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What is a contested Arizona divorce?

contested divorceIf 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.


To file a response, means “to contest”. In Arizona, we call it a response, but it means the same thing as contesting.


If this happens, the next step will be mediation. Most divorces end in mediation.


Areas of disagreement may be regarding any aspect of the divorce, for example child custody, spousal maintenance (alimony) and/or division of property.


If mediation failsand that is rare— then you will attend a Trial/Evidentiary Hearing. Each of you will present evidence and testimony to the Judge assigned to your case.


The Judge is then allowed sixty (60) days from the date of the Trial/Evidentiary Hearing to issue their orders regarding each and every aspect of your divorce in a document called a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage.