Questions / Adoption
No, our Adoption files contain confidential information. The court will not routinely release identifying information. If you are looking for a reunion with a birth parent or a child given up for adoption, you may want to contact the Confidential Intermediary Program through the Supreme Court. The Confidential Intermediary will be given permission to review files and records in order to locate a party (but cannot release identifying information to their client). The phone number is (602) 542-9586.
Questions / Child Support
If you and your ex-spouse are not in agreement regarding the change, you can go to the Clerk's office to obtaining the forms for filing for a modification or download the forms from http://www.supreme.state.az.us/selfserv/default.htm
The Clerk of Superior Court is not allowed to give legal advice. You may want to contact Community Legal Services at (928) 753-1177 or the Child Support Enforcement Agency at (928) 753-3134.
You can put a request in writing to have a pay history sent to you. There is an $18 fee for a pay history.
You may call the Clerk's office at (928) 753-0713 x 4213.
You may call the Clerk's office at (928) 753-0713 x 4213.
We need to receive your change of address in writing or you may fax it to our office at (928) 753-0781.
You may call the clearinghouse at (877) 903-1900. This is a toll free call.
Questions / Copies
A "certified" copy, opposed to a plain copy, is stamped and sealed to attest that the copy is a true and correct copy of the original on file in the Clerk's Office.
It depends on who is requesting the copy and why they need to verify the information contained in the document. Remember, the fee for copying a document is $.50 per page with an additional $18.00 fee for certification; therefore, it is always a good idea to check with the person who is requesting the document before obtaining the copy.
No, only the Petitioner will need to sign the papers with the exception of the Acceptance of Service. The Respondent can sign the Acceptance of Service at any time after the divorce has been filed with the Court. If the Respondent refuses to sign the Acceptance of Service, you will need to hire a Process Server or the Sheriff's Office to serve the papers.
If the party wishes to file their own divorce, they can pick up a packet from the Clerk's Office, Office Supply Store, or fill them out on-line by clicking on the following link:
The party who is filing the divorce will need to fill out the forms contained in the packet. At this point the Party can sign the Domestic Relations Cover Sheet and the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage will need to be notarized. It can be notarized in the Clerk's Office at no charge.
The petitioning party will need to bring the original packet of forms plus two sets of complete copies of the forms. This does not include instructions.
The clerk at the counter will only file the documents necessary to start the divorce. They include: The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage; Domestics Relations Cover Sheet; Preliminary Injunction; and the Notice of Right to Convert Health Insurance. The Petitioner should also have a Summons and Preliminary Injunction (original plus two copies) for the clerk to issue.
Once the initial papers have been processed, the petitioning party will need to have the respondent served with one set of the copies. If the respondent is in agreement, he/she can sign the Acceptance of Service form contained in the packet either at the time that the divorce is filed or any time after the divorce proceedings have begun. If the responding party is not willing to sign the Acceptance of Service, the petitioner will need to make arrangements with a Process Server or the Sheriff's Office to have the papers served.
The respondent has 20 days to file a response to the divorce action (thirty days if out-of-state), exclusive of the date the person was served.
If the respondent does not file a written response contesting the divorce, the petitioner will need to file the Application and Affidavit for Entry of Default at the Clerk's office after 24 days (if in state) or 34 days (if out-of-state) of service upon the respondent.
You can serve the papers on your spouse by Registered Mail. Only your spouse can sign the Green Receipt Card as proof of service. You will then need to file that Green Receipt Card along with an Affidavit of Service by registered mail with the Clerk's office.
No, it is not. If the respondent does not agree with information contained in the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, he/she will need to prepare a written response and file it with the Clerk's Office. The respondent is required to provide a copy of the response to the Petitioner or to the Petitioner's attorney.
Yes, you can. You must fill out an Application for Deferral of Filing Fee. You can also obtain an order to defer the service fees for the Sheriff's Office to serve the documents for you.
We cannot answer your question on what the statutory grounds (qualifications) are for filing for an annulment in this state. You should obtain legal advice.
Questions/ Exhibits & Classified Materials
All exhibits and transcripts are public record and can be viewed by anyone coming to the Clerk's Office. Only materials determined by the court to be confidential or documents sealed by order of the court cannot be viewed unless a court order is obtained. The sealed materials would include sealed files, sealed documents, and sealed exhibits, special warrants and any grand jury materials. The confidential materials would include adult adoptions, protected addresses, and mental health files.
You will need a court order and valid identification (driver's license or other picture identification) to remove materials.
There are strict criteria that have to be met in order to return exhibits or dispose of them. There is not set time for a case; only specific criteria that must be met to determine when an individual case closed.
At the conclusion of a hearing, exhibits not offered into evidence or received in evidence by the court, can be returned to the respective parties. If the matter is taken under advisement, exhibits can be returned at the time of ruling.
No. Be aware that the presence of a court reporter taking down the proceedings in a hearing does not automatically mean that the court reporter is going to prepare a written transcript of the proceedings. Unless the court reporter is requested to print up the transcript and is paid to do so by rule or court order, only the notes of the hearing are kept by the court reporter. If the Clerk's office does not have a transcript on file, it would be necessary to contact the court reporter to arrange to have one printed.
Questions / Juvenile Matters
CPS has 48 hours to either return the children or file a dependency petition with the Court. The parent can make a request for a review of temporary custody hearing and can request an attorney be appointed to represent and assist them. The review of temporary custody hearing will be held within five days of the filing of the request (if a petition is filed).
Questions / Marriage Licenses
Does the State of Arizona require a blood test?
Is there a waiting period to get married?
How much is a certified copy of a marriage license?
How long is a marriage license valid before the ceremony?
The marriage ceremony must be performed within one year of the issuance of a license or the license expires.
