At the bare minimum, a divorce will take sixty (60) days in the state of Arizona. The state colloquially refers to the 60 day timeframe as a “cooling off” period and mandates that the Courts wait to process a divorce for at least 60 days. The Courts rationale is based on their policy which promotes marriage between couples; The State hopes that by creating hurdles for divorcing couples to “jump” over, the Couple will be discouraged from pursuing a divorce.
Clearly, the state’s rationale is outdated; by the time a couple files for divorce, the marriage is over, and (usually) has been for a long time. While this law probably made sense when it was enacted, all the law currently does is drag out an already stressful process.
In reality, contested divorces take far longer than sixty days. It’s rare that a divorce happens in just 60 days. In order for a divorce to take just 60 days, the divorcing couple must agree on everything and submit their paperwork promptly and correctly. Unfortunately, this is relatively rare. More commonly, divorce cases takes six months to one year (or longer). In reality, contested divorces (i.e. a “contested” divorce is one where the parties don’t agree on everything) will drag out for a long while.
In particular, when there is a custody battle (i.e. you and your soon to be ex-spouse disagree on custody arrangements, parenting time, and child support) your case will have two or more evidentiary hearings and the case will almost certainly take more than one year.