Arizona Divorce Guide

Grounds For Divorce

State law allows for two Just say no to cheatingtypes of marriages: Standard and Covenant.

Grounds for divorce for a Standard marriage is singular; whether the marriage is irretrievably broken or not (the no-fault selection).

Grounds for divorce in a Covenant marriage include:

  • The respondent spouse has committed adultery
  • The respondent spouse has committed a felony and has been sentenced to death or imprisonment in any federal, state, county, or municipal correctional facility
  • The respondent spouse has abandoned the matrimonial domicile for at least one year before the petitioner filed for dissolution of marriage and refuses to return
  • The respondent spouse has physically or sexually abused the spouse seeking the dissolution of marriage, a child, a relative of either spouse permanently living in the matrimonial domicile, or has committed domestic violence as defined in § 13-3601 or emotional abuse
  • The spouses have been living separate and apart continuously without reconciliation for at least two years before the petitioner filed for dissolution of marriage
  • The spouses have been living separate and apart continuously without reconciliation for at least one year from the date the decree of legal separation was entered
  • The respondent spouse has habitually abused drugs or alcohol
  • The husband and wife both agree to a dissolution of marriage

[Based on Arizona Revised Statutes; §25-903]

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