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Arizona Divorce Forms
This is a list of the most commonly filed divorce forms for the state of Arizona. Following the list is a brief summary of each form and its purpose. This list of forms is not exhaustive and not all forms listed are required for every divorce. Due to unique case situations and special divorce filing procedures in Arizona, certain forms may or may not be required by the Arizona courts.
Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, Forms 100a-b, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105
The Petition asks the court to end the marriage and states the grounds. The Petition must be assembled from forms. The order of the pages depends on the whether or not the marriage has minor children. Form 100a is used for a Dissolution of Marriage; 100b, a legal separation. Forms 101 through 105 are assembled this way: Form 101, which is page 2, includes the names of children, grounds for action and spousal maintenance; 102, page 3, identifies community assets and liabilities; 103, page 4, describes child support and custody; 104, page 3 in marriages without children, asks for relief; 105, page 5 (page 4 in marriages without children), special requests and acknowledgment.
Parent's Worksheet for Child Support Amount, Forms 110a-b
This form, completed by the Petitioner, shows the amount of child support he or she is requesting. This number is based on gross income of both parents, less adjustments.
Child Support Information Forms, Forms 115a-c
This three-page form is used only in Maricopa County, and they provide the court with information required to establish temporary child support.
Decree of Dissolution of Marriage, Forms 200a-b, 201. 202. 203, 204a, 204b
Like the Petition, the Decree of Dissolution must be assembled based on the situation of the couple, particularly whether or not the spouses have minor children. Form 200a is used for a marital dissolution; Form 200b is a Decree for a legal separation. The rest of the Decree is assembled this way: Form 201 of the Decree, which is page 2, deals with spousal maintenance and retirement benefits; Form 202, page 3, describes community property and debts; Form 203, page 4, (not used when there are not children), child custody, visitation and support; Form 204a, page 5, additional relief and the judge's signature page; and Form 204b, mailing declaration, page 5 or 6, depending upon whether or not there are children.
Child Support Order, Forms 205a-d
This form, used in most Arizona courts except Maricopa County, stipulates the amount of child support. This order requires that all child support payments be made to the Support Clearing House in Phoenix.
Child Support Order (Maricopa County), Forms 206a-d
This form is used only in Maricopa County. It stipulates the amount of child support. This order requires that all payments be made to the Support Clearing House in Phoenix.
Joint Custody Parenting Plan, Forms 225a-b
This two-page plan spells out the terms and conditions of joint custody of minor children. This routine is used when both parents agree to share both physical and legal custody of minor children of the marriage.
Family Law Sensitive Information Sheet, Form 240
This one-page form is a cover sheet that provides basic information about the Petitioner, the Respondent, minor children and a profiles the spouses' financial accounts.
Domestic Relations Cover Sheet, Maricopa County, Form 250
This cover sheet provides key information about the Petitioner and the Respondent. It is used only in Maricopa County.
Petitioner's Declaration of Information For Conciliation Court, Form 300
This one-page declaration is required in all cases. It identifies the Respondent and the Petitioner for the Conciliation Court, which provides marriage counseling services either prior to the divorce action or after it is final.
Affidavit Regarding Minor Children, Forms 301a-b
This two-page form is required in Pima County and in some other courts in Arizona when children are involved in a dissolution, divorce or annulment. Filed by the Petitioner, it establishes the residential history of each child; that the Petitioner has not been involved in an custody action involving the children either in Arizona or elsewhere; that he or she has or has no information about any such custody actions; and that he or she has or has no knowledge of anyone with any claims to the children.
Preliminary Injunction Against Both Petitioner and Respondent, Forms 350a-b
This standing order is routinely issued when a divorce action is filed. It enjoins both spouses from dissipation of community assets, harassment of each other or the children, and removal of children from Arizona without joint agreement or by court order.
Summons, Forms 400a-b
Unlike many other jurisdictions, in Arizona a Summons is required in all cases, whether or not Respondent accepts service from Petitioner. The Summons gives the Respondent 20 days (if served in Arizona) or 30 days (if served outside of Arizona) to file a Response. The Summons is normally delivered with a number of divorce papers, which are identified in the Affidavit of Service.
