What is a Petition for Dissolution of a Covenant Marriage With Children?

 

CovenantMarriagePetitionforDissolutionWithMinorChildren

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Filed with the other documents required by the State of Arizona, this Petition will initiate a Dissolution of a Covenant Marriage With Minor Children, better known as divorce proceedings.

What You Need to Know

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.

Prepare Yourself for the Paperwork

You should have the following information on hand in order to file the Petition:

  • Address
  • Job Title
  • Date of covenant marriage
  • Information regarding your minor children

Do You Qualify for a Dissolution of Covenant Marriage?

If you entered into a covenant marriage, you received a specific marriage license after undergoing marriage counseling and making certain additional promises regarding your marriage. Specific grounds must be alleged in order to “dissolve” a covenant marriage, or become divorced. Grounds include that one or both spouse(s):

  • Committed adultery
  • Abused drugs or alcohol, to such an extent that the marriage became intolerable
  • Assaulted the petitioner, any children, or other family members
  • Abandoned the other spouse for  one year and refused to return
  • One party was sentenced to death or imprisoned for a major felony
  • Couple was granted a legal separation and have been separated for one year
  • Agreed to a divorce

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