Going through the divorce process can be confusing and emotionally overwhelming. However, sometimes couples have no choice but to end their marriages due to irreconcilable differences.
Every state has its own requirements for completing the divorce process. Here is a look at what the divorce process looks like in the state of Arizona.
What do the divorce laws say in Arizona?
According to Arizona law, either you or your spouse must have resided in Arizona for a minimum of 90 days prior to commencing with a divorce filing. In addition, the state — like most other states — permits no-fault divorces.
With a no-fault divorce, you do not need to prove that the divorce is your spouse's fault. Instead, you simply need to provide a reason for divorce that is honored by the state. In Arizona, a recognized reason is the fact that your marital union is irretrievably broken. This essentially means that you and the other party cannot get along and that it is impossible for you to repair your relationship.
What if your spouse disagrees with your view of your marriage?
If your spouse does not feel that your marriage is irretrievably broken, the court might order a conciliation conference to address the matter in a confidential manner. Then, a hearing will take place, during which the court will make a finding regarding whether your marriage is indeed broken due to the absence of any reasonable possibility of reconciliation.
What are additional grounds for divorce?
Other legitimate reasons to get divorced in Arizona include the following:
- Conviction of felony
- Abandonment for a year
- Living apart for a couple of years, or for one year following separation
- Sexual abuse
A divorce may also be possible if drug and/or alcohol abuse is a problem in the marriage. In addition, divorce is possible if both spouses simply agree to breakup their marriage.
Your rights during a divorce proceeding
If you have decided to go through the divorce process, it is within your rights to pursue the most personally favorable outcome possible when dealing with tricky matters such as property division, alimony, child custody and child support. You and your spouse may be able to achieve a mutually satisfactory settlement outside of court, thus avoiding further court intrusion. However, if this is not possible, you will have to rely on a judge to make the final decisions for you regarding your divorce matters.