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4. Deal with your spouse’s response. Your spouse will have 20-30 days to respond to the divorce petition. If your spouse responds with requests far different from yours, you will need to negotiate until you come to an agreement, or proceed to trial. The court may require the spouses to attend mediation before allowing a case to proceed to trial. If your spouse fails to respond within the applicable time limit, you will file a motion for default.
5. Finalize the divorce orders. If you and your spouse come to an agreement on all of the relevant issues in your divorce, you can use a consent decree to finish the process. Otherwise, undecided issues will be taken to trial. The spouses can agree on one issue, such as child custody, while disagreeing on another, such as property division. Regardless of whether the spouses agree, go to trial, or one spouse defaults, there is a mandatory 60 day waiting period in Arizona before a divorce can be finalized.