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Arizona Civil Legal Needs Community Survey

Civil legal organizations in Arizona are seeking your input to increase their ability to meet the civil legal needs of Arizona's lower income residents. Please complete this survey to assist in improving civil legal services in Arizona.

Encuesta de Necesidades Legales Civiles de Arizona

Las organizaciones legales civiles en Arizona buscan su opinión para aumentar su capacidad de satisfacer las necesidades legales civiles de los residentes de bajos ingresos de Arizona. Por favor complete esta encuesta para ayudar a mejorar los servicios legales civiles en Arizona.

Final Adoption Hearing

A final adoption hearing is held no earlier than 6 months after the adoption petition is filed, unless their are time-sensitive matters involving the best interest of the child (example: a fatal, chronic, or debilitating disease).


At an adoption hearing the following will be in attendance:

  • Petitioner(s)
  • The child being adopted
  • County or private attorney
  • Judge or Commissioner

Adoption hearings are closed to the public.  If requested the court may allow for friends and family to sit in during the hearing.  Attendees are not allowed to discuss anything that takes place at the hearing.

Things to know about the final adoption hearing

  • Petitioner(s) are required to testify at the hearing.  They will be questioned by either their attorney or the county attorney.
  • Unless the court grants permission, children aged 12 years old or older, are required to consent to the adoption and appear at the hearing.
  • With permission you may take photos during the adoption proceedings.


The ruling of the court is determined on a preponderance of the evidence.  The court may consider any and all reports and make its findings on the best interest of the child.


State Statute - A.R.S. § 8-106

State Statute - A.R.S. § 8-113

State Statute - A.R.S. § 8-115