What is a Default Divorce in Arizona?
You have either twenty (20) or thirty (30) days after being served with divorce papers to file a written response with the court. The different time periods for you to file your response depend upon whether you were served and resided in the state of Arizona or are not a resident of Arizona.
The Response to Petition for Dissolution of Marriage must be filed with the clerk of the court. If you do not file the Response within the time permitted by the rules, the spouse who filed the petition for divorce may file paperwork to proceed with the process of obtaining a divorce without the participation of the other spouse.
This process is referred to as a Default Divorce. A Default Divorce takes much less time to complete. It also creates substantial risks to the defaulted party because the court may enter any orders the other party requests.
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Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about a default 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.