When a marriage is over, the parties in the marriage will generally have a few different options for dissolving their union. While divorce or a legal separation can be viable options for some couples, in certain cases, annulments may be preferable, as they will render the marriage invalid. In other words, an annulment can make it as though the marriage never officially occurred in the first place.
Below, we’ll point out some of the specific grounds for annulments in Arizona.
Annulments in Arizona Can Be Granted When…
- At least one party in the marriage did not have the physical and/or mental capacity to enter into the marriage.
- At least one party was intoxicated or impaired when getting married.
- Fraud was a factor in the marriage. Fraud can include lying about one’s identify, significantly misrepresenting one’s financial situation, etc.
- Coercion was used to force one party into the marriage.
- Bigamy is involved (i.e., one partner was still legally married when entering into a subsequent marriage).
- Married people are biologically related.
- At least one party in the marriage was a minor at the time of marrying and didn’t have the proper consent to get married (i.e., the consent of a legal guardian).
Annulments in Arizona: More Important Info
When it comes to pursuing an annulment in Arizona, you may also need to be aware that:
- There are residency requirements for Arizona annulments – In fact, just as with divorce in Arizona, annulments have residency requirements, which include that at least one party in the marriage has lived in the state for a minimum of 90 days before filing for an annulment.
- There is a very specific process for pursuing an annulment in Arizona. You can learn more about the specific steps in this process here.
- Paternity and/or custody issues may come into play – Specifically, paternity and custody may be central to an annulment in Arizona if the couple had children during the course of the marriage for which the annulment is being sought.
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