To start the divorce process when there are minor children (non-covenant marriage only)

You may use the forms on this page if the following factors apply to your situation :
  • You want to file a petition for divorce; AND
  • You do not have a "covenant marriage"* (covenant marriage is an unusual situation; most people will not have a covenant marriage); AND
  • You and your spouse have minor children with each other; AND
  • The minor child(ren) resided (lived) in Arizona at least 6 months before you file the petition or you talked to a lawyer who advised you that you could pursue the case in Arizona; AND
  • Either spouse lived in Arizona at least 90 days before you file the Petition, or is a member of the armed forces and is stationed in Arizona at least 90 days before you file; AND
  • You believe that the marriage is irretrievably broken (you and your spouse cannot make this marriage work); AND
  • You or your spouse have either tried to resolve your marital problems through Conciliation Services, or there is no point in trying to resolve your marital problems.

*What is a "Covenant Marriage?" To have a "covenant marriage," both spouses would have had to:

  1. sign papers (essentially a contract) requesting a covenant marriage; AND
  2. attend pre-marital counseling; AND
  3. your marriage license would say "Covenant Marriage."

If you were married before August 21, 1998 and have not signed papers to convert your marriage to a "covenant marriage", you do not have a "covenant marriage". See A.R.S. § 25-904 for requirements for legal separation for a "covenant marriage". If you still have questions about whether you have a "covenant marriage," see a lawyer for help.


Packets contain ALL forms and ALL instructions needed for this process.

To start the divorce process when minor children are involved - Instructions and Forms - DRDC1


Download Packet Descargar todos los formularios
or download instructions and forms individually
Instructions: How to fill out the forms - drdc10i
Parenting Plan Information - drcvg12h
Procedures: How to file the forms - drdc10p
Family Department Sensitive Data Cover Sheet -drsds10fc
Summons - dr11f
Preliminary Injunction - dr14f
Petition for Dissolution of Non-Covenant Marriage with Minor Children - drdc15f
Notice of Your Rights About Health Insurance Coverage - drd16f
Order and Notice to Attend Parent Information Program - dr12f
Affidavit Regarding Minor Children - drcvg13f
Parenting Plan - drcvg11f
Notice Regarding Creditors - dr16f

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