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How is a Divorce Finalized in Arizona | Hildebrand Law, PC
How is a Divorce Finalized in Arizona?
How is a Divorce Finalized in Arizona?
A judge finalizes a divorce by signing a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage and filing that document with the clerk of the court. A spouse is not divorced until the judge signs that Decree and that Decree is lodged with the clerk’s office. That Decree can be a Consent Decree for Dissolution of Marriage because the parties have reached a written agreement signed by both spouses and submitted to the Court. Alternatively, that Decree can be signed by the judge after the parties presented their case at a divorce trial and the judge ruled on all the contested rulings. In either case, a divorce in Arizona is not final just because a divorce decree has been submitted to the court.
A court may not, correspondingly, sign a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage until all issues in the case are either settled or ruled upon by the court and included in the final Divorce Decree. In other words, the court cannot grant a divorce by entering a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage before issues such as child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, and division of debts and assets are resolved by an agreement of the parties or decided by the judge. If you do not settle your case, you will need to set your case for trial. After all of the evidence is submitted, the court will issue a Divorce Decree resolving all of the remaining issues.
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Finalizing a Divorce After the Issues are Resolved
Finalizing a Divorce After the Issues are Resolved.
If you have settled your case or the judge has issued rulings on your case after a divorce trial, you are still not divorced. The judge has to allow either spouse to file objections to the Divorce Decree, which could include a Motion for Reconsideration, a Motion for New Trial, or an objection to the language used in the decree. Any such objections will necessarily delay the finalization of your divorce case.
If there are no objections or the court has ruled on those objections, the court may sign the divorce decree to bring your divorce closer to the end. However, you are still not divorced simply because the judge signed your divorce decree. Your divorce is not official until the judge files your divorce decree with the Clerk of the Superior Court.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about how a divorce is finalized 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.