The State of Arizona considers some marriages valid and others invalid. An invalid marriage is one the state will not or may not recognize as a legal union.
A valid marriage typically meets the following criteria:
Whereas, an invalid marriage, also known as a void or voidable marriage in Arizona, will generally fall into one of the following categories:
To prove a marriage is invalid, one partner must submit evidence proving an above situation. If the marriage is deemed valid by the court, either partner may file for a divorce.
In Arizona, there are void marriages and voidable marriages. Void marriages are marriages invalid at conception. These are marriages such as:
Arizona courts do not recognize void marriages.
Voidable marriages are those including, but not limited to those conceived in:
Arizona courts recognize voidable marriages and will make property and child custody and support rulings regarding the parties. The court does not make alimony rulings as the marriage was voidable.
If a partner chooses to file for an annulment in Arizona, they must have the following:
Arizona also requires residency for at least ninety consecutive days to file for an annulment in the state. If a partner meets these conditions, they may file a petition for annulment and serve that petition for annulment and summons on the other partner, advising them of the legal action and hearing date.
Before filing any annulment documents, it is wise to speak with an experienced family law attorney. Obtaining an annulment in Arizona is possible, but you may need help clarifying your reasons for an annulment and assistance collecting the relevant documents and evidence to make your annulment a reality.
Talk to Wilson-Goodman, PLLC, today to find out more about annulments. And void and voidable marriages in Arizona. Our Chandler divorce attorneys can tell you if you have a voidable marriage or need to seek a divorce instead.
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