How To Start The Divorce Process In Arizona

Arizona Divorce Process From Start to Finish

How Do you Start A Divorce?

In Arizona, the divorce process starts when one party files a petition with the Superior Court and serves the petition on the other spouse. Getting started is fairly easy but it is important that you get started right. Filing your petition or response with the correct information is vital to ensuring your case gets started off on the right foot.

Each divorce case is different and will have unique legal issues to assess and address. Our law firm handles all types of divorces, from the relatively simple to complicated high net worth divorces, cases involving child custody battles or domestic violence, and more. No matter what the details of your specific situation may be, please do not hesitate to contact our office for a confidential, no-pressure consultation.

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Arizona Petition for Dissolution of Marriage

The divorce process gets started with one spouse filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This is the initial petition in the case. It is important that you allege the appropriate relief that you are asking from the court at this stage or you risk not being able to ask the court for the relief in the future. An experienced attorney can help you file the initial petition with the appropriate requests for relief.

Once drafted, the initial petition is filed with the Superior Court of Arizona and a filing fee is paid. The filed copy is then to be served on the opposing party. While generally, this process is straightforward, it is important to meet with an experienced attorney to ensure the petition is appropriate to the facts of your case and it is filed correctly with all of the appropriate accompanying documents.

Service of Process

After the petition and related documents are filed, they must be served in accordance with Arizona law. There are multiple options for service but not every option is appropriate for every case. Ensure that you are proceeding correctly by meeting with an experienced divorce lawyer.

Response to Petition for Dissolution

Once service is completed, the responding party must file their response prior to the deadline or they risk a default judgement being entered against them. The response deadline can vary depending on the circumstances and the response to the petition is just as important as the petition itself. Be sure that the deadline is met and the response is appropriate by meeting with an experienced divorce attorney.

Working Your Divorce

At this time, is it a good idea to begin working on the next steps of the case such as preparing for initial hearings and initial disclosure requirements. While your case may not go to trial, start preparing your case to go to trial just in case. It is better to begin preparing a case for trial at the outset so that you are not scrambling at the end. Consult with an experienced divorce lawyer to ensure you are building your case to present the evidence necessary to be successful at trial. 

I. Considering Divorce

There are many factors to consider when thinking about divorce.



II. Finding An Attorney

Even if you are going to handle your divorce on your own, it is important to meet the right attorney to learn your rights

III. Beginning the Divorce Process

How do you get the process started?



IV. Initial Hearings and Temporary Orders

First court appearances and Temporary Orders

V. Disclosure and Discovery

What are you required to provide? What if the other side isn't providing the information?

VI. Resolution Outside Court

Trial isn't always necessary. There are options for resolving the divorce without the Judge

VII. Trial Preparation

If you are heading towards trial, be prepared.


VIII. Trial

Your opportunity to tell the court what you want and why you want it.




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Take Control and Protect Your Future

The lawyers at Burggraff Tash Levy know that choosing the right divorce attorney is a personal matter. This is why you will never feel any pressure during your consultation. We are here to answer your questions, discuss your options, help you understand your rights, and, if we represent you in your divorce, our lawyers will guide you through every step of the process as efficiently as possible. We work to keep costs low so that you can start this new chapter on your life in the best position possible. 

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