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TO START THE LEGAL SEPARATION PROCESS WHEN MINOR CHILDREN ARE INVOLVED
ATTENTION: You may use the forms on this page if the following factors apply to your situation:
  • You want to file for legal separation, AND
Warning: If the other party does not want a Legal Separation, the Court may change the Petition for Legal Separation into a Petition for Divorce if you and/or your spouse have lived in Arizona for the last 90 days prior to filing the Petition for Legal Separation.
  • You do not have a "covenant marriage", or since you were married you have not agreed to change your marriage to a "covenant marriage" (These papers will not work for a "covenant marriage".) AND
  • You or your spouse either live in Arizona or are a member of the armed services stationed in Arizona; AND
  • Either you or both you and your spouse desire to live separate and apart or your marriage is irretrievably broken (over); AND
  • You and your spouse have minor children with each other OR the wife is pregnant by the husband; AND
  • The minor children have resided (lived) in Arizona at least 6 months before you will file the Petition for Legal Separation or you talked to a lawyer who advised you that even so you could pursue the case in Arizona.
This packet contains court forms and instructions about filing a legal separation petition and other papers when there are children. Be sure the documents are in the following order:

Packets contain ALL forms and ALL instructions needed for this process. Where there are separate packets for Instructions and Forms, get BOTH packets.

Packets
Title File English Spanish
To Start the Legal Separation Process When Minor Children Are Involved - Instructions DRLSC1i PDF PDF
To Start the Legal Separation Process With Minor Children - Forms DRLSC1f PDF PDF

The individual forms and instructions below are already included in the Packet(s) above. If you choose to download the documents individually, make sure you get ALL of the instructions and ALL of the forms. Be sure the documents are in the following order:

Instructions
Order Title File English Spanish
1 Instructions: How to fill out legal separation with minor children drlsc10i PDF PDF
2 How to File Legal Separation with Minor Children Papers with the Court drlsc10p PDF PDF
Forms
Order Title File English Spanish
1 Family Court/Sensitive Data Cover Sheet drsds10fC PDF PDF
2 Petition for Legal Separation With Minor
Children
drlsc10f PDF PDF
3 Summons dr11f PDF PDF
4 Preliminary Injunction dr14f PDF PDF
5 Affidavit of Minor Children
drcvg13f PDF PDF
6 Parent Information Program
Order and Notice
dr12f PDF PDF
7 Notice Regarding Creditors
dr16f PDF PDF
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