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Divorcing couples can save money

Arizona couples considering divorce could learn from a New Jersey couple that acrimoniously divorced after 20 years of marriage. The husband fought paying spousal support for a year, even though the wife reportedly earned 40 percent less than him. At the end, legal costs amount to roughly $300,000. Although this example is extreme, there are ways to keep costs down for a divorce.

Divorce in Arizona

Some Arizona residents contemplating divorce may be interested in knowing what the proper procedure is. Divorce is legally referred to as a dissolution in Arizona, and one spouse is able to file and claim that the marriage is irretrievably broken. The petitioner must be a resident of the state for a minimum of 90 days.

Filing requirements in military divorce may differ

Arizona residents may be interested in decisions military couples may face when they decide to divorce. Military life often involves transfers and periods of deployment, and couples may live in many states before retirement. The choice about where to divorce depends on multiple issues. Residency for the purpose of divorce means that at least one spouse resides in or has a domicile in the state where the divorce is filed. Residency requirements and time limits vary from state to state, so for military divorce this may mean living in one state while filing in another. This is particularly true if a transfer was recently completed.


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