Questions about Filing for Divorce in Arizona


Filing for a divorce can be a difficult and confusing time. If you or your spouse wishes to file for a divorce in the state of Arizona, it’s important to understand how the state’s laws will affect your separation. Keep reading for the answers to many of the most frequently asked questions regarding divorce in Arizona.

What Reasons Are Required for a Divorce?

Because Arizona is a no-fault state, neither spouse must outline a reason for requesting a divorce. The only necessary information to move forward with the process is the assertion by one or both spouses that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.”

Do I Need a Lawyer During a Divorce?

You can choose to represent yourself during a divorce—however, in many cases this course of action is inadvisable. When you choose to represent yourself, the court will hold you to the same standards as any lawyer, meaning you must know and understand all pertinent Arizona divorce laws. It is highly recommended to hire a knowledgeable lawyer to help you through the legal aspect of this process.

What If My Spouse Doesn’t Want a Divorce?

If both spouses do not agree to the divorce, the spouse in disagreement can request a conciliation meeting with the court, free of charge. Following this request, the divorce is put on hold for 60 days so this meeting can take place. However, if the conciliation meeting does not end with both parties agreeing to postpone the divorce, the divorce process will then continue.

Overall, you should focus on how you wish for things to go from here on out. The past cannot be changed, so now all you can do is state your needs and wants for the future, and listen to the future needs and wants of your spouse. Coming to an agreement and compromise will work out for everyone in the long run, especially any children involved.

If you are in the middle of a divorce and are curious about your settlement options, including mediation, contact a Phoenix family law attorney at The Law Office of Laura Gillis today.