To start the legal separation process when minor children are involved

You may use the forms on this page if the following factors apply to your situation :
  • You want to file for legal separation; AND

Warning: If the other party does not want a Legal Separation, the Court may change the Petition for Legal Separation into a Petition for Divorce if you and/or your spouse have lived in Arizona for the last 90 days prior to filing the Petition for Legal Separation.

  • You do not have a "covenant marriage;"* AND
  • You or your spouse either live in Arizona or are a member of the armed services stationed in Arizona; AND
  • Either you or both you and your spouse desire to live separate and apart or your marriage is irretrievably broken (over); AND
  • You and your spouse have minor children with each other; AND
  • The minor children have resided (lived) in Arizona at least 6 months before you will file the Petition for Legal Separation or you talked to a lawyer who advised you that even so you could pursue the case in Arizona.

*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 legal separation process when minor children are involved - Instructions and Forms - DRLSC1


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or download instructions and forms individually
Instructions: How to fill out the forms - drlcs10i
Procedures: How to file the forms - drlsc10p
Parenting Plan Information - drcvg12h
Family Department Sensitive Data Cover Sheet - drsds10f-c
Summons - dr11f
Preliminary Injunction - dr14f
Petition for Legal Separation with Minor Children - drlsc10f
Order and Notice for Parent Information Program - dr12f
Affidavit Regarding Minor Children - drcvg13f
Parenting Plan - drcvg11f
Notice Regarding Creditors - dr16f

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