Special Divorce Considerations in Arizona

divorceAt the Scottsdale family law firm of Hope E. Fruchtman, one of our main practice areas is divorce. It used to be that in order to get a divorce, the couple had to cite a reason for the divorce (e.g. adultery, abuse, the physical inability to engage in sexual intercourse, etc.) and one spouse had to take the legal blame for the breakdown of the marriage. But today, every state offers the option of a no-fault divorce in which the spouses have “irreconcilable differences” or have suffered an “irremediable breakdown” of the marital relationship.

In Arizona there exists a “covenant marriage” in which the couple agree to obtain pre-marital counseling and accept more limited grounds for divorce. The covenant marriage movement was designed to promote and strengthen marriages, discourage cohabitation, lessen the number of children born out of wedlock, and reduce the rate of divorce. If you entered into a covenant marriage that has broken down, you must request a divorce on fault grounds. Just as before marriage, you are required to go through marriage counseling before filing for divorce. The waiting period before your divorce is final may also be longer than a noncovenant marriage.

Fault divorces are also more likely to require a lawyer’s help, due to the way it affects property division, support, and especially if your spouse disagrees about getting a divorce. To speak with an experienced Arizona divorce lawyer at the Law Offices of Hope E. Fruchtman, click here or call us today at (480) 209-1918.