In Arizona divorce is referred to as a “Dissolution of Marriage.” To file for a divorce certain procedures must be followed. These are governed by the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure and the Arizona Revised Statutes According to §25-312 of the A.R.S., one or both of the parties must have been domiciled or been stationed as a member of the armed services in the State for a time period of no less than ninety (90) consecutive days prior to filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This means that at least one of the two marriage partners must have been domiciled of the State of Arizona for at least 90 days before filing.

Because Arizona is considered a “no fault” state, as long as the jurisdictional requirements explained above are met neither spouse is required to present independent grounds for the court to dissolve the marriage. To file a petition for divorce, only one of the partners must believe and argue that their marriage is “irretrievably broken.” This does not apply however if the spouses have chosen to enter into a covenant marriage, which is somewhat uncommon but allowed in the State of Arizona.

The party that files for dissolution is called the petitioner and the other is called the respondent. While by law you are allowed to represent yourself, you will be held to the same standards as legal professionals and expected to adhere to all laws, procedures, and deadlines. If you miss a deadline or certain form, it could cost you more time and difficulty than you are already facing. Dissolutions also create the need for the allocation of assets and the deciding of parenting time and decision making for any minor child.

Divorce can be emotionally and mentally taxing. In addition to the familial issues you may be facing, there is also the requirement of following all necessary legal procedures. A skilled family law attorney can help make this situation as smooth as possible. The experienced and thoughtful attorneys at Giordano Spanier & Heckele Law Firm will personally handle your case and help reach a resolution that works best for you. Call us today for a consultation (520) 339-6804 or email [email protected]