Reasons for divorce in Arizona
Nowadays, divorce has become a typical process. You hear about it all around you, on TV, even when talking with friends or even family. Or maybe you are in the middle of a divorce process. This fact should not surprise us considering that in 2019, the divorce rate in America was over 46%, Arizona being one of the states with the highest divorce rate.
What are the main reasons for divorce in Arizona?
If some reasons might surprise you, others are straightforward to understand.
Unlike other states, Arizona does not require spouses to provide evidence that their marriage is over. Instead, the only question asked in court is whether they are convinced that the marriage is “irretrievably broken”. Even so, we can make a list of the main reasons for divorce in Arizona.
The first place is occupied by infidelity. One of the main factors is the very young age at which some couples get married. The lack of maturity and responsibility that young people have at the age of 20 makes their marriage fall apart. On the other hand, it has been found that people who choose to get married after 30 are less likely to divorce.
It is followed by financial problems, sexual problems, mismatch of habits, abuse of illegal substances, misunderstandings related to raising the child, and lack of time given to the partner. Another reason people divorce in Arizona is because of unrealistic expectations.
In addition, a severe reason for divorce is domestic abuse. More than 20% of divorces in Arizona are based on domestic violence.
Covenant Marriages and Reasons for Divorce
A covenant marriage is a legal type of marriage in Arizona, Arkansas, and Louisiana, in which spouses agree to obtain pre-marital counseling and accept more limited grounds for later divorce.
The reason or reasons why the two spouses want to divorce must be proven in court. Some of the accepted reasons are:
- The commitment of a serious crime (a felony) by the partner against whom the divorce proceedings are initiated
- Drug, alcohol, and substance abuse
- Assault, domestic abuse, and violence against a spouse, children, or other family members
- Having been living separately and continuously without reconciliation for at least one year
- Both parties agree to the dissolution of the marriage.
Although the reasons for divorce are similar to traditional marriage, the only difference is the earnest attempt of the spouses to remarry before choosing the path of divorce.
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Ryan Reppucci is the managing partner at Reppucci & Roeder and is recognized as one of Phoenix’s leading family law attorneys. After graduating from Arizona State with the highest honors and inclusion in America’s most prestigious student honor societies, Ryan attended the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. His career as a law student was decorated with numerous awards, including the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Book Award, nomination for membership in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, as well as Moot Court.
Ryan began his law career in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in various roles with America’s busiest criminal court systems. His success in these roles led to a clerkship with a leading criminal defense firm. Recognizing that his passion was in helping families, Ryan chose to move back to his native hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, where he began his practice in Family and Domestic Relations Law. Throughout his career, Ryan has stayed committed to excellence, service to others, and integrity within the legal profession. As part of his mantra of service to others, Ryan has served as Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court and regularly teaches as an adjunct law professor with Arizona Summit Law School.