Why do I have to wait 60 days for my Arizona divorce to be finalized? What is the Court’s “cooling off” period?
The Arizona Court requires sixty (60) days, referred to as a “cooling off” period, from the date of service before a divorce can be finalized. The purpose of the waiting period is two-fold. First, it is designed to allow sufficient time for the spouse seeking a divorce to be sure they actually want to get divorced. Secondly, the waiting period allows the spouses to negotiate the terms of their divorce. It is essentially designed to prevent people from “rushing” into divorce and/or agreements regarding divorce.