Divorce can be an emotionally challenging and legally complex process, and ensuring a smooth transition requires the proper completion of various legal documents.

The Arizona Marital Settlement Agreement is a critical document that outlines the terms of a divorce, including the division of assets, debts, and other essential aspects of the couple’s lives.

This guide will walk you through the importance of filling in each section of the document accurately and completely, ensuring that both parties understand and agree to the terms outlined in the agreement.

By following these instructions, you can facilitate a smoother divorce process and avoid unnecessary complications or disputes down the line.

Step 1: Name

The blank field for the name is essential because it identifies the individual involved in the legal document. This space should be filled with your full legal name, as it appears on your official identification. By providing your name, you establish your identity and your connection to the legal proceedings.

Step 2: Mailing address

Your mailing address is crucial because it’s where you’ll receive any correspondence related to the legal document. This includes notifications, updates, and other essential communication. Providing an accurate mailing address ensures you don’t miss any crucial information.

Step 3: City, state, zip

Filling in your city, state, and ZIP code is important for accurately identifying your location and jurisdiction. This information is necessary for court purposes and may also be used for determining applicable laws and regulations.

Step 4: Petitioner and respondent

These fields are essential to establish the identity of the two individuals involved in marital separation. Filling in these blank fields with the full names of each party helps in distinguishing the roles and responsibilities throughout the legal document. Imagine you’re watching a movie, and the lead characters are unnamed. It would be confusing to follow the storyline, right? The same goes for legal documents. Names help keep things clear and organized.

Step 5: The parties

 The date field in this section should be filled with the exact date when the agreement was created. It helps to track when the terms of the agreement came into effect, and it may be used in court to establish the timeline. Think about signing a rental agreement – the date on the document is crucial to determine when your lease starts and ends.

Step 6: Husband and wife

Fill in these fields with the full names of both parties. This establishes their identities and roles in the document. It’s like putting a name tag on each person to ensure everyone knows who is who.

Step 7: The marriage

This section requires the date and location of the couple’s wedding. Providing these details helps to verify the legitimacy of the marriage and establishes a legal record for the dissolution of the marriage. Imagine it as a memory you share on social media, where you tag the date and location to show when and where the event took place.

Step 8: Armed forces

By checking the appropriate box, you indicate if one or both spouses are members of the Armed Forces. This information is important, as it may impact various aspects of the divorce process, such as child custody or spousal support. It’s like choosing a pizza with specific toppings – the information helps make an informed decision on how to proceed.

Step 9: Date of separation

 Fill in the date when the couple separated. This information helps to establish a timeline and may influence various aspects of the divorce, such as property division and child custody. Think of it as setting a timer on your phone – knowing the start time helps you track progress and make adjustments if needed.

Step 10: Minor child(REN) of the marriage

Check the appropriate box to indicate whether the couple has minor children. This information is vital for determining child support, custody, and other child-related matters in the divorce. It’s like choosing a meal plan that includes kids’ meals – you need to know how many children are involved to make the right decisions.

Step 11: Financial disclosure

Select the relevant option to indicate whether the couple has disclosed their financials or waived their right to view each other’s financial information. This choice can impact the division of assets and liabilities, as well as child and spousal support. Imagine you’re planning a surprise party – deciding whether or not to share the guest list will affect the outcome and the level of surprise for the guests.

Step 12: Spousal support(ALIMONY)

This section is important because it outlines the agreements between the couple regarding financial support after their marriage has ended. There are several options to consider, and you’ll need to fill in the appropriate blank fields to make the agreement clear and specific. Here’s a detailed breakdown of each option:

A.There SHALL NOT be Spousal Support

If you both agree that neither spouse will provide financial support to the other after the marriage ends, check this box. In this case, no additional information needs to be filled in.

B.There SHALL BE Spousal Support 

If one spouse will be providing financial support to the other, check this box and fill in the following information:

C.Starting date 

Write down the date when the spousal support payments will begin.

