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How Do I Start My Divorce and What are the Requirements to get a Divorce in Arizona?


As the best divorce lawyers in Arizona we often get asked, “how do I start my divorce and what are the requirements to get a divorce in Arizona?” I want to talk to you about how a divorce in Arizona starts, and what the requirements are to get a divorce in Arizona. A very common scenario in my practice is for someone to come to my office who has just found out that their spouse wants a divorce or maybe even they want to get a divorce but they just don’t know where to start.

Divorce is not something that I think anyone starts out ever thinking they’re going to have to go through but when that time comes, for most people it’s a mystery. So I wanted to talk a little bit about where you get started. In Arizona, in order to initiate a divorce, the person who wants to start the divorce has the file with the court a document called a petition for dissolution of marriage. It’s a divorce petition. This is the official court document that we filed with the court to let them know that you have an intention of getting divorced. What has to go into that particular document? Well, for one thing you have to be able to meet all the requirements necessary to get a divorce in Arizona. Those requirements include the following: You have to have lived in Arizona for at least 90 days before you file your petition. I’ve had a lot of people who may be moving to the state from a bad marriage out of state, and want to initiate a divorce but unfortunately they haven’t lived here long enough. So we tell them that we have to wait until they hit that 90 day threshold. You also have to be able to verify to the court in the petition that you believe that your marriage is irretrievably broken and cannot be saved through counseling. Arizona has a public policy that if marriages can be saved we want to do anything that we can to save them. In fact, Arizona even provides a free service to help people try to save their marriage if is it possible. But, if you don’t think that your marriage can be saved, we simply indicate in the petition that you believe your marriage is broken and cannot be saved. We also have to let the court know whether or not you’re currently pregnant.

Now, the petition itself will also cover a number of other issues that we have to cover in any divorce. For example, we’re going to let the court know exactly what your position is on things such as child custody (which would include legal decision making and parenting time) child support, spousal maintenance (if that is something you’re asking for) and of course the division of property and debt. That’s the initial document that we have to file with the court to get the case started. Once that’s done, then we go onto the next step which is serving the other party. If you find yourself in a situation where you’ve decided to go forward with the divorce, please call us at the law office of Kevin Jensen. We’ve handled divorces for over a decade, and we understand how to help people through this very difficult process.

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Mesa, AZ – Office

Located in Mesa Arizona, on Val Vista and Southern Avenue. Our Family Law Attorneys and Divorce Lawyers in Mesa AZ have been helping our clients achieve the legal results they are searching for. Our Mesa Law Firm offers Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

Jensen Family Law in Mesa AZ
3740 E. Southern Ave Suite 210
Mesa, AZ 85206
(480) 999-2321
https://www.familylawattorneymesaaz.net/mesa

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Located On Dobson Road, just North of W. Chandler Blvd, near the 101 Freeway. We have a team of the Best Divorce Lawyers and Family Law Attorneys in Chandler Arizona. Our Chandler Law Firm offers Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

Jensen Family Law in Chandler AZ
333 N. Dobson Rd #5
Chandler, AZ 85224
(480) 632-2083
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Gilbert, AZ – Office

Located in South East Gilbert, Near Higley High School on Pecos Road, West of Power Road in the Power Ranch Neighborhood. Our Gilbert Law Firm offers Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

Jensen Family Law in Gilbert AZ
4365 E. Pecos Rd Suite 138
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 900-2302
http://www.familylawattorneymesaaz.net/gilbert

Florence, AZ – Office

Located in the Community of Anthem in Florence Arizona, off of Hunt Hwy. Our Florence Law Firm is staffed with family law attorneys that offer Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

Jensen Family Law in Florence AZ
3281 N. Hunt Hwy Suite 111
Florence, AZ 85132
(480) 632-1120
https://www.familylawattorneymesaaz.net/florence

Glendale, AZ – Office

Located in Glendale. Our Glendale Law Firm offers Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

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7075 West Bell Road Suite 5
Glendale, AZ 85308
(602) 834-8585
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Jensen Family Law in Mesa is located on 3740 E Southern Ave Suite 210, 85206 Mesa, Arizona. From Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Take S 41st St to E Sky Harbor Blvd, then head west on E Sky Harbor Blvd and Use the left lane to take the exit toward S 41st St. Then Turn right onto S 41st St. After that, Continue straight to stay on S 41st St, then Take AZ-202 Loop E, AZ-101 Loop S and US-60 E to S Val Vista Dr in Mesa. Take exit 184 from US-60 E after that Merge onto E Sky Harbor Blvd, then Use the left 2 lanes to merge onto AZ-202 Loop E toward Tempe/Mesa and Use the right 3 lanes to take exit 9 to merge onto AZ-101 Loop S. After that, Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 55A-B to merge onto US-60 E toward Globe, then Take exit 184 for Val Vista Dr. Then Continue on S Val Vista Dr to your destination and Turn left onto S Val Vista Dr. Turn right onto E Southern Ave, then turn left and Destination will be on the right.

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