How long does it take to get divorced in Arizona?

No one wants to get divorced.  And if you, like many people, find yourself at the beginning of a divorce, you probably want the divorce to be completed as quickly and painlessly as possible.  In Arizona, A.R.S. 25-329 requires a 60 day waiting, or “cooling off” period between the time a party is served with a Petition for Dissolution and the time the divorce may be finalized by the Court.  Thus, even if you and your spouse agree on all issues in the divorce involving property, finances and children, you will still need to wait at least 60 days before your divorce will be finalized by the Court.

Agreeing on all issues at the beginning of a divorce is a best case scenario and known as an “uncontested divorce.”  Many divorces, however, are “contested” and may require negotiation, mediation and, worst case scenario, trial to be finalized.  Contested divorces can take much longer than the mandatory 60 day “cooling off” period.  It is not uncommon for a contested divorce to last several months in Arizona.  Factors such as complexity of issues in the case, reasonableness of both parties and your Judge’s calendar can all extend the length of the divorce.  Rest assured, however, that all divorces have a beginning and an end.  And even a contested divorce can be completed expeditiously in many circumstances.

If you have concerns about the time frame for your divorce please consult The Law Office of Kristen Kaffer, PLLC to schedule a free thirty-minute consultation.

The Compassionate Divorce Attorney

Welcome to the Law Office of Kristen Kaffer, PLLC and our blog, The Compassionate Divorce Attorney.  At the Law Office of Kristen Kaffer, we understand the stress and heartache that family law matters often involve.

Many family law attorneys use the term “aggressive” to describe their practice.  Do not assume that a “compassionate”  attorney cannot be an “aggressive” attorney.  What makes us different than many other family law firms is our belief that “compassion” should come before any other adjective an attorney chooses to describe him or herself.  While many self-described “aggressive” attorneys are primarily focused on the opposing side, we are primarily focused on our clients.  This approach has created optimum results and happy clients for our firm.

In the coming months, this blog will provide substantive content on Arizona family law topics.  This first blog post, however, is to communicate our firm’s basic policy and practice of client-focused family law representation.  We also wanted to further explain our blog’s (some might say) unusual title and clear up any misconceptions about our use and interpretation of the term “compassionate.”

Every client’s matter is important and we strive to make you feel important from the moment you contact us.  If your matter requires well-timed and properly channeled aggression we are ready, willing and able to zealously defend and further your case. But, first and foremost, at the Law Office of Kristen Kaffer, we understand that compassion and empathy are indispensable in any good family law attorney/client relationship.

If you have a family law matter and would like to schedule a free thirty (30) minute consultation, please visit our website,, email us at or give us a call at (602) 343-7507).  Thank you for reading!