What is a Petition for Dissolution of a Covenant Marriage Without Children?
This Petition must be filed with other documents required by the State of Arizona in order to initiate a Dissolution of a Covenant Marriage Without Minor Children (also known as a divorce). Get your free Access Legal account to see what other documents you need to file.
Qualifications for filing in Arizona family court: You and/or your spouse must have lived in Arizona for at least the past 90 days, and any minor child involved must have lived in Arizona for at least the past 6 months.
The person who files is called the Petitioner, and will always be referred to as such, even in future actions such as modification and enforcement. As a result, the other person is called the Respondent. As a Respondent in Maricopa County, you have 20 days to file a response the Petitioner or the Petitioner can apply for default judgement.
The Paperwork Prep
You should be prepared to fill out documentation with the following information:
- Job title
- Date of covenant marriage
- Information regarding your minor children
The Requirements for Dissolution
If you and your spouse entered into a covenant marriage, you received a specific marriage license. You would have undergone marriage counseling and made additionally vows regarding your marriage. Certain circumstances must exist in order to end a covenant marriage, or become divorced. Circumstances include:
- One or both parties committed adultery
- One or both parties abused drugs or alcohol, to such an extent that the marriage became intolerable
- One party assaulted the petitioner, any children, or other family members
- Abandonment for one year with refusal to return
- One party was sentenced to death or imprisoned for a major felony
- Couple was granted a separation and have been separated for one year
- Agreed to a divorce
For more information on requirements, read Arizona State Legislature 25-903 here.