Family Law

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Question: I am currently legally separated, but wish to file for this to be dissolved. What paperwork needs to be filed with the courts to dissolve a legal separation?

Answer: By "legally separated," do you mean that a court order has been entered granting you a legal separation and dividing the marital property and debts between you?  If so, then it is an easy matter to convert the separation into a marital dissolution (divorce).   All you need to do is file a petition asking the court to convert the legal separation into a dissolution.  You will need to serve the other party to the marriage.  Unless, the other person objects, it should be a simple process.  If you think you need more help, you may want to speak with a lawyer.  There are three programs in Arizona that you can use to get inexpensive legal advice and guidance.  One is the modest means program.  You will need to apply for the program and meet the financial qualifications.  Once you are qualified, Modest Means will send you a list of attorneys whose practice covers your area of concern.  You select a lawyer from the list and will be entitled to a one hour consultation for $75.  If you need additional help and if the lawyer agrees to take your case, the most you will be charged is  $75 per  hour.  The telephone number is (866) 637-5341.  Both Maricopa and Pima Counties have lawyer referral programs that offer a 30 minute consult with an attorney.  Maricopa County's Lawyer Referral Service offers its 30 minute consult with an experienced attorney for $40.  The telephone number is (602) 257-4434.  Pima County's Lawyer Referral Service offers a 30 minute attorney consult for $35.  The telephone number is (520) 623-4625. 

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  • I am currently legally separated, but wish to file for this to be dissolved. What paperwork needs to be filed with the courts to dissolve a legal separation?

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