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Rule 78.1. Stipulated Order Terminating a Decree of Legal Separation

Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of Family Law ProcedureEffective: January 1, 2023

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
Rules of Family Law Procedure (Refs & Annos)
Part X. Judgments and Decrees (Refs & Annos)
Effective: January 1, 2023
17B A.R.S. Rules Fam.Law Proc., Rule 78.1
Rule 78.1. Stipulated Order Terminating a Decree of Legal Separation
(a) Generally. If a legal separation decree has not been converted into a decree of dissolution, then at any time after the decree's entry, the parties may stipulate that the court may enter an order terminating the legal separation decree.
(b) Case Number. The stipulation, order, and related documents must be filed under the same case number as the legal separation action.
(c) Stipulation. The parties' stipulation must meet the requirements of Rule 69, and each party must personally sign the stipulation. The stipulation must include the following terms:
(1) Both parties agree to terminate the legal separation, that they desire to restore their status to legally married, and that they do so intelligently, voluntarily, and without duress, coercion, or undue influence.
(2) The parties acknowledge that on entry of the stipulated order terminating the decree of legal separation, the marital community will be reformed as if the parties married on the date of the termination order, and the legal separation no longer exists.
(3) The parties acknowledge that any property or debt awarded to either party as separate property or debt under the legal separation decree remains separate. The parties also acknowledge that any property acquired or debts incurred from the entry of the legal separation decree through the termination date remains the separate property of the acquiring party and the separate debt of the incurring party.
(4) The parties acknowledge that any property payments due from one party to the other under the legal separation decree are waived unless otherwise specified in the termination order.
(5) The parties acknowledge that any parenting orders entered in the legal separation decree under Chapter 4 of Title 25 of the Arizona Revised Statutes no longer apply.
(6) The parties acknowledge that any provisions for child support or spousal maintenance entered in the legal separation decree no longer apply, except for any sum owed to the State under A.R.S. ยง 46-407. Also, unless otherwise agreed, each party waives any claim for amounts that remain due while the support provisions under the legal separation decree were in effect.
(7) The parties acknowledge that the termination order does not impact the rights of creditors that may have relied on the terms of the legal separation decree.
(d) Order. A proposed order must accompany the stipulation. The order must incorporate the terms of the parties' stipulation. The court must file the order after a judicial officer approves and signs it.


Added on an emergency basis Aug. 29, 2022, effective Sept. 24, 2022, permanently adopted Dec. 8, 2022, effective Jan. 1, 2023.
17B A. R. S. Rules Fam. Law Proc., Rule 78.1, AZ ST RFLP Rule 78.1
State Court Rules are current with amendments received and effective through May 15, 2023. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through May 15, 2023.
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