An annulment in Arizona is an official judgment that a marriage was void. Once granted, an annulment will essentially declare that the marriage was invalid, as if it had never occurred. However, in order to obtain an annulment in Arizona:
- A married couple must have lived in Arizona for at least ninety (90) days prior to filing the Annulment Petition with the Court.
- Certain statements must be made to the Court in order to prove that the marriage should be deemed invalid.
How to Start an Annulment in Arizona
Step 1 – Complete the Necessary Court Forms.
Specifically, these forms will usually include:
- The Family Court/Sensitive Data Sheet
- The Summons Form
- The Preliminary Injunction Form
- The Petition for Annulment of a Non-Covenant Marriage
- The Notice of Right to Convert Health Insurance Form
- The Notice regarding Creditors
Step 2 – Copy the Forms.
Make two (2) copies of the second through sixth forms listed above.
Step 3 – Compile the Originals to Prepare Them for Submission to the Court.
With the original set of forms, add the not copied Family Court/Sensitive Data Coversheet form to the top of the packet.
Step 4 – File the Original Packet With the Appropriate Court.
The appropriate court will depend on where you live and will be one of the following:
- Clerk of the Superior Court, Central Court Building, 201 W. Jefferson, 1st Floor, Phoenix, AZ
- Clerk of the Superior Court, Southeast Court Complex, 222 E. Javelina Ave., 1st Floor, Mesa, AZ
- Clerk of the Superior Court, Northeast Court Complex, 18380 N. 40th, Phoenix, AZ
- Clerk of the Superior Court, Northwest Court Complex, 14264 West Tierra Buena Lane, Surprise, AZ
Step 5 – Pay the Filing Fees.
For an overview of the various court filing fees, click here. Also, be sure to keep in mind that you should try to arrive at the court by at least 3 pm (i.e., two hours before closing) to ensure you have sufficient time to complete the filing process.
Step 6 – Prepare to Serve Your Partner With the Annulment Papers.
Once the annulment forms have been filed with the court, you will need to make sure that your partner is served with a copy of the filings. Check this out for some guidelines on how to serve another party with family court papers.
Scottsdale Family Lawyer at the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau
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