How do I apply for a License?
Applications can be obtained at the Clerk's Office. Both the potential bride and groom must be present to apply for a marriage license. Don't forget to bring proof of identification with you to prove your age. Also, you can apply by mail, click here for more information on applying by mail.
How much does it cost for a License?
There is a $50.00 fee, payable at the time of application, payable in cash. Check and credit cards are not accepted at this time. The fee is non-refundable. There is an additional fee of $30 for obtaining marriage licenses on Saturday.
Can I get my marriage license through the mail?
Yes, click here to download instructions and forms for obtaining your marriage license by mail.
How old must I be to apply for a license?
Both applicants must be at least 18 years of age or older. Applicants who are 16 or 17 years of age must be accompanied by one parent or legal guardian who can provide consent. If parents are divorced, the parent giving consent must show they have sole custody or both parents will be required to sign for the license. If you are fifteen (15) years of age or younger, permission from a Superior Court Judge, in the form of a court order, is required before your application will be accepted. Please call (928) 753-0713 for further information about this process.
Do I have to be a resident of Arizona?
Applicants do not have to be residents of the State of Arizona to obtain a marriage license. However, the license is only valid for weddings that are performed within the state.
Do I have to show proof of my divorce before I can get a license?
Proof of divorce from a previous spouse or death of a spouse is not required to obtain a license for a new marriage. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the final decree of divorce is filed before the new wedding ceremony occurs.
Do I need to bring witnesses to apply for a license?
Witnesses are not necessary to apply for a license, but state law requires that at least two witnesses be present at the ceremony. Witnesses must be at least 18 years of age.
Are same sex marriages legal in the State of Arizona?
No, at this time same sex marriages are not recognized in the State of Arizona.
Question / Miscellaneous
You can obtain those records from the Department of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 3887, Phoenix, AZ, 85030-3887, (602) 255-3260 or visit http://www.hs.state.az.us/vitalrcd/index.htm to obtain documents outside of the State of Arizona please visit www.vitalcheck.com .
Some confusion exists regarding "the clerk." In many other counties, in other states, there is a "County Clerk." In Arizona counties, the Recorder's Office performs the same function. In addition there is a Clerk of Superior Court and a Clerk of the Board of Supervisors.
Contact the Human Resources Department at (928) 753-0736.
For County Health & Social Services Department (immunizations, housing, AIDS, tobacco prevention) call (928) 753-0743.
Contact the Assessor's Office at (928) 753-0703.
Contact the Treasurer's Office at (928) 753-0737
Contact your local Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles. A telephone number should be listed in the blue government pages of your telephone book under State Government.
Contact Voter Registration at the Recorder's Office at (928) 753-0767.
Questions / Name Change
There is a section on your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage that addresses this issue. Please refer back to your instructions that came with your packet. If you are the Respondent and you wish to have your maiden name restored, the packet contains a form entitled "Request to Restore Maiden Name" that you can fill out and have file with the Clerk's Office.
Once the divorce has become final and the issue of restoring your maiden name was not addressed, you will need to file for a name change with the court. You will need to contact an attorney, use the On-line Self Service Center or legal form store for filing a name change.
If you want to amend the birth certificate to reflect the father's last name and the parents were not married, you can file to establish paternity. If you want to legally change the name of a minor child, use the On-line Self Service Center or legal form store and file them with the court. You would need to be sure that you ask that the Birth Certificate be amended to reflect the new name.
Questions / Orders of Assignment
The Without Notice Order of Assignment to the first employer is binding 31 days after service to the employer or payor of funds. The Without Notice Order of Assignment is binding upon future employers or payors 14 days after the employer receives a copy of the Order of Assignment.
You must submit in writing the following information: Case number, Atlas #, name and address of the payor, social security number of the payor, name of the new employer, and the complete mailing address for the employer. This information should be mailed to the Clerk of Superior Court, P.O. Box 7000, Kingman AZ 86401.
A Motion to Stop or Modify the Order of Assignment must be filed with the Clerk of the Court.
Questions / Parent Education
No, in fact your classes will be scheduled separately. Attending separately encourages an open exchange among participants and instructors regarding parenting and your divorce experience and helps you take full advantage of this opportunity.
The Office of the Clerk of Superior Court can provide applications for you or they can be downloaded from the Department of State web site at: http://travel.state.gov
Questions / Paternity
You can file a Voluntary Paternity action with the Superior Court. Both parents have to be in agreement and Mom cannot have been married at the time she gave birth or during the 10 months proceeding the birth of her child. The forms are available at the Clerk's office. You can pick up the forms, fill them out and file them at the front counter. The Deputy Clerk at the counter will sign the Order Establishing Paternity at the time of filing.
We do not have any information regarding how to establish paternity when one of the parents is deceased. If you are unable to do this on your own you will need to contact an Attorney for assistance in establishing paternity.
If both parties are in agreement regarding the issues, they can draft their own Stipulation and Order Establishing Child Support, Custody, etc. or have an attorney prepare the forms for them. Both parties will need to sign the Stipulation and have their signatures notarized. An order for the Judge to sign adopting the provisions of the Stipulation will need to be prepared. The parties will need to file the original Stipulation at the Clerk's office. Two copies of the order and two stamped, self-addressed envelopes will need to be submitted to the Clerk's office. The Deputy Clerk will let them know when they can expect the Judge to review the Stipulation and sign the order.
Questions /Restitution Payments
You should consult an attorney, who will give you the necessary information and direction to file a civil suit, pursue the payers probation officer (if on probation), or suggest other avenues that are available. The Clerk's Office only records the filings, receives payments, sends checks to recipients, and maintains filings. These records are also available to the public and the Clerk is there to assist in viewing/copying public records.