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Arizona Grounds for Divorce

The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is the initial document filed with the Arizona court. It is in this document that the filing spouse will request the court to terminate the marriage under certain specified grounds.

No-Fault Based Grounds:
The marriage is irretrievably broken.

Covenant Marriage Based Grounds:
Fo covenant marriages only (Arizona recognizes what is considred a "higher" form of marriage called a "Covenant Marriage") the possible grounds are as follows:

1. Adultery.

2. Commited a felony and imprisonment in any federal, state, county or municipal correctional facility.

3. Abandonment for 1 year.

4. Physical or sexual abuse.

5. The spouses have been living separate and apart continuously without reconciliation for at least two years before the petitioner filed for dissolution of marriage.

6. 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.

7. Drug or alcohol abuse.

8. Mutual consent. (Arizona Statutes - Title 25 - Chapters: 312, 901, 903)