A majority of states have at least one “no-fault” ground for divorce. However, Arizona and a minority of states are considered no-fault jurisdictions. The only Arizona exception is divorce from covenant marriage, explained below.
What should you know about Arizona’s no-fault divorce law? The no-fault dissolution is a marital termination proceeding wherein divorce is granted without either spouse alleging and proving marital fault, or guilt. This means adultery, abandonment, domestic violence, incarceration, and other fault-based allegations are not required as legal grounds for no-fault divorce. Instead, one of the spouses must state under oath that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” with no reasonable prospect of reconciliation. Importantly, either spouse may obtain a divorce over the other’s objection or request for legal separation. Dissolving a marriage by mutual consent is not required for a no-fault divorce!
While a divorce decree marks the end of a marriage, it also marks the beginning of a new life. While the future is never certain, a fair and workable resolution of the issues in your divorce lays the groundwork for a successful transition to the next stage of your independence. Stewart Law Group will stand by you all the way – counseling you, negotiating with the other party’s attorney, representing you in court, and protecting your rights.
As noted above, some states require legal grounds, or reasons, for terminating a marriage. For example, a spouse might allege adultery as a legal ground for divorce. These are known as fault-based divorces because marital misconduct must be asserted and then proven with evidence before the judge will dissolve the bonds of marriage. Under Arizona law, similar legal grounds must be alleged to support a request for divorce from a covenant marriage.
Compared to a standard marriage, there are additional requirements people go through before entering into a covenant marriage, such as premarital counseling. There are also specific statutory grounds for divorce from covenant marriage. For further discussion about the grounds for divorce from covenant marriages and other dissolution details, take a look at our Arizona Divorce Details.
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