In other states which employ fault-based divorce, the filing party carries the burden of proving to the court that grounds for granting the divorce exist.
The grounds for divorce in a covenant marriage differ from those for no-fault unions. A divorce may be granted in a covenant marriage on grounds of one spouse’s adultery, abandonment, physical or sexual abuse, drug or alcohol abuse, conviction of a felony crime resulting in a prison sentence or death penalty, if the spouses have lived continuously apart for two years (or one year following a legal separation), or if the husband and wife agree to dissolve the marriage, according to Arizona Revised Statutes 25-903.
If either party requests it or on its own motion, the court may also choose to order both spouses to attend a conciliation conference intended to determine if the parties can work out their differences and remain married.
While divorce may be common, when you go through it yourself, you still deserve dedicated, personal focus on your rights and unique situation. An experienced divorce lawyer can help you figure out the best way forward, explain the law, and represent you in court if it is ever necessary. Take the first step now and contact a local divorce attorney to discuss your divorce.