In Arizona, as in the rest of the United States, the divorce rate is high.
There are reasons for getting divorced that the court system will recognize
as valid. There is also a no-fault divorce in which no one is at fault.
There is also a designation that sets Arizona apart from the rest of U.S.
A marriage called a "covenant marriage" means that it can only
be dissolved by divorce for certain reasons. It is not classified as no-fault
because, upon the marriage license that both parties signed, it holds
the title of a covenant marriage.
A covenant marriage can be dissolved on the basis of proven adultery by
one of the persons in the marriage. Being convicted of a felony that results
in the death penalty is another reason. If your spouse abandons you for
a year or more, or you have been legally separated for a year, you may
ask the court to grant a divorce.
If your spouse beats you, your children or a relative, that is also a divorcing
reason in a covenant marriage. Taking illegal drugs on a regular basis
can be a factor for the court to grant a
divorce. Finally -- and this one is interesting -- if you both agree that a divorce
is needed, the court will grant you your desire.
Because Arizona recognizes legal separations, it is important, if you have
a covenant marriage, to seek out professional guidance so that a fully
legal and recognized separation is in place. Without it, you may have
trouble getting a divorce.
Divorce cases are each unique and need special attention. Even in a no-fault
divorce, there are always situations that arise that can hold up your
divorce. Having an experienced person by your side at a time like this
can be invaluable.
Source: Divorcesupport.com, "Arizona uncontested divorce" Sep. 17, 2014