What is a legal separation in Arizona?

What is a legal separation in Arizona?

Arizona law allows married couples to request a legal separation instead of a divorce. your marriage is irretrievably broken, or. at least one spouse wants to live separate and apart, and. the other party doesn’t object to the separation (if either spouse objects, the court must allow a divorce).

What states require legal separation before divorce?

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Four states (Delaware, Illinois, Vermont, and Virginia) require six-month waiting periods before couples can receive divorce decrees. Maryland and Nevada require one-year waiting periods before allowing couples to file divorce. North Carolina requires one year of separation before allowing a couple to file divorce.

Should I file legal separation before divorce?

Separation. Separation is when you and your spouse have lived apart for at least 1 year before a divorce judgment is made by the court. You can start the divorce action during the 1-year period, but you must wait until the year has passed to file for a divorce.

Can I be held liable for my spouse’s debts?

Generally, one is only liable for their spouse’s debts if the obligation is in both names. But, unless both the husband and the wife are on the credit card account (even if only as a co-signer), one spouse will not be held liable for the obligation of the other on that account.

Should I pay off credit cards before divorce?

If you have any joint debt with your spouse and you can afford to, we highly recommend paying off all marital debt, even before you draw up the divorce papers. For example, if you have $5,000 in joint credit card debt, pay it off before the divorce is finalized.

Does your spouse’s debt become yours?

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People probably get tripped up on this myth because in certain circumstances, you may be responsible for debt your partner incurs during the marriage. In general though, no, you’re not legally responsible for your new spouse’s old debt.