How to File For Divorce in Arizona.
What you need to know.
Filing For Divorce
In Arizona, a divorce starts when one spouse files a Divorce Petition (called a Petition for Dissolution) with the court. There are filing fees for a Petition for Dissolution and for filing a Response. Filing Fees:
Petition for Dissolution of Divorce $349
If you cannot afford these fees, you can request that the court waive or defer them.
In an Arizona divorce, once a Petition has been filed, a copy of the Petition and the related documents must then be legally served on the other spouse.
Service can be accomplished in a few different ways, including by waiver, by personal service, or by process server.
The date of service is important, because it is the date the “marital community” is deemed separated.
End of Marital Community
From the date of service going forward, the parties will no longer accumulate “community” property or debt; that is, property that each spouse has a claim to and debts that each party is deemed equally responsible for.
A Preliminary Injunction will be served along with the Petition. This stops both parties from selling community property, making changes to existing insurance coverage, and removing minor children from the state without court permission or the other parent’s written consent.