The legal term for divorce in Arizona is a dissolution of marriage. Arizona is a no-fault divorce state, meaning spouses do not need to state specific reasons or grounds when requesting a dissolution of marriage. Rather, they only need to state that the marriage is irretrievably broken, meaning the spouses are unable to get along, and reconciliation is not possible.
To obtain a divorce in Arizona, one must meet the state’s residency requirements, submit any mandatory court documents, and potentially go before the family court. As with every state, Arizona has a list of residency requirements one or both parties must meet in order to obtain a dissolution of marriage.
Residency requirements are meant to discourage individuals from seeking a divorce in a state that could provide a more favorable outcome in the divorce.
Prior to obtaining an Arizona divorce, one must meet the following residency requirements:
Those parties who do not meet Arizona’s residency requirements may do one of the following:
If there are minor children of the marriage, the initiating spouse and the children must have lived in Arizona for six months prior to the filing.
While proof of residency is generally not required by the court, divorce documents filed with the court include a sworn statement that divorce meets any state residency requirements. Providing false information to the court could result in court sanctions for lying under oath.
If you wish to file for a dissolution of marriage in Arizona and are unsure if you qualify, an experienced Chandler divorce attorney from Wilson-Goodman, PLLC, can help. Our attorneys will review your specific circumstances and advise you whether you meet Arizona’s residency requirements along with your next steps in preparing for a divorce filing.
At Wilson-Goodman, PLLC, we believe that service is the hallmark of an excellent law firm. That is why our divorce attorneys strive to provide clear, concise communication in a timely fashion to meet your needs. Contact our compassionate, competent staff today online or by phone to schedule your meeting with a skilled attorney.