One of the many questions on our Mediation Personal Questionnaire is “Is your marriage a covenant marriage?” We are usually asked what this means. A covenant marriage differs both in the steps necessary to get married and the reasons why a divorce may be granted by the court. In a covenant marriage, divorce is only granted for specific reasons listed in state law. It also requires the couple to participate in premarital counseling. If you had a covenant marriage you would have a statement agreeing to the covenant marriage on your marriage license. In all the years we have been mediating divorce cases in Arizona, we have never seen a covenant marriage. You can learn more about covenant marriage at https://www.azcourthelp.org/topics/marriage/covenant-marriage and get a booket about covenant marriage at https://www.azcourthelp.org/finder/family/marriage/154-covenant-marriage-booklet. A divorce mediation of a covenant marriage would not be that different than a regular marriage since one of the reasons a court can grant a divorce for a covenant marriage is that the spouses agree to the divorce. This is always the case in mediating divorce.
Learn more about mediation at https://www.center-divorce-mediation.comCDM (395) 7/15/22