How Long Does it Take to Get Divorced in Arizona
The length of time it takes to get divorced in Arizona depends upon whether the spouses agree to the terms of their divorce. If the spouses agree on all of the issues, they may submit a Consent Divorce Decree to the judge assigned to the case sixty days after the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage was filed with the court and served on the other spouse.
There is a sixty day “cooling off” period in every divorce case during which time either party may seek free marital counseling through the court and temporarily put the divorce case on hold. It is because of that sixty day “cooling off” period that prevents a couple from submitting a Consent Decree to the Court until sixty days have passed.
The judge assigned to your case must either sign or reject your Consent Divorce Decree within sixty days of the date you submit your Decree to the Court. Therefore, you can be divorced in Arizona anytime between sixty and one hundred and twenty days.
If you and your spouse do not agree on all issues in your divorce, you will need to go to trial. The length of time it takes to finalize a divorce that goes to trial can vary significantly and depends on how efficient the attorneys are in preparing the case for trial, the complexity of the situation, and your trial judge’s availability to schedule your trial. In general, most people that need a trial have their divorce completed in twelve to eighteen months.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about how long it takes to get divorced 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.