How Do I Get An Arizona Uncontested Divorce?

An Arizona divorce is considered uncontested when one of two situations exists:

  1. One party files for divorce, and the other party does participate in the process.  The divorce then proceeds by default, meaning the filing party goes to a default hearing, and the Court awards a divorce without the second party’s participation; or
  2. The parties wish to both participate in determining the terms of the divorce, but they do not want to fight in Court.

With Situation 2, there are still a number of ways to go about getting a divorce.  For example, if the parties are fully in agreement, they can simply jointly fill out forms located at the Maricopa County Superior Court website.     The parties can also both “lawyer up” and pay attorneys to work out the terms.

However, where the parties can use some (or a lot of) assistance reaching agreements, and/or figuring out what terms to include in the final papers, a smart option is mediation.

Mediation is a process where a neutral third party helps parties reach and memorialize agreements.  The mediator is not like a judge, who decides which party “wins.”  Rather, the mediator uses conflict resolution skills to help the mediation participants determine what orders are best for both of them.

Mediation, unlike litigation, is an amicable process, which is completed quickly and generally for much less money.  It is also confidential, less stressful and less uncertain than litigation (if you go to Court, the judge could rule contrary to one or both parties’ wishes).  Mediation allows parties to end their marriage (or other family law dispute) in a respectful and powerful way.

Alona M. Gottfried is a mediator and attorney in Arizona.  If you have questions about mediation or family law, she can be reached at: 480-998-1500 or alona(at)  You can also visit:  This is a general interest article only and is not intended to be legal advice.  See a legal professional before making legal decisions.

Simmons & Gottfried, PLLC
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8160 E. Butherus Dr., Suite #7
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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