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Grounds for Divorce in Arizona
Each state has unique grounds in which a dissolution of marriage may be granted by the court. When choosing the grounds for your dissolution of marriage, you should always remember that you must have sufficient proof to the court that your marital situation warrants a dissolution of marriage by the grounds you are requesting.

Grounds for Filing: The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage must declare the appropriate Arizona grounds upon which the dissolution of marriage is being sought. The appropriate lawful ground will be that which the parties agree upon and can substantiate, or that which the filing spouse desires to prove to the court. The dissolution of marriage grounds are as follows:

Fault and No-Fault:
1. The marriage is irretrievably broken (the No-Fault ground) or, if the marriage is a covenant marriage (Arizona recognizes what is considered a "higher" form of marriage called a "Covenant Marriage") the possible grounds for a Covenant Marriage are as follows:

2. Adultery.

3. Imprisonment.

4. Abandonment.

5. Sexual or Physical Abuse.

6. The spouses have been living separate and apart continuously without reconciliation for at least two years before.

7. 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.

8. Drug or Alcohol Abuse.

9. The husband and wife both agree to a dissolution of marriage.

(Arizona Statutes - Title 25 - Chapters: 312, 901, 903)

Copyright Notice: The above synopsis of Arizona grounds for divorce is original material which is owned an copyrighted by Divorce Source, Inc. This material has been adapted from applicable state laws and unauthorized reproduction is prohibited. Violation of this notice will result in immediate legal action.

If you do not fall under any of the above mentioned grounds for divorce/dissolution, you most likely should consider trying to save your marriage. Many spouses find that they do not meet the requirements of a waiting period, which can be very frustrating, but it is these waiting periods that are in place in order to help prevent rash decisions to terminate a marriage. You can also learn more about the grounds for divorce in other states.

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