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Divorce in Arizona Can Mean a Unique Situation

Divorce in Arizona Can Mean a Unique Situation

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:, "Arizona uncontested divorce" Sep. 17, 2014


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