Legal Separation


Our lawyers handle Legal Separation matters in Mesa, Phoenix, Gilbert and Chandler. We handle cases throughout Arizona, although travel costs will increase the expense outside of Maricopa or Pinal Counties.

Legal Separation is similar to divorce. The most significant difference is that it does not allow the parties to remarry, since they remain legally married in a legal separation. For the Legal Separation statute in Arizona, see: A.R.S. 25-313



For those faiths and religions where divorce may be unavailable, Legal Separation offers the same legal benefits a divorce would.


Financial Protection

Normally, property and income acquired during a marriage becomes community property. A.R.S. 25-211

Debts acquired by either spouse during a marriage are a legal liability for both. A.R.S. 25-214

Property, income, or debts acquired after legal separation are the property or liability of the person who earns or incurs them. A.R.S. 25-213B

Spousal Maintenance

Arizona divorce law uses the term Spousal Maintenance, rather than alimony, which may be awarded as part of a legal separation, meaning one party may be court-ordered to pay money each month for the support of the other spouse. A.R.S. 25-320

Legal Decision-Making, Parenting Time and Child Support

Just as in a divorce, legal decision-making, parenting time, and child support can be ordered by the court and enforced. A.R.S. 25-313(5)

This web site does not constitute legal advice. If you need legal advice, contact an attorney. Our attorneys are licensed in Arizona only.


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