For example, if the payments start on March 1, 2023, fill in the blank as March 1, 2023.

Paying Spouse: Check the box next to “Husband” or “Wife” to indicate who will be paying spousal support.

Receiving Spouse: Check the box next to “Husband” or “Wife” to indicate who will be receiving spousal support.

 

Now, choose one of the following payment options and fill in the required information:
a. In Perpetuity: If spousal support payments will continue indefinitely until certain conditions are met (e.g., death, remarriage, or court order), check this box and provide the following information:

Payment amount: Fill in the agreed-upon monthly payment amount.

For example, if the agreed amount is $1,000 per month, write $1,000.

Payment due date: Fill in the day of each month when the payment is due.

For example, if the payment is due on the 15th of each month, write 15.

b. Until an End Date: If spousal support payments will continue until a specific date, check this box and provide the following information:

Payment amount: Fill in the agreed-upon monthly payment amount.

Payment due date: Fill in the day of each month when the payment is due.

End date: Write down the specific date when the spousal support payments will stop.

For example, if the payments end on December 31, 2025, fill in the blank as December 31, 2025.

c. On a Payment Schedule found in Attachment B: If you both agree to a specific payment schedule that’s detailed in a separate attachment (Attachment B), check this box. Be sure to include the agreed-upon payment schedule as Attachment B with your legal document.

Step 13: Change of circumstances

 The Couple agrees that: (check one)

Spousal Support CANNOT Change: In this option, you’re agreeing that no court can change the spousal support payment or non-payment at any time, regardless of changes in circumstances.

For example, if you’re a paying spouse and you lose your job, this option would prevent you from seeking a reduction in support payments. On the other hand, if the receiving spouse remarries, the spousal support payments would automatically terminate.

Spousal Support CAN Change: By selecting this option, you allow spousal support to be modified based on changes in circumstances. You then need to check the specific circumstances that would allow for modification, such as:

Job Loss

Injury

Disability

Illness/Disease

Other (specify any other circumstances)

Step 14: Health insurance

 The Couple agrees that: (check one)

Each Spouse is responsible for THEIR OWN health insurance: By choosing this option, you’re stating that each spouse will take care of their own health insurance needs. For instance, if you were previously covered under your spouse’s insurance plan, you would now need to find your own coverage.

Health insurance IS PROVIDED by Husband/Wife: The Health Insurance Paying Spouse must cooperate by providing necessary insurance cards, claim forms, and insurance payments to the Receiving Spouse. This option means that one spouse (Health Insurance Paying Spouse) will provide health insurance for the other spouse (Health Insurance Receiving Spouse). You need to check which types of insurance are included:

Step 15: Marital home

 At the time of writing this Agreement, the Couple: (check one)

Select this option if neither of you owns a home individually or together.

OWN a home, either separately or jointly: If you do own a home, provide the property address and check who owns the Marital Home (Husband, Wife, or Both Spouses). You also need to indicate who currently lives at the Marital Home (Husband, Wife, or Both Spouses).

Lastly, decide what will happen to the Marital Home:

Placed for sale as part of this Agreement: By choosing this, you’re agreeing to sell the Marital Home and likely split the proceeds as part of the divorce settlement.

Not placed for sale: This option indicates that the home won’t be sold as part of the divorce agreement. You’ll need to determine what will happen to the property in another part of the agreement or through further negotiations.

Step 16: Husband’s property 

Under this Agreement, the Husband shall be the owner of the following assets and property: List all assets and property that the Husband will keep after the divorce.

For example, vehicles, real estate, personal belongings, bank accounts, stocks, etc. If more space is needed, you can continue on Attachment C, which will be incorporated into the agreement.

Step 17: Wife’s property

 Similar to the previous section, list all assets and property that the Wife will keep after the divorce. If more space is needed, continue on Attachment D, which will be incorporated into the agreement.

