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You may be looking at a legal separation rather than a full divorce.In Arizona, the process of obtaining a legal separation or divorce is very similar. Legal separations are generally governed by A.R.S. Section 25-313. Legal separation determines the rights as well as responsibilities of the important aspects of a married couple's relationship, such as child custody, child visitation, debt and property ownership. Although a separation legally establishes rights, it does not divorce a couple. A husband and wife still have the same legal rights and obligations as if they were a married couple living together.
In Arizona, both spouses must agree to the separation before a decree will be granted.A separation agreement is a legal binding contract signed by spouses, which is intended to resolve property, debt and if there are minor children those kinds of issues.
You may agree to split a lawyer and have lawyer prepare the joint petition and settlement agreement.You may well be a candidate for spousal support as well.
Filing for legal separation follows the same process as a divorce action with the exception that the court must find that either the marriage is irretrievably broken or that "one or both of the parties desires to live separate and apart." A.R.S. Section 25-313(3). Instead of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, one files a Petition for Legal Separation. The Petition should include the information specified in A.R.S. Section 25-314.
Here I think this might be best for you since you need to keep healthcare and this would allow you to do so since even though property is divided you are still legally married and able to keep coverage under Arizona law.
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Arizona is a community property state, here is reference to property division, etc.
You can do this by a property settlement agreement signed by both of you.The lawyer can help with that.
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