Everything You Need to Know about Arizona Divorce Law

By Cathy Meyer

Arizona Divorce Laws


At least one party needs to be a resident of Arizona for a minimum of 90 days before filing for dissolution of marriage. There is also a 60-day waiting period after the service of process [Based on Arizona Revised Statutes; Title 25, Chapter 312 and 329]


Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. [Based on Arizona Revised Statutes; Chapter25, Title 316]. However, if the marriage is a covenant marriage [Arizona Revised Statutes; Chapter 25, Title 901], the following may be considered grounds for a dissolution:

  1. Adultery,
  2. Commission of a felony and the resulting imprisonment,
  3. Abandonment for at least one year,
  4. Physical or sexual abuse,
  5. Living separate and apart for at least two years,
  6. Habitual drug or alcohol abuse,
  7. The husband and wife both agree to the dissolution of the marriage. [Based on Arizona Revised Statutes; Chapter 25, Title 903]

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Arizona Child Custody and Visitation Questions & Answers

Child Child custody refers to the rights and relationships between the parents and their children when the marriage relationship has failed or ended. The court can order sole custody or joint custody. The most important aspect of custody, rather than deciding what legal term to use, is to decide how both parents will share responsibility for the children, and the amount of time each parent will spend with the children.

Can the custodial parent refuse to provide custody or visitation rights if child support is not being provided by the other parent?

Child support is a different issue from child custody. A parent cannot be denied access to a child merely because that parent is not paying support. Likewise the custodial parent cannot be denied support even if that parent is not providing access to the child to the non-custodial parent.

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Arizona Divorce 101: What You Need To Know

by Julio Arrant

If you have made the decision to file for divorce and you live in Tucson or anywhere in Arizona, you need to know what steps to take in order to dissolve your marriage. Here are some guidelines to follow when filing for divorce in Arizona.

Divorce is not necessarily a highly complex process, but there are many legal issues that must be addressed, so it is always a good idea to find an attorney that specializes in Arizona divorce laws. Even if you agree on all matters, just consulting with an attorney will bring some peace of mind and ensure that you are doing everything correctly.

In Arizona, there are two types of marriage. If you have a standard marriage, this means you will have a No-Fault dissolution of marriage, which basically does not assign fault to either party. The other type of marriage is a covenant marriage, which means a divorce is more difficult to acquire. Those in a covenant marriage are required by law to have pre-marital counseling and counseling prior to getting a divorce.

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Five Things The Court Considers When Awarding Spousal Support

When a marriage ends, each spouse deserves a fresh start. It is hard to get this start if you do not have the financial ability to support yourself or your children. Asking for spousal support (often times referred to as alimony) is one way to help you find your financial footing, and live an independent life. In order for the Court to determine if support is appropriate, and in what amount, several factors are taken into consideration. It is important to understand what the Court reviews, so your case can be prepared with evidence that is favorable to your request, whether you are seeking support or are the one being asked to pay.

The Court determines spousal maintenance by reviewing certain criteria and asking questions about the case, such as the following:

  • Is there a possibility for the spouse who is asking for support to support themselves without aid?
  • What type of lifestyle are the parties used to living? After a divorce, the parties are entitled to enjoy a similar lifestyle, which may require financial support from one spouse to the other.
  • Are there any educational needs that must be met prior to the spouse asking for support being able to support themselves?
  • What is the income of each party, and how does it differ? This includes looking at whether one of the spouses stayed home in order that the other further their career, and how the income of each party was impacted by this decision.
  • How long were the parties married?

If you have other factors that are not included in the above, the Court will listen to those as well. Once a decision is made it will be either for a set amount to be paid monthly or a lump sum to be paid all at once. If you are awarded monthly payments, the Court will also fix and end date to the payments. Our goal is to help you reach results that meet your needs, and the needs of your family. Call us today to find out what to expect when seeking spousal support, or when being asked to pay alimony.

For more information about divorce and spousal support, call us today. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call The Sampair Group in Phoenix and the West Valley today to schedule your appointment.