One of the big questions people have when considering divorce is – do I have grounds for divorce? Is the reason I have for wanting to end my marriage strong enough, according to Arizona law?
“Irretrievably Broken”In the state of Arizona, you do have to prove blame or responsibility to qualify for a divorce. The only thing you need to show is that your marriage is irretrievably broken, which means there is realistically no chance that you and your spouse want to continue on with your marriage. It could be that you have grown apart or cannot stop arguing, if you know your marriage is not fixable, you can move forward with a divorce.
There is an ExceptionIf you have a covenant marriage, however, ending the marriage is a bit more complicated. A covenant marriage is defined as “an optional type of marriage created by the state legislature that requires partners to complete marital counseling prior to marrying and to sign a special declaration to obtain a marriage license.” (Source: Things You Should Know About Divorce in Arizona, presented by the Arizona Supreme Court). There are many reasons for ending a covenant marriage, including the following:
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Regular substance abuse
- Both spouses agree the marriage should end
For a more detailed list, view section 25-903 of the Arizona Revised Statutes.
Focus on Re-Building Your LifeYou do not need to face a divorce alone. An experienced Phoenix divorce attorney from the law firm of Curry, Pearson & Wooten can guide you through the process, so that you can focus on re-building your life.
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