What impact will it have on my divorce given that Arizona is a community property state?

Arizona is one of several states that are considered community property states. That fact alone will have a big impact on how your property is divided following a divorce.

According to Arizona Revised Statutes § 25-211, “all property acquired by either husband or wife during the marriage is the community property of the husband and wife.” Yet, there are some exceptions. For example, if the property was a gift to one spouse or it was obtained as part of an inheritance, it is considered separate property. Also, for the most part, any property that was acquired before the marriage will be viewed as separate property in the eyes of the court.

The courts typically focus on distributing the property equitably, but it is important to understand that it is not necessarily the same as evenly. An experienced Phoenix divorce lawyer will be able to further explain how the court looks to divide property and debts.

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