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Yuma Divorce Attorneys

Is Arizona a No Fault Divorce State?

Arizona is considered a “no-fault” divorce state, which means you can file for divorce based on the fact that your marriage was “irretrievably broken” (i.e. there is no reasonable chance that you and your spouse will continue being married).

However, if a couple entered a covenant marriage, a judge could grant a divorce if one of the spouses committed adultery, was convicted of a felony and must serve prison time, abandoned the other for at least one year, committed domestic or sexual abuse, or used drugs, or if both spouses were living separated for at least two years (or one year after receiving legal separation) or agree to the divorce.

There are two main types of divorce:

  • A contested divorce - means a couple doesn’t agree on at least one of the issues mentioned above. Although couples may reach an agreement through mediation, those who still can’t find common ground may have to let a judge decide. Court litigation can take more than a year to resolve and cost each spouse up to tens of thousands of dollars.
  • An uncontested divorce - means a couple agrees on all the terms of the divorce outside of the courtroom. This type of divorce is considerably cheaper and resolved within three or four months on average.

Common issues addressed in divorce include:

  • Child custody and visitation rights
  • Child support
  • Alimony
  • Property and debt division
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

To file for divorce in Arizona, one of the spouses must live – or be stationed in the state, if he/she is a U.S. service member of the military – for at least 90 days before filing a petition. The petition must be filed in the Superior Court in the court where you or your spouse live.

Bowman, Smith & Kallen, P.L.L.C. Divorce Counsel

Getting divorced can be emotionally, mentally, and financially draining and can take a long time to finalize, especially if there a lot of assets and/or children involved. If you end up going through litigation, it is possible that you could walk out of court with an unfavorable outcome that can negatively affect your life moving forward. That is why you must hire an experienced family law attorney to protect your rights and best interests throughout the divorce process.

If you are interested in filing for divorce in Arizona, our legal team at Bowman, Smith & Kallen can fight for the best possible outcome in your case. With decades of legal experience, our Yuma divorce lawyers understand the complexities associated with divorce and what it takes to get results inside and outside the courtroom. Let us help you get the fresh start you deserve in life.

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    Alan Bowman
    Attorney in Yuma Alan Bowman was born in Oneonta, Alabama. His father was transferred to Arizona because he was a cotton broker. Alan grew up mainly in Yuma, Arizona except for about four years when he attended high school in Davis, California. Alan went to Arizona State University and obtained his bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering and then went to law school at Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law. He graduated in May, 1979. During law school, Alan ...
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    WM Michael Smith
    Award-Winning Yuma Criminal Defense Lawyer Michael was admitted to the Arizona Bar in 1969; Arizona and U.S. District Court, District of Arizona; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael has represented defendants in cases ranging from capital murder to DUI . He has over 40 years of extensive trial experience in both major criminal defense and serious injury cases . In addition, he was also rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell® in 2016. His past practice ...
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    Cid R. Kallen
    Lawyer in Yuma Since earning his J.D. and being admitted to practice law in Arizona, Attorney Cid R. Kallen has established a successful legal career thanks to his diverse background and extensive professional experiences. Before attending law school, Cid served in the United States Marine Corps in various positions between 1999 and 2004. During the latter half of his military service, Cid enrolled in Southern Illinois University Carbondale and earned his B.S. in Electronics Systems ...
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    Carol Bowman

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    Marlo Arnold
    Trial Lawyer in Yuma Marlo K. Arnold graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia in 2004 before joining Teach for America, where she taught middle school in inner-city Atlanta for two years. From there, she enrolled in law school at the Florida State University College of Law. During her time at Florida State, Marlo was a member of the Florida State University Law Review and the Journal of Transnational Law and Policy. She also completed an externship at the Florida Supreme ...
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    Jessica L. Holzer
    Jessica L. Holzer was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona. She graduated from Yuma High School in 2003 and thereafter attended Arizona Western College and Northern Arizona University (extended Yuma campus) where she studied business administration. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree, Jessica spent 5 years at the Yuma County Superior Court, first as a deputy courtroom clerk and then a bailiff/judicial specialist. During this time, Jessica worked closely with judges, commissioners, court ...

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