Online Divorce in Arizona

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Divorce Online in Arizona

ArizonaOnlineDivorce offers prompt help to couples who want to prepare for uncontested divorce online in Arizona.

The benefits of using online divorce services are:

  • There’s no need to schedule your time to access the online service. You can work with it whenever you want and from any device connected to the Internet.
  • The paperwork preparation is simple and fast and doesn’t require special legal knowledge.
  • You can go back to any question and change your answer while completing the online questionnaire.
  • You can work from the comfort of your home.
  • The documents are ready for download in two business days after finishing the online interview.
  • Detailed filing instructions to help guide you through the filing process.
  • Low cost since the preparation process excludes lawyers.

Before anyone can file for divorce online in Arizona and get the divorce paperwork, they must verify that they qualify for the online divorce services.

How to qualify for an online divorce?

Divorcing couples can apply for ArizonaOnlineDivorce services under several conditions. Firstly, they need to comply with the residency requirements of Arizona. Secondly, their divorce should be uncontested.

It means that they have resolved all issues about their separation in advance. They must discuss child custody, property division, alimony, etc. All the negotiated terms will be added to the final documentation and filed with the court.

Compare Your Options for Filing for Divorce in Arizona

Divorce With a Lawyer

A costly procedure when the spouses hire attorneys and go to trial.

  • High cost of lawyer’s services - $250 per hour
  • The need to schedule meetings, often by canceling other arrangements
  • Litigation leads to increased conflicts during and after divorce
  • Children suffer from prolonged custody battles
  • Contentious cases take more time to get finalized
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The premier uncontested divorce tool

One of the best options to save time and money for spouses with an uncontested divorce.

  • Affordable cost compared to divorce lawyer’s services
  • Convenient to use from a PC or a smartphone with Internet access
  • Papers are ready for downloading in two business days
  • Easy-to-follow filing instructions
  • Responsive customer support

DIY divorce

It’s the cheapest method to get divorced in Arizona, but it has many disadvantages.

  • It takes time to find and complete the necessary papers
  • Lack of legal knowledge causes misinterpretation of forms
  • It can get expensive if the spouses make mistakes and refile the papers
  • It isn’t the right choice for couples with unresolved disputes
  • It can result in an unfair outcome

What Forms Do I Need to File for Divorce in Arizona?

To start a no-fault divorce, the spouses must file the following forms with the Court Clerk:

  • Petition for Dissolution of Non-Covenant Marriage
  • Summons
  • Notice of Right to Convert Health Insurance
  • Notice Regarding Creditors
  • Preliminary Injunction
  • Sensitive Data Sheet
  • Family Court Cover Sheet
  • Parenting Plan
  • Parents Worksheet for Child Support Amount
  • Order to Attend Parent Education Class
  • Affidavit Regarding Minor Children
  • Consent Decree

The Petition has two versions - for couples with and without children. Also, if spouses do not have kids, they don’t need to file a parenting plan, a child support worksheet, or an order to attend parenting classes.

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How to Fill Out Arizona Divorce Papers

When filling out the court forms for Arizona divorce, the person needs to:

  • Go to one of the Arizona courts’ websites and download the packet of documents applicable to their situation. For instance, some forms differ for couples with children and without them. Written instructions are provided at the beginning of each set of papers.
  • Study each document and see what information is needed from their spouse or other sources. If some issues, such as property division, weren’t discussed yet, it’s the right time to do it.
  • Collect all required personal data, full names of both parties, their dates of birth, social security numbers, date of marriage and separation, etc.
  • Check whether some additional forms are required in the local court where the case will be filed.
  • Learn about the court rules about which forms should be filed first and which later. For example, a Consent Decree must be filed no sooner than 61 days after serving papers on Defendant.
  • Fill out the forms using black ink, and don’t leave any questions blank. If the question doesn’t apply to the married couple’s situation, the plaintiff should write N/A next to the question. In addition, if they don’t know the answer to some questions, they need to write “unknown to me.”
  • Check that all questions are filled out before signing the papers.
  • Sign the forms before the notary public and make two copies of every document, except a Sensitive Data Sheet and Family Court Cover Sheet.

