Annulment

Annulment is the process by which a Court in Arizona declares that the parties were never legally married to begin with. Once granted, it places the parties in the same position as if they had never married in the first place.

Superior courts may dissolve a marriage, and may adjudge a marriage to be null and void when the cause alleged constitutes an impediment rendering the marriage void. The jurisdictional requirements and procedure for nullifying a marriage are the same as if it were a divorce matter.

In general, the legal reasons for nullifying a marriage are fraud, the inability to consummate the marriage, a party to the marriage is already married, a party has concealed a criminal past or has concealed the existence of a communicable disease, or some other grounds which the Court determines is a valid basis for voiding the marriage.

If the Court voids the marriage, there may still be a need to enter orders that concern child custody and parenting time, child support, the division of property and/or debt, or other matters.