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Child Support and Family Law

An action filed in a Family Law case may be filed to seek a divorce or legal separation or to create a Parenting Plan.

A divorce is the legal termination of a marriage that results in a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage. A legal separation is the process of determining the legal rights and responsibilities of spouses without terminating the marriage and results in a Decree of Legal Separation. If filing for a divorce or legal separation, filers should be prepared to provide information about the following: child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support and the separation of community property and debt.

A Parenting Plan is a document that establishes when a child will be with each parent as well as how legal decisions regarding the child will be made.

Family Law actions must be filed in the Superior Court of the county in which one of the spouses resides provided that at least one of the spouses has lived in Arizona for at least 90 days. If the action involves a minor child, that child must have lived in Arizona for at least 6 months prior to filing.

General Resources

Find My Court

Superior Court Clerks

Department of Economic Security, Division of Child Support Services

State Bar of Arizona

Self-Service Center in Maricopa County

Self-Service Center in Coconino County

Self-Service Center in Pima County

Maricopa County only: Community Legal Services, Inc.'s Family Lawyers Assistance Project (FLAP)

Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure

Arizona Revised Statute, Title 8 - Children

Arizona Revised Statute, Title 25 - Marital and Domestic Relations

Committees and Workgroups

Family Court Improvement Committee (FCIC)

Spousal Maintenance Guidelines Subcommittee (SMGS)

Child Support Guidelines Review Subcommittee (CSGRS)