How Long Does an Uncontested Divorce Take in Arizona?
The court encourages you to reach agreements settling all issues in your divorce. If you agree on all issues in your case, you are allowed to submit your Marital Settlement Agreement and Consent Decree for Dissolution of Marriage to your assigned judge sixty days after the date the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage was filed and served upon the other spouse.
The sixty-day period exists because there are statutes that permit either spouse to request free marital counseling through the court’s mental health providers to try to save your marriage.
A settlement agreement negotiated and drafted by an experienced family law attorney is almost always more comprehensive and complete than any order a court may issue. This is true because you can customize all of the terms of your settlement agreement to meet your unique needs and circumstances.
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Also, there are a large number of other important issues the court has no authority to issue orders about, but which can be included as an enforceable part of a Marital Settlement Agreement. Simply stated, you may gain rights through an expertly drafted settlement agreement that a court would otherwise not give you.
For example, a judge does not have the legal right to order either spouse to contribute to your children’s college education. However, the judge does have the authority to enforce such a provision contained in a Marital Settlement Agreement.
You should also be aware that many judges simply do not have the time or necessary information at the time he or she has to hear and decide your case to issue an order covering all of the numerous intricate aspects of the marital relationship. A carefully drafted Marital Settlement Agreement resolves these problems.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about how long an uncontested divorce can take in Arizona to ensure everyone has access to information about an uncontested divorce 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.