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Arizona Grounds for Divorce

Arizona divorce courts accept no fault grounds when filing for divorce. The divorce will be granted on the ground that the marriage is irretrievably broken; however, this doesn't apply if the couple was married under the covenant marriage law.

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Covenant marriage is an additional marriage option for couples who wish to marry, but the marriage has different requirements to get married and different grounds for granting a legal separation or divorce in Arizona divorce court.

Legal separation or divorce in a covenant marriage may be granted by the Arizona divorce court for the following reasons:

  • Adultery
  • Committed a felony and imprisonment in any federal, state, county or municipal correctional facility
  • Abandonment for one year
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Habitual drug or alcohol abuse
  • Spouses have been living separate continuously without reconciliation for two years before the petitioner filed for divorce
  • Spouses have been living separate continuously without reconciliation for at least one year from the date the decree of legal separation was entered
  • Mutual consent to dissolution of the marriage

There are also specific limitations for a couple to be granted a legal separation under covenant marriage law. A local Arizona divorce attorney will be able to further explain under what grounds can be used when filing divorce, as well as other state requirements, such as Arizona residency requirement and Arizona divorce waiting periods.

State divorce laws may differ, depending on the circumstances of your case. Connect today with an Arizona divorce attorney near you by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out an Arizona divorce case review form. Get a case review and divorce advice from a local attorney about filing for divorce.

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The above synopsis of Arizona divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Arizona divorce attorney in your area.

Arizona divorce laws were last updated May 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.