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In other states which employ fault-based divorce, the filing party carries the burden of proving to the court that grounds for granting the divorce exist.
The grounds for divorce in a covenant marriage differ from those for no-fault unions. A divorce may be granted in a covenant marriage on grounds of one spouse’s adultery, abandonment, physical or sexual abuse, drug or alcohol abuse, conviction of a felony crime resulting in a prison sentence or death penalty, if the spouses have lived continuously apart for two years (or one year following a legal separation), or if the husband and wife agree to dissolve the marriage, according to Arizona Revised Statutes 25-903.
If either party requests it or on its own motion, the court may also choose to order both spouses to attend a conciliation conference intended to determine if the parties can work out their differences and remain married.
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