What is an Arizona Covenant Marriage?
In an Arizona covenant marriage, couples form more stringent agreements about their marriage being a commitment for life. A family law attorney in Tucson, Arizona can help you understand your obligations under a covenant marriage and if you decide to end the marriage, work with you to obtain a divorce.
Arizona Revised Statutes on Covenant Marriage require couples to go through premarital counseling and sign a special declaration when applying for a marriage license. The declaration basically states that you agree to live together as man and wife for the rest of your life, you have received premarital counseling and, if you experience marital problems, you commit to taking all reasonable efforts to preserve the marriage, including marriage counseling. Grounds for a covenant divorce are fault-based grounds, meaning the spouse requesting divorce must prove the grounds. Grounds include:
- Commission of a serious crime (felony) and sentencing to death or imprisonment
- Abandonment for at least one year
- Physical or sexual abuse of the spouse, a child or relative who lives permanently in the married couple's home
- Domestic violence or emotional abuse
- Living separate and apart for at least two continuous years before filing for divorce
- Being granted a legal separation and living separate and apart continuously for at least one year from the date of the legal separation
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Both spouses agree to a divorce
An Arizona family law attorney can help you prove grounds in a covenant divorce and guide you through the legal process.
Steven C. Weinstein has more than 30 years of legal experience which includes extensive experience handling family law cases.