The Ultimate Guide to Divorce in Arizona

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(Last Updated On: May 3, 2024)

No matter where you are in the process, you’re bound to run into questions while handling your divorce. You may be wondering how to divide assets, determine child custody, or even file for divorce. Luckily, an Arizona divorce attorney can be there for you every step of the way. Contact the team at Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC today for your free consultation to find out how we can help.

What to Expect in the Arizona Divorce Process.
The judge’s gavel is behind blocks that spell out divorce.To get a divorce in Arizona, one spouse (known as the Petitioner) files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in Superior Court.

A copy must be served on the other spouse (known as the Respondent).

If the Respondent lives in Arizona, he or she will have 20 days to answer, while if they live out of state, they will have 30 days.
The parties may sign into a separation agreement before or after filing for divorce to resolve matters such as asset distribution, spousal support, child support, custody, and visitation. However, agreements between couples regarding children are not always binding on the court.

The court will issue a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage following the hearing or when the couples reach an agreement on the divorce conditions. This decree will end the marriage and establish custody, parenting time, child and spousal support, as well as debt and property split.

After the divorce is finalized, either spouse may return to court to request a revision of the divorce terms. A modification is frequently requested in cases involving child support, custody, and visitation.

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