Affidavit of Service, Form 450
When papers are served by a Deputy Sheriff or Process Server, he or she returns this notarized form to the Petitioner. It certifies that the Respondent received a copy of 1) the Summons, 2) Petition for a) Dissolution, b) Legal Separation, c) Annulment, 3) the Preliminary Injunction, 4) Notice of Right to Convert Health Insurance, 5) Notice of Obligation to Creditors and if applicable, Child Support Information, Affidavit Regarding Minor under A.R.S. 25-439 and Domestic Relations Education under A.R.S. 25-351.
Acceptance and Waiver of Service, Form 500
When the Respondent agrees, he or she accepts the divorce papers and signs this notarized form, which waives formal service of process. The Respondent retains the right to file a response within 20 days (if served in Arizona) or 30 days (if served outside of Arizona). The Respondent also certifies that he or she is not in the military, or waives any protection from civil litigation if he or she is. The Respondent receives the Acceptance and Waiver along with 1) the Summons, 2) Petition for a) Dissolution, b) Legal Separation, c) Annulment, 3) the Preliminary Injunction, 4) Notice of Right to Convert Health Insurance, 5) Notice of Obligation to Creditors and if applicable, Child Support Information, Parent Information under A.R.S. 25-352.
Request to Restore Wife's Former Name, Form 550
This form is used only when the wife is the Respondent and wishes to restore her name.
Motion and Order to Waive Respondent Compliance with A.R.S. 25-352, Forms 575a-b
Motion and Order to Waive Respondent Compliance with (Domestic Relations Children's Issues Classes under) A.R.S. 25-352 is used when the Respondent is exempt from mandatory attendance at children's issues classes, for example, when he or she cannot be located.
Declaration of Service Out-of-State, Form 600
When Respondent is served out of state by a Sheriff or Process Server, this declaration certifies that the Respondent was properly served all the dissolution, divorce or annulment paperwork. A Certificate of Service, signed by the Sheriff or Process Server, is attached.
Declaration of Service by Mail , Form 650
This declaration is used for in-state or out-of-state, when the Petitioner mails the divorce papers to the Respondent return receipt requested. The green postal receipt card is attached to the declaration.
Declaration of Service by Publication, Form 700a
This declaration is made by the Petitioner when Summons is published in a local newspaper after he or she has made a good-faith effort to serve divorce papers on a spouse who cannot or will not be located. It permits the Petitioner to advertise the Summons in a newspaper, after which the Respondent is considered served. This form is filed with a Declaration of Due Diligence.
Declaration of Due Diligence, Form 700b
This declaration authenticates unsuccessful but diligent efforts to locate a missing spouse who cannot or will not be found.
Application and Entry of Default, Forms 800a-b
The Petitioner files an Application and Entry of Default after the Respondent has failed to answer within the statutory deadlines. This form is also used after an unsuccessful Service by Publication. It also certifies that the Respondent is not in the military or has waived his or her rights under the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act. Page 2, 800b, is form of Entry of a Default, and it is not required in all counties.
Application and Order to Waive or Defer Filing Fees, Forms 900a-b
This four-page form is used when the Petitioner cannot afford the filing fees of the dissolution action and therefor asks the court to waive or defer them until later.
Notice of Right to Convert Health Insurance, Form 1000
This notice, which is part of the divorce papers, is required in all cases, with or without insurance. Under A.R.S. 20-1377 & 20-1408, "the dependent spouse and children" have a right to continued medical coverage under the other spouse's policy. This notice explains the rights of the dependent spouse and procedures for conversion.
Notice of Obligations to Creditors, Form 1100
This notice is required in all cases, with or without creditors. It puts the parties on notice that "[s]ince... creditors are not party [to the divorce action], they are not bound by Court Orders...in this case."
Arizona recognizes what is termed a "covenant marriage," which is a higher standard of marriage. Unlike no-fault, where the grounds for the dissolution of the marriage are irretrievable breakdown, covenant marriages may be ended on grounds of 1) adultery, 2) conviction of a felony which mandates prison or death; 3) abandonment for more than one year, 4) commission of domestic violence against the spouse, child or relative, 5) living separately and continuously and without reconciliation for over two years, 6) living separately for over 1 year after a legal separation is obtained; 7) habitual use of drugs and alcohol, or 8) both spouses agree to the dissolution.
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