Do You Have a Good Enough Reason to File for Divorce in Arizona?

You remember your wedding day like it was yesterday. The flowers, music, food, guests and of course, your significant other. At that time in your life, it was impossible to imagine that things might not work out between you and your spouse. You had a lifetime ahead of you and shared many dreams. Yet, situations change and so do people. You may now be at the place where you realize that your marriage is over.

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 Exception

If 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:

  • Adultery
  • Abandonment
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Regular substance abuse
  • Imprisonment
  • 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 Life

You 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.

Contact us today at 602-258-1000 or toll free at 1-888-9AZLAWCOM (888-929-5292).

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