Step 18: Payment to balance division

To achieve an equal division of property, the Couple agrees to: (check one)

There SHALL BE a cash payment

If one spouse is receiving more valuable assets, they might owe the other spouse a cash payment to balance the division. Indicate the payment amount and specify who will pay and who will receive the payment. Include the due date and the interest rate that applies if the payment is late.

There SHALL NOT be a payment

If both spouses agree that the assets have been divided fairly and in good faith, select this option.

Step 19: Husband’s liabilities

 List all debts and liabilities that the Husband will be responsible for after the divorce.

Examples include credit card debt, mortgages, loans, etc. If more space is needed, continue on Attachment E.

Step 20: Wife’s liabilities

 List all debts and liabilities that the Wife will be responsible for after the divorce. If more space is needed, continue on Attachment F.

Step 21: Retirement benefits

 Indicate whether the couple has retirement plans: (check one)

DO NOT have retirement plans: Choose this if neither spouse has any retirement plans.

HAVE retirement plans: List the retirement plans and check who will own them upon signing the agreement (Husband, Wife, Both Spouses or Other).

Step 22: Legal name change 

After the dissolution of marriage: (check one)

NEITHER Spouse will be changing their name: If neither spouse plans to change their name after the divorce, select this option.

The following WILL BE changing their name: Indicate if the Husband or Wife will change their name and specify the new name(s).

For example, if the Wife wants to revert to her maiden name or adopt a new name, provide the new name in the space provided.

Step 23: Additional terms & conditions 

In this section, you can include any other terms and conditions that are important for your specific situation but haven’t been covered in the previous sections.

For example, you might want to mention how to handle any future disputes or how to manage shared pet custody. Fill in the blanks with any relevant information.

Step 24: Signatures and dates

 This is the final part of the agreement where both the Husband and the Wife will sign and date the document, indicating their consent to the terms and conditions outlined. This makes the agreement legally binding. To fill in this section:

Husband’s Signature: The Husband should sign on the line provided.

Date: The Husband should write the date on which he signed the agreement.

Print Name: The Husband should print his full legal name.

Wife’s Signature: The Wife should sign on the line provided.

Date: The Wife should write the date on which she signed the agreement.

Print Name: The Wife should print her full legal name.

By completing all these sections and signing the document, both parties agree to the terms outlined in the agreement, which will help ensure a smoother and more amicable divorce process.

ATTACHMENT A (CHILD SUPPORT)

Step 1: Minor children

 In this section, you’ll list the minor children of the marriage. Fill in the number of minor children and provide their names and dates of birth. This information is essential to establish custody, visitation, and child support arrangements.

Step 2: Future children

This part refers to whether the couple is expecting any additional children. Check the appropriate box and provide the due date if applicable.

Step 3: Physical custody

Here, you need to decide on the custody arrangement for the minor children. Check the box for either sole custody (awarded to one parent) or joint custody (shared between both parents).

Step 4: Parenting time/visitation

This section outlines the visitation schedule for each parent. Check the appropriate box for each parent’s schedule and provide any additional details as needed. It’s important to establish a clear visitation schedule to avoid future conflicts and ensure the well-being of the children.

Step 5: Notice of change of residence

 In this part, you’ll decide if either spouse can move their residence and the required notice period. Choose whether moving is allowed or not allowed and fill in the number of days notice required or the maximum distance allowed for moving without the other spouse’s consent.

Step 6: Previous court actions

 This section refers to any previous court involvement regarding custody and visitation. Check the appropriate box and provide the necessary information, such as the county, state, and case number.

Step 7: Child support

Child support is an important consideration in any divorce or separation agreement where minor children are involved. Child support is a regular payment made by one parent to the other to help cover the costs of raising the children. In this section of the agreement, you will need to indicate what type of child support arrangement you would like to establish.

Step 8: No child support

If neither spouse is obligated to pay child support, you can check the box that indicates “NO CHILD SUPPORT.” However, this does not mean that both parents are not responsible for providing financial support for their children. It simply means that there will be no regular payments made from one parent to the other.

