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In Arizona, a divorce is called a Dissolution of Marriage and requires a 60-day waiting period from the date of proceedings. The complexity and duration of the divorce process depend on factors such as marriage duration, presence of children, and property or debt division. Divorces with fewer complications tend to be quicker and less involved.

Types of Decrees for Divorce or Legal Separation

Summary Consent Decree

A process for divorce or legal separation in Arizona where all parties reach full agreement on all issues before filing a divorce or legal separation case with the court.

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Consent Decree

Outlines the terms of the divorce settlement that both spouses have agreed upon, including issues related to property division, child custody, and support.

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Decree on Demand

Allows a petitioner of divorce whose case has met the statutory time limit to schedule a default hearing with the court and proceed with the dissolution of marriage.

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Court-Offered Support

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Early Resolution Conference

The Early Resolution Conference (ERC) assists self-represented parties in resolving divorce-related issues with a Family Law Case Manager (FLCM), who prepares paperwork and finalizes agreements. ERCs are mandatory, conducted virtually, and require the completion and filing of a Resolution Statement prior to the conference.

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Family Conference Center

The Family Conference Center enables public access to courts for enforcing orders related to child support, spousal support, and parenting time. It supports Specialty Courts, including Child Support Modification, Establishment, Enforcement, Parenting Time Enforcement, and Order of Assignment Courts, by conducting conferences and documenting agreements.

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Support Enforcement

Support Enforcement Court addresses child or spousal support orders, arrears, and medical expenses. Parties attend a conference with a Conference Officer to reach an agreement, and if unresolved, an evidentiary hearing is held immediately after, resulting in a final order from a Judicial Officer without delays.

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Revised Procedure for Processing Consent Decrees in Maricopa County

The Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County Family Department is pleased to announce a revised procedure for processing of consent decrees and other stipulated final orders that will ensure that these documents are ruled upon within 21 days of the date of lodging.

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