Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure

Rule 1. Scope and Applicability of These Rules

(a) Scope. These rules govern procedures in family law cases and all matters arising under Title 25 of the Arizona Revised Statutes.

(b) Construction. Parties and courts should construe these rules, and courts should enforce them, in a manner that ensures a just, prompt, and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding.

(c) Civil Rules. The Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure apply only when these rules expressly incorporate them. If language in these rules is substantially the same as language in the civil rules, case law interpreting the language of the civil rules will apply to these rules.

(d) Applicability of Local Rules. If a local rule is inconsistent with these rules, these rules will apply.