Divorce Rate in Arizona is the 12th Highest in the Nation

divorce rate in arizonaIn a USA Today article that covers marriage and divorce in each state, we can see that Arizona has the 12th highest divorce rate in the country with 3.5 per 1,000 residents. That puts Arizona above the national rate, which is 2.9 per 1,000 people according to the CDC.

Across the country, the divorce rates have been dropping, led in large part to Millennials getting married later and staying married. However, it would be a mistake to claim that divorces were not common. They are, and there are many reasons that people decide to separate. If you are going through a divorce, please seek advice and help from a qualified Arizona family law attorney. There is too much at stake during divorce proceedings for you to go through the process alone, especially if there are minor children involved.

Top Reasons People Get Divorced

We want to draw from an article in the Today Show which looks at the main reasons people are getting divorced.

  1. Infidelity – with the rise of technology, it has become easier for a person to stray into the realm of cheating. Infidelity is a major act of betrayal and often dooms relationships.
  2. Money issues – the stress of always having to worry about finances can become too much to bear for some couples, especially if two spouses differ on their idea of what accounts for appropriate spending.
  3. Addictions – addictions tear families apart and there are many different types. Often, spouses go to great lengths to help the other spouse through their issues before it becomes too much to handle.
  4. Extraordinary circumstances – major medical diagnosis, the death of a child, or other major life events can come between two people.
  5. General incompatibility – this is often the case when it comes to people who married soon after meeting one another. Once married, they may realize that they do not have much in common and the marriage is just not going to work.
  6. Irreconcilable differences – this seems to be the blanket term for issues that couples just cannot work through. There may be more than one problem in the marriage and “irreconcilable” is the best way to describe the total picture.

We realize that marriage and divorce are complicated, much more so than any list can convey. While the above reasons cover many issues couples face, it does not hit every possibility.

What You Are Facing

Divorcing couples face many issues. When a divorce is filed for, the best-case scenario is that both spouses will agree on all of the issues we are about to discuss. However, if there is any disagreement, the case is going to go to trial in the Arizona family court system.

First and foremost, if there are children under the age of 18, then some of the most important issues will revolve around them. Child custody must be decided before a divorce is finalized. This includes both physical custody (where the child will reside) as well as legal custody (who gets to make legal decisions for the child). For each type of custody, parents can have shared (joint) custody or sole custody and they do not have to be the same for each one. Child support and visitation schedules also need to be determined.

Along with those issues, the division of assets and possible spousal maintenance payments need to be settled before a divorce is finalized.

Starting To Rebuild

Divorce is complicated and you should always seek help from an experienced Arizona family law attorney. An attorney can ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the process by being your advocate in court.

Click here for information on how to make divorce easier on children in Arizona.