Annulment

Arizona courts permit a marriage to be annulled if certain requirements are met. An annulment is different than a divorce because an annulment has the legal effect of voiding the marriage. In other words, it is as if the marriage never occurred.

In Arizona, the parties cannot just agree to annul their marriage. The Court must independently make particular findings to allow an annulment. To establish grounds for an annulment, one of the parties must demonstrate to the court that an impediment to the marriage’s validity existed at the time of the marriage. This court-awarded annulment is something separate from one that a religious institution might also grant the parties.

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