How to Get a Quick Divorce in Arizona
Quick Arizona Divorce
The quickest way to get a divorce in Arizona is for the parties to first file for divorce in Arizona and agree on all of the terms of their divorce. You or your attorney will draft the proper settlement documents and submit those documents to the court.
If you do not have children, the settlement documents will include a Marital Settlement Agreement and a Consent Decree for Dissolution of Marriage.
If you have children, you will need to add a Parenting Plan outlining your agreements regarding the time the children will spend with each parent and agreements regarding which parent, or both, will make medical and educational decisions for the children.
Quick Uncontested Divorce in Arizona
Arizona has laws that help save marriages that would otherwise end in divorce. Those laws are referred to as Conciliation Services. Either party may file a Petition for Conciliations services in the first sixty days following the filing and service of the divorce petition.
You cannot, therefore, submit your settlement documents to the court until that sixty-day time-frame has passed. So, the quickest you can get divorced in Arizona is sixty-days after the divorce petition is served on the other spouse.
However, it may take the judge a few days to a few weeks to actually sign the Consent Decree for Dissolution of Marriage and file that Decree with the Clerk of Court at which time you will be divorced.
Quick Contested Divorce Using a Mediator in Arizona
If you and your spouse do not agree on all of the issues in your divorce, the only practical way to get a quick divorce in Arizona is to hire a mediator or arbitrator to get you divorced fast.
If you choose mediation, you will meet with a mediator (usually a divorce attorney) who will meet with you and your spouse to negotiate a settlement.
This can be very helpful for a speedy divorce because an experienced divorce attorney can help navigate you through the issues. Oftentimes hearing what an experienced divorce attorney has to say about the issues results in resolution of those issues.
It is important to know that a divorce mediator cannot decide the issues you do not agree upon. He or she can only provide guidance to you and your spouse to assist you in reaching agreements.
Quick Contested Divorce Using an Arbitrator in Arizona
Unlike a mediator, an arbitrator can make decisions on the contested issues in your case. The extent of the arbitrator’s decision making authority is decided by what terms your and your spouse agrees upon in the Arbitration Agreement.
Arbitrating a divorce can be tricky. You may waive your right to an appeal of the arbitrator’s rulings and may limit what the judge assigned to your case can do about an arbitrator’s decision. We suggest using an experienced divorce mediator before you consider using a divorce arbitrator.
Despite those limitations, arbitration can speed up and make for a quick divorce because the arbitration can be scheduled soon after the initial divorce papers are filed. The arbitrator can then render a decision shortly after the arbitration hearing has been completed.
Speeding Up a Contested Divorce Before the Court
If divorce mediation did not expedite your divorce and you decided divorce arbitration is too risky, you will have to resolve your divorce at a trial before your assigned judge.
The best way to speed up a contested divorce is to ensure you quickly disclose all information and documentation you are required to disclose in your divorce. You cannot set your case for trial until you have disclosed all required information and documentation.
You can also speed up your divorce by resolving as many issues as possible before your final divorce trial. The fewer issues you have for the judge to decide the less time you will need for that final trial. The less time you need for your final trial the less time you will have to wait for that trial.
For example, your judge may have to schedule your trial six months or more down the road whereas a two-hour trial may fit into the judge’s calendar in the next thirty days.
Even so, a contested divorce can easily take an entire year from the date the divorce petition is filed to the date the divorce decree is entered by your judge.
If you are looking for a quick divorce in Arizona, call the experienced Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona divorce attorneys at Hildebrand Law, PC at (480)305-8300. Our attorneys have over 100 years getting a quick divorce in Arizona.
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Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about a quick divorce in Arizona to ensure everyone has access to information about divorce laws in Arizona. Chris is a family law attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a divorce should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and actually caring about what his clients are going through.