Legal Separation in Arizona Frequently Asked Questions
Arizona Legal Separation FAQ
Frequently clients will have questions regarding the difference between a divorce and a legal separation in Arizona and which option is best for their particular situation. For the most part, a divorce and a legal separation are similar; however, they do have some distinct and unique differences that should be understood.
Regardless of which route you take, you should know that both a divorce and a legal separation will result in the division of all your debts and assets, the entry of child custody orders, the entry of child support orders, and may include an order for an award of alimony, if appropriate.
It is also important to understand that if one party files for a legal separation and the other party files for divorce, the court is obligated to convert the legal separation case into a divorce case.
A legal separation case is different from a divorce case because you are not considered to be a single person when you get a legal separation and you, therefore, cannot remarry.
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Chris Hildebrand wrote this page frequently asked questions about legal separation to ensure everyone has access to information about legal separation 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 legal separation should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and actually caring about what his clients are going through.