For some Arizona couples who are thinking about getting married, a prenuptial agreement can be an important part of their planning, particularly when one or both will be bringing valuable assets into the marriage. However, in order for this agreement to be enforced in a subsequent divorce, it must meet certain requirements.
Although collaborative law is a somewhat new area of practice in Arizona, it offers divorcing parties the opportunity to work through the issues and reach an agreement without litigation. Both the parties and their lawyers work together in an effort to find a resolution that is acceptable. A collaborative approach may allow the process to be completed efficiently without a third-party making decisions in which neither party has a say.
Although there may be exceptions, the law in Arizona generally requires any court-ordered support or maintenance payments to be paid through the state's support payment clearinghouse. The clearinghouse maintains the names and addresses of the parties involved as well as employment information for the party who must make support payments. Under the law, the clearinghouse must be notified if any party changes their address.
In Arizona, the spouse who files for divorce is called the Petitioner. The other spouse in the case is called the Respondent. State law requires that at least one of the parties has lived in the state for 90 days. Additionally, the divorce cannot become final for at least 60 days after paperwork has been filed.
Arizona couples who own a home together may be interested in an article discussing some of the issues related to property that might come up during a divorce. If the correct steps are not taken, one of the parties may be stuck paying for a house that they no longer live in.