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Question: We have a covenant marriage there has been abuse on both sides I've wanted a divorce he refuses to give me one. I cannot find any forms to fill out can someone help me with a template or some kind of help please I can't live like this anymore I hate that he lies all the time I hate him I just want a divorce

Answer: I have never seen blank forms for dissolution of a covenant marriage on any of the Superior Court websites.  Unlike a normal no fault divorce, divorces in covenant marriages are granted only on limited grounds.  (See:  Arizona Revised Statutes Section 25-903).  Domestic violence is one of the accepted grounds for dissolution.  Paragraph 4 of 25-903 states: "The respondent spouse has physically or sexually abused the spouse seeking the dissolution of marriage, a child, a relative of either spouse permanently living in the matrimonial domicile or has committed domestic violence as defined in section 13-3601 or emotional abuse."   Abuse should be your ticket out of the marriage.  When a petition for dissolution (divorce) is filed, the person filing is called the petitioner and the person being served with divorce papers is the respondent.  For a modest fee, you can meet with an attorney and find out the information you need to draft the paperwork or get some examples of what the petition should say.  There are three programs in Arizona that you can use to get inexpensive legal advice and guidance.  One is the modest means program.  You will need to apply for the program and meet the financial qualifications.  Once you are qualified, Modest Means will send you a list of attorneys whose practice covers your area of concern.  You select a lawyer from the list and will be entitled to a one hour consultation for $75.  If you need additional help and if the lawyer agrees to take your case, the most you will be charged is  $75 per  hour.  The telephone number is (866) 637-5341.  Both Maricopa and Pima Counties have lawyer referral programs that offer a 30 minute consult with an attorney.  Maricopa County's Lawyer Referral Service offers its 30 minute consult with an experienced attorney for $40.  The telephone number is (602) 257-4434.  Pima County's Lawyer Referral Service offers a 30 minute attorney consult for $35.  The telephone number is (520) 623-4625.

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  • We have a covenant marriage there has been abuse on both sides I've wanted a divorce he refuses to give me one. I cannot find any forms to fill out can someone help me with a template or some kind of help please I can't live like this anymore I hate that he lies all the time I hate him I just want a divorce

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