mail in approximately 90 days. Parties must be in total agreement.
WITH CHILDREN - COURT APPEARANCE IS REQUIRED
When the whereabouts of the other party are unknown. Requires Parenting Class and one court appearance in approximately 120 days.
TEMPORARY CHILD SUPPORT
Includes preparation, filing and processing of all required documentsIf the other party does not contest then child support will be processed in no longer than 30 days.