Family relationships can be complicated, and, even in the best of circumstances, friction can occur even between people who love one another. Unfortunately, sometimes arguments escalate to the point where one party accuses the other of domestic violence. Some people in Arizona may think that domestic violence can only occur between married spouses. Actually, there are numerous relationships that someone could have with another person that would fall under Arizona's domestic violence laws.
First of all, domestic violence isn't limited to married couples. It could also apply to divorced couples. Those who reside together in the same home also fall under the state's domestic violence laws. If two people have a child together or if one is pregnant by the other, then their relationship is also included in Arizona's domestic violence laws.
If the reported victim is related to the reported perpetrator as a sibling, child, grandchild, parent, grandparent or in-law, then they will fall under Arizona's domestic violence laws. If the reported victim is a child who lives or has lived in the same home as the reported perpetrator and is the biological child of the perpetrator's ex or someone who lives or has lived with the reported perpetrator, then they may also be covered by the state's domestic violence laws.
Boyfriends and girlfriends also fall under the state's domestic violence laws if their relationship is or was either sexual or romantic. To determine whether this is the case, several factors will be considered. For example, the nature of the parties' relationship and how long it has lasted are two factors. Another consideration is how often the parties interacted. Finally, if the parties are no longer together, how long it has been since they ended their relationship will also be considered.
As this shows, Arizona's domestic violence laws cover a lot more than just husbands and wives. Many types of relationships can be covered by the state's domestic violence laws. If a person in Arizona is being accused of domestic violence by someone other than a spouse, it may help for them to seek the advice of an attorney to ensure that the charges are proper and that their rights are not being infringed upon.