Domestic Violence: For my protection, I did not respond to his divorce filing. What can I do to be divorced now?

Domestic Violence: For my protection, I did not respond to his divorce filing. What can I do to be divorced now?

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The Question:

My ex filed for divorce, but I did not respond, hoping he would proceed by default.  He never did.  What can I do to be divorced?  There was significant domestic violence, and I was able to obtain a restraining order against him, fearing for my life.  I want to be divorced but I don’t want him to know my whereabouts.

RJ Says: 

Arizona law does permit you to respond to the divorce while also seeking that your address be protected.  Or, if his matter has already been dismissed for his “lack of prosecution”, you could start the process over by filing your own petition, again while seeking that your address be protected.  Your address would be automatically protected upon filing a request for a protected address (until further order of the court).

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