Going through a divorce can be emotionally, financially, and physically draining. Divorcing from a covenant marriage can sometimes be even more so.
Here at The Law Office of Ronald Kossack, we can help. Our divorce lawyer has many years of experience handling divorce in Arizona, including divorces for covenant marriages. Keep reading to learn more and be sure to contact our law firm today to get started with a divorce lawyer in Tempe. Your initial consultation is free!
What Is a Covenant Marriage?
Arizona, Arkansas, and Louisiana are the three states in the U.S. that offer “covenant marriages.” In a covenant marriage, the marrying spouses both agree to take pre-marital counseling and then accept more limited grounds for seeking divorce in the future.
The marrying couple attends the pre-marital counseling sessions and each person signs a statement declaring “that a covenant marriage is for life.” The goal of these marriages is to promote and strengthen marriages, decrease the divorce rate, lower the number of children born out of wedlock, discourage cohabitation, and position marriage as a desirable institution.
Grounds for Divorce in Covenant Marriages
It is possible to divorce if you are in a covenant marriage, but it is more difficult to do so. First, the spouse wanting the divorce must attend marital counseling. They must also prove one of the following circumstances:
- The other spouse committed adultery
- The other spouse committed a felony
- The other spouse has abused substances
- The other spouse has physically or sexually abused the spouse or a child
- The spouses have been living separately for a minimum of two years
A divorce lawyer can help you further understand the requirements to divorce in a covenant marriage. If both partners agree to a dissolution of marriage, then this may also be a possibility for divorce.
Work With a Divorce Lawyer in Tempe Today
Throughout Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Mesa, and Tempe, you can count on The Law Office of Ronald Kossack to help you throughout the divorce process. Our divorce lawyer firmly believes that every client’s case is unique and that you deserve a thorough analysis of your specific situation. With covenant marriages, this is certainly the case.
Check out some of our other blog posts for more information about divorce in Tempe:
- 5 Tips For Managing Finances During Your Divorce
- 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Divorce Lawyer
- 6 Steps To Filing For Divorce In Arizona