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How Much Does a Divorce Cost Without a Lawyer?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The cost of a divorce without a lawyer can vary. It’s entirely possible to get divorced without a lawyer and for free— if you prepare your own paperwork and you qualify as low income. Using Maricopa County as an example, there is a $349 filing fee for a divorce. If you prepared your own paperwork, then the only fee you would need to pay is the court fee. If you collect social security, or nutrition assistance— you can even have...

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How long do you need to be separated before a divorce in Arizona?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The state of Arizona does not require anyone to be separated before they file for a divorce. If a person is no longer happy in their marriage and they feel that their marriage is irretrievably broken, they can begin the divorce process. Any person can file a petition for a divorce at any moment they would like. Although Arizona does not require individuals to be separated before filing for divorce, the state does require a 60 day "cooling off"...

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What if my spouse won’t agree to the divorce?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]In Arizona, there is only one requirement for the Court to grant a divorce. The requirement is that one spouse affirms the marriage is irretrievably broken. Your spouse won't agree? They don't really have a choice. If either you or your spouse disagree with the divorce, a request for Conciliation Counseling can be filed. Then the Court will require both parties to attend a joint counseling session with a Court counselor. If either you or your spouse still want the divorce after...

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How long does a divorce in Arizona take?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]How long your Arizona divorce will take depends on many different factors. The length of the divorces primarily depends on the way the divorce is finalized. Some divorces can take approximately 90 days to finalize and others can take up to 6 months to finalize. There things that you can do in order to have more control over the length of your divorce process. How can I get a quick divorce in Arizona? The quickest you can get divorced in Arizona...

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Do I have to live in Arizona to get an Arizona divorce?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]To get a divorce in Arizona, one party must have resided in Arizona for 90 days prior to filing for divorce. Even if you got married in another state, you will be able to get a divorce in Arizona. Just wait till you have lived in Arizona for 90 days and you can file for a divorce. If you have anymore questions about getting a divorce in Arizona, contact us today and we will help you out![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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What is a legal document preparer?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]A Legal Document Preparer is someone certified by the Arizona Supreme Court to have the necessary legal knowledge, experience and ethics to assist individuals with completion and filing of legal documents according to the Court's requirements. They can also help explain the law and explicitly outline the steps to various legal procedures.   Affordable Family Law is a certified legal document preparation company. At Affordable Family Law our certified legal document preparer, Jessica Worley, has over ten years of previous experience....

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Process Service: How do I serve someone?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Court requires that once you file your Petition for divorce, you must then have your spouse served. You can serve divorce papers to your spouse in various ways. If you and your spouse are divorcing amicably, your spouse can simply accept a copy of your divorce Petition and sign off on an Acceptance of Service that you will file with the Court.   If your spouse does not know you are filing for divorce or refuses to accept service of...

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What is a contested Arizona divorce?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you and your spouse are unable to reach agreements about your divorce, one of you will file a petition, and the other one will file a response. These are the first two steps that lead to a contested divorce.   To file a response, means "to contest". In Arizona, we call it a response, but it means the same thing as contesting. This is why you people refer to this kind of divorce as a "contested divorce".   If this happens, the...

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Can I request counseling before divorce?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]In Arizona, only one spouse has to want a divorce in order to achieve it. (That statement does not apply to covenant marriage, read more about covenant divorce in Arizona.) Oftentimes, the spouse not seeking the divorce would like to attempt counseling before the divorce is filed or finalized. However, there is no way to "force" the spouse that desires a divorce to seek counseling if they don't want to attend.   What options are there for counseling? To resolve this conflict, the...

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How do I get a divorce in Arizona if I have a covenant marriage?

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Most married couples do not have a covenant marriage. A covenant marriage differs from a "standard" marriage both in the steps it takes to get married, as well as the requirements for divorce or legal separation. You would likely know if you entered into a covenant marriage, but if you're not sure, here is a summary of what is involved in achieving a covenant marriage in Arizona. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Are you looking for Arizona Covenant Marriage Divorce Forms? How do you get a covenant marriage? First, the couple must...

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