Instead, each parent will be responsible for providing direct support for the minor children during the periods when they are in their physical custody. This may include providing for the child’s basic needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter, as well as any additional expenses such as medical care, school fees, and extracurricular activities.

Step 9: Deferred child support

If you prefer to defer the decision on child support to the local court or Child Support Services Department in the State of ________________, you can check the box that indicates “DEFERRED child support.” This means that the court or Child Support Services Department will determine the amount of child support that should be paid, based on the needs of the child and the financial circumstances of each parent.

 

Step 10: Child support payments

If you choose to establish child support payments, you will need to indicate the details of the payment arrangement. Child support payments shall be made by the Husband or Wife to the Husband or Wife in the following manner:

This means that the parent who is obligated to pay child support will need to make regular payments to the other parent in the specified amount and on the specified date each month. The amount of child support will depend on a number of factors, including the income of both parents and the needs of the child.

 

Step 11: Additional support 

In this section, you’ll decide on any additional support beyond the child support specified in the agreement. Check the appropriate box for no additional support, deferred additional support, or additional support payments.

If you choose additional support payments, check all applicable boxes:

Step 12: Health and dental insurance

Indicate which spouse (Husband or Wife) will maintain coverage for the minor children’s medical and dental insurance through their employment. By specifying this, you’re ensuring that the children receive proper healthcare coverage.

Step 13: Uncovered healthcare expenses

Determine which spouse will be responsible for the children’s uncovered health care expenses. Fill in the number of days for presenting an itemized statement and for making the reimbursement. This helps to avoid disputes and confusion about medical expenses not covered by insurance.

Step 14: Other

If there are any other additional support payments, specify them here. Mention which spouse will make the payment and provide a clear description of the additional support required.

Step 15: Dependents 

This section outlines which spouse can claim the minor children as dependents for tax-related benefits. Check the appropriate box for each spouse and write the names of the minor children that can be claimed as dependents. By clarifying this information, you’re ensuring that both spouses understand their tax responsibilities and can avoid potential conflicts during tax season

The following sections are continuations of previously mentioned sections in the agreement. Use these sections to provide additional information, details, or clarifications on the respective topics.

Attachment B (Spousal support)

 This section is a continuation of Section VIII. If there are additional details or conditions related to spousal support that you’d like to include, fill in these lines. This ensures that both parties are clear about their obligations regarding spousal support and can help avoid future disputes.

Attachment C (Husband’s property)

This section is a continuation of Section XII. List any additional properties or assets that belong solely to the husband. By specifying these, you’re ensuring that the division of property is clear and that both parties understand their respective ownership rights.

Attachment D (Wife’s property) 

This section is a continuation of Section XIII. List any additional properties or assets that belong solely to the wife. Like with Attachment C, you’re ensuring clarity in property division and helping both parties understand their ownership rights.

Attachment E (Husband’s liabilities)

 This section is a continuation of Section XV. List any additional debts, loans, or financial obligations that are the husband’s responsibility. This helps both parties to understand their financial responsibilities and to ensure a fair division of debts.

Attachment F (Wife’s liabilities)

 This section is a continuation of Section XVI. List any additional debts, loans, or financial obligations that are the wife’s responsibility. Like with Attachment E, you’re making sure both parties are aware of their financial responsibilities and enabling a fair division of debts.

Conclusion

In summary, the Arizona Marital Settlement Agreement serves as a crucial tool for divorcing couples to clearly outline the terms of their separation and to establish a solid foundation for moving forward with their lives. By carefully and accurately completing each section of the document, both parties can ensure that their rights and interests are protected, reducing the likelihood of misunderstandings or disagreements in the future. This guide has provided you with detailed information on how to fill in each section of the document, as well as the significance of the information required. By following these instructions, you can navigate the divorce process with confidence, knowing that the agreement accurately reflects the desires and intentions of both parties involved.