To start the divorce process when no minor children are involved (non-covenant marriage only)
- You want to file a petition for divorce; AND
- You do not have a "covenant marriage"* (covenant marriage is an unusual situation; most people will not have a covenant marriage); AND
- You and your spouse have no minor children with each other; AND
- You or your spouse have lived in Arizona at least 90 days before you file the Petition, or one of you is a member of the armed forces and has been stationed in Arizona at least 90 days before you file; AND
- You believe that the marriage is irretrievably broken (you and your spouse cannot make this marriage work); AND
- You or your spouse have either tried to resolve your problem through Conciliation Court, or there is no point in trying to resolve your problems because the marriage is irretrievably broken.
*What is a "Covenant Marriage?" To have a "covenant marriage," both spouses would have had to:
- sign papers (essentially a contract) requesting a covenant marriage; AND
- attend pre-marital counseling; AND
- your marriage license would say "Covenant Marriage."
If you were married before August 21, 1998 and have not signed papers to convert your marriage to a "covenant marriage", you do not have a "covenant marriage". See A.R.S. § 25-904 for requirements for legal separation for a "covenant marriage". If you still have questions about whether you have a "covenant marriage," see a lawyer for help.
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To start the divorce process when no minor children are involved - Instructions and Forms - DRDA1
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