File for Divorce Online in Arizona Without a Lawyer

Getting divorced without an attorney is a relatively inexpensive way to end a marriage. As long as the couple is ready to agree on all issues concerning their property, children, and financial support, they can proceed with their case without hiring costly lawyers.

All they need is to prepare the necessary court paperwork. One option to make it quick and easy is to get a divorce online in Arizona, which means using online services to do the paperwork.

The procedure to file for divorce in Arizona is described below.

Filing Process

Any person wishing to end a marriage officially has to prepare a set of documents and file them with their county Superior Court.

  • The primary form the plaintiff (a filing spouse) needs to fill out is the Petition for Dissolution of Non-Covenant Marriage. It includes personal information about each spouse and child, residence, and divorce terms.
  • Then, the plaintiff must sign, date, and notarize the Petition and other papers.
  • Next, the originals and two copies of the notarized documents must be filed with the court clerk. The filing person must pay the filing fees when submitting the papers to the clerk.

If all papers are filled out correctly, the clerk will put a date and case number on them. After that, the plaintiff must send the copies to the defendant during the next 120 days.

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Do-It-Yourself Divorce in Arizona

A DIY divorce is a legit and cheap solution used by many couples who wish to part ways without conflict. As a result, they usually don’t hire lawyers and independently proceed with their marriage dissolution.

Couples with minor conflicts often resort to mediation and counseling to avoid a trial and decrease expenses. Others use online divorce services, such as ArizonaOnlineDivorce to save time on paperwork. Since the price of online paper preparation is low, it won’t affect their budget that much.

The essential steps of a do-it-yourself divorce are:

1. Prepare the initial divorce documentation

Arizona courts require the following forms with two copies:

  • Petition for Dissolution of Marriage
  • Summons
  • Preliminary Injunction
  • Notice of Right to Convert Health Insurance
  • Notice Regarding Creditors

The other two forms are the Sensitive Data Sheet and Family Court Cover Sheet. No copies of them are required.

2. Submit the papers to the court clerk.

The plaintiff must take the notarized originals of all papers and two copies to the Superior Court. It must be located in the county where one of the spouses resides.

3. Serve the documents to the defendant.

After filing the legal papers, the plaintiff must give official notice to the defendant in 120 days. According to court rules, the filing spouse must send the copies of the filed papers to the other spouse using one of the following ways:

  • The defendant signs the Acceptance of Service form and returns it to the plaintiff;
  • The sheriff or a process server delivers the documents to the defendant and files a Proof of Service with the court.
  • The papers are delivered by certified mail. The defendant must sign the Green Return Receipt, which is then attached to the Affidavit of Service by Certified Mail.
  • Service by publication is used when the location of your spouse is not known.

4. Wait 60 days after serving the papers on the defendant.

Arizona courts have a 60-day waiting period from serving the defendant to getting the final judgment.

5. File the Consent Decree.

Spouses who agree to the final terms of their divorce must sign the Consent Decree before the notary public and take it to the court clerk after the waiting period has ended.

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Getting a Divorce With Children in Arizona

Arizona divorcees with minor children will need to resolve child-related issues before getting a final judgment. These issues include child custody and support.

Arizona courts can order two types of child custody:

  • Legal custody refers to decisions regarding a child’s health, education, religion, etc.
  • Physical custody concerns the child’s primary place of residence.

Both legal and physical custody is awarded jointly or solely. If the spouses want to request joint custody, they need to put the terms into a Parenting Plan. It includes:

  • rights and responsibilities of each parent;
  • allocation of decision-making authority;
  • living arrangements;
  • visitation schedule;
  • transportation arrangements;
  • rules for communication by telephone, etc.

