While divorce is far from rare in our region — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the divorce rate in Arizona is nearly 15 percent higher than the national average — actually going through a separation is never easy. Even if you are 100 percent certain that getting divorced is the right decision for you and your family, there are still so many complicated issues that need to be resolved.
At Edwards & Petersen, PLC, our Arizona divorce attorneys want to make sure that you know your rights and that you are fully informed about the legal process. Before you actually file for a divorce, you should take the time to prepare yourself for the road that is ahead. To help you get started, our legal team has put together a Guide to Divorce in Arizona as a free resource.
Table of Contents
1. What You Need to Know About Divorce in Arizona
2. The Difference Between Legal Separation and Divorce
3. What are the Grounds for Filing Divorce?
4. What is a “Covenant Marriage”?
5. How to File a Petition for Divorce
6. What You Need to Know About a Consent Divorce
7. Legal Annulment in Arizona
8. Divorce Mediation
9. Preparing for Divorce Hearings and Divorce Litigation
10. Can I Just Represent Myself in My Divorce Hearing?
11. Understanding Property Division in Arizona
12. How Does Spousal Support Work in Arizona?
13. Child Support Payments
14. When Can the Court Deviate from the Child Support Guidelines?
15. Get Professional Legal Guidance
What You Need to Know About Divorce in Arizona
You need to know all of the basics. How do you file for divorce? What documents need to be submitted? What common problems arise during separation? How long will the divorce take? What issues will be at stake in your case? You can never be too prepared.
The Difference Between Legal Separation and Divorce
In Arizona, you can get a legal separation instead of divorce. In certain circumstances, this is the better option for couples who are ready to split up.
What are the Grounds for Filing Divorce?
Arizona is a ‘no-fault’ divorce state. You can end your marriage on the grounds that it is irretrievably broken.
What is a “Covenant Marriage”?
Arizona is one of just three states that still allows for ‘Covenant Marriage’. If you have one, there are special rules that will apply to your case.
How to File a Petition for Divorce
Are you ready to file the divorce petition? Find out the most important things that you need to know.
What You Need to Know About a Consent Divorce
If both partners are on board with the separation, you may be able to get a simplified, uncontested divorce through the filing of a consent decree.
Legal Annulment in Arizona
A limited number of marriages in Arizona can be declared null and void. Are you eligible for an annulment?
For many divorcing couples, mediation is the best way to reach a fair settlement agreement on the most complex and sensitive issues.
Preparing for Divorce Hearings and Divorce Litigation
Not all divorces move to trial, but some of them certainly do. Learn the basics of divorce hearings and trials in Arizona.
Can I Just Represent Myself in My Divorce Hearing?
It is often a big mistake. To best protect your rights and interests, it is strongly recommended that you hire an experienced Arizona divorce lawyer.
Understanding Property Division in Arizona
Disputes over assets and debts are often among the most contentious in divorce cases.
How Does Spousal Support Work in Arizona?
The financially advantaged spouse may be required to pay their former partner alimony following the divorced.
Child Support Payments
Parents have a duty to provide support for their children. Learn about Arizona’s child support guidelines.
When Can the Court Deviate from the Child Support Guidelines?
While the state has put child support guidelines into place, family law courts can deviate from these guidelines when the circumstances warrant doing so.
Get Professional Legal Guidance
Do not wait to take action. If you are separating from your spouse in Arizona, you need an experienced, compassionate divorce lawyer by your side as soon as possible.