In Arizona, filing for a divorce, or “dissolution of marriage” as its formally called, requires a set of forms that collectively becomes your “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.”
There is no standard, across-the-board Petition, as each divorce case is different. Similarly, each county may have different steps in the divorce process, so the exact forms and information collected in your Petition will vary by your personal marriage and your location.
In general, however, you can expect a divorce to require the following forms and paperwork, and with the help of an attorney, you can streamline the filing process to avoid costly errors and minimize the impact of the divorce on you and your family.
Arizona Divorce Forms Explained
If you’re the one filing for divorce, you’ll first want to file a Petition. This makes you the Petitioner and your spouse the Respondent.
The Petition must be filed with your county’s Clerk of the Superior Court. The petition will include all the information pertinent to your dissolution of marriage, including:
- Basic contact information for both spouses
- Employment and financial information
- Date, place and type (covenant or non-covenant) of marriage
- Basic information of children involved
- Separation agreements and issues already reached
- Explanation of things the Petitioner wants granted for the dissolution
This is where Petitions vary widely. Couples who don’t have children or significant property may be able to come to an agreement on marital issues very quickly and briefly. In this case, the Petition would have less information and would be less time-consuming.
On the other hand, couples who have been wed for a long time, have children or significant assets (or debt) may have extended agreements that touch on all these areas. It’s also important to note that these agreements are ones that have already been reached. If the couple must go to court to decide things like child support and spousal support, additional paperwork will be required.
Along with the Petition are several forms required by state or federal law to be completed during the divorce filing process. These include:
- Summons: this paper is delivered to the Respondent to notify him or her that the Petitioner has filed for divorce
- Notice of Right to Convert Healthcare: an Arizona-required form that requires the Petitioner to tell the Respondent of his or her healthcare rights.
- Creditor notice: this form must be completed by both spouses and states the rights their debtors have in regard to the division of their debts.
- Preliminary injuction: this order prevents spouses from selling assets or property or making similar moves during the divorce proceedings (effective when Petition is filed)
Depending on the county and personal situation, there may be other forms involved. Before filing for divorce, it’s best to review all the requirements in your county with a qualified family law attorney.
Get Arizona Divorce Forms Online
Each county offers dissolution of marriage forms and info online, and at respective courthouses. The Superior Court of Maricopa County offers forms on their website here.
In addition to forms for the divorce itself, you can find forms on:
- Child custody and child support
- Spousal support
- Visitation rights for parents and grandparents
- Establishing paternity
There are also forms available for responding to or changing a court order. Some forms are available from the Arizona Supreme Court.
Simplify Your Divorce Forms Today
As you can see, filing for divorce isn’t a simple process. It takes time to plan and organize your steps during and after divorce, and it’s easy to let vital information slip through the cracks of your Petition.
But you can simplify the process and avoid the hassle by working with an attorney who knows the details, both of the law and your personal situation.
At JacksonWhite Law, our family law team works tirelessly to make sure you’re making the most of your case. If you need help during the divorce process, Timothy Durkin can provide the superior counsel you need to complete your divorce successfully.
Call the Family Law Team at (480) 467-4348 to discuss your case today.
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