As long as you or your spouse has been a resident of Arizona for 90 days or more at the time of filing, you can get a divorce in Arizona. If you are in the military and serving overseas, Arizona may still be your residence.
If you are divorcing using mediation or another cooperative means, you do not even have to come to Arizona to complete the divorce. With mediation, all discussions can occur over the phone or via Skype, or another online conference site. The mediator would draft all the documents for your review and approval. All documents that need to be signed can be sent to you via mail, email or fax. You can return signed and notarized documents via mail.
Cost: Payments can be made by mailing in checks or credit card authorizations. For mediation, my hourly rate is $250.00 per hour. An average divorce mediation involves the following costs.
Two hours of mediation: $500.00 (some people take more time to reach an agreement, and some people take less).
Two and a half hours of drafting the Petition for Dissolution package, Acceptance of Service and Decree of Dissolution of Marriage: $625.00.
One time administrative fee: $50.00.
Filing fees (required by the Court for every divorce): $321.00 and $256.00.
Time to Complete: The actual mediation process and drafting of documents can occur quickly – sometimes within a week. However, the Court requires parties to wait 60 days between the date of Acceptance of Service (the date the party that did not file the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage acknowledges receipt of the Petition) and the date of filing the proposed Consent Decree. The Court usually takes around two to four weeks to sign a Decree once it has been submitted. Therefore, the whole mediation process can take as little as 75 to 90 days to complete.
Alona M. Gottfried is a family law mediator and attorney in Arizona. If you have questions about mediation, she can be reached at: 480-998-1500 or email@example.com. 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
8160 E. Butherus Dr., Suite #7
Scottsdale, AZ 85260