All provisions should align with the child’s best interests. If the parents can’t resolve the custody disputes out of court, the judge will decide everything for them. The following factors will influence the final decision:

  • The child’s wishes about the custodial parent;
  • Mental and physical health of the parties;
  • The relationships between the kids and their parents and siblings;
  • The child’s adjustment to home, school, and neighborhood;
  • Instances of abuse, etc.

All parents with minor kids must attend a court-approved Parenting Class and complete it within 45 days after filing a petition. The program usually includes one or several counseling sessions. The provider will e-file the certificate of completion with the county court.

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Residency Requirements in AZ

Couples filing for divorce in Arizona must meet the residency requirements before starting any proceedings. According to Arizona Revised Statutes, at least one of the spouses must have lived within the state limits for 90 days before filing.

If a plaintiff or a defendant is in the military, they will also be considered a resident for the purposes of marriage dissolution if they have been stationed in Arizona for at least 90 days.

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How Long Does It Take to Get a Divorce in Arizona?

The fewer conflicts the couple has over their divorce, the less time it will take to end their marriage. Typically, uncontested divorce in Arizona takes somewhere from 2 to 4 months.

The shortest time the couple needs to get divorced is 60 days. It is the mandatory waiting period for all divorcing spouses in Arizona. But the couples rarely get the divorce decree right after these 60 days have passed.

Each case will be scheduled for a hearing where the judge will review the papers and the settlement agreement. However, since courts often have a busy caseload, the couples will need to wait a few days or weeks for the final hearing.

Contested cases last from 6 to 12 months, depending on complexity. Factors that extend the divorce proceedings include child custody disputes, debts, and substantial property.

In addition, the court may send the spouses to mediation sessions to encourage an agreement. Plus, the couple will have to attend several court hearings, which also delays the final judgment.

Default divorces, when the defendant doesn’t respond to a divorce complaint or show up for a court hearing, are granted in 30-45 days.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If both spouses agree on all terms of their divorce, they can file for a divorce by mutual consent. First, they need to discuss such issues as child custody, alimony, property division, child support, etc. These terms will be reflected in a settlement agreement.

Second, the parties should file all the initial papers with the court. The primary document is a Petition for Dissolution of Non-Covenant Marriage. The following steps include serving the other spouse and filing additional documents.

Divorce costs in Arizona depend on many factors, such as the level of conflict between the spouses and whether they hire lawyers to handle their cases. On average, amicable divorces are less expensive than contested ones that reach $20,000 or more.

If the spouses want to decrease their expenses, they can use mediation and online divorce services. For instance, preparing for divorce with ArizonaOnlineDivorce costs only $139.

Each plaintiff must pay about $250-$350 when filing papers with the court. The exact sum varies from county to county.

In addition, some other court fees must be covered depending on the circumstances, e.g., a service fee. If the plaintiff cannot pay the fees, they can complete the Application for Deferral or Waiver of Fees and submit it to the court.

Some blank forms for divorce in Arizona are available at the Arizona Court Help website and each county’s official website in the “Court Forms” section.

However, it is not always easy to fill them out. So, if you’re looking for help with collecting and completing your divorce forms, go to ArizonaOnlineDivorce. We offer all necessary state-specific forms ready to file in a few days.

All divorce cases in Arizona are handled in the Superior Courts, which are a part of the state’s judicial system with the Supreme Court at its highest. Therefore, the plaintiff must file the initial papers with the Clerk of Court in the Arizona county where either spouse resides.

Family law in Arizona allows spouses to file for a fault or no-fault divorce. However, the fault-based grounds are only legally acceptable for a covenant marriage dissolution. They include adultery, felony conviction, abandonment, and others.

A no-fault divorce is granted if the petition for divorce states the marriage is irretrievably broken and there is no hope for reconciliation.

Arizona courts divide marital property following community property laws. Thus, all assets and debts acquired during the marriage will be divided equally.

Separate property in Arizona, including inheritance and gifts, goes back to the owner. It is everything purchased or incurred before the wedding date if it wasn’t improved using marital assets.