Arizona Divorce Guide


In granting a marriage annulment, the stupidcourt declares that the marriage never took place. The major difference between divorce and annulment is that divorce is the termination of marriage whereas annulment is a legal decree declaring a marriage void. A judgment of annulment cancels the marriage, almost as though it never occurred. Many people incorrectly believe that annulment is available only when the marriage is of very short duration or if the parties have not yet consummated the marriage. An annulment is the ending-up of an already void marriage.

The grounds for annulment in Arizona are:

  • Fraud or Misrepresentation – If a partner has been involved in any fraud or attempt to misrepresent him/herself, Arizona accepts that as a ground for annulment
  • Addiction – An addiction to drugs or alcohol can be grounds for a marital annulment
  • Concealment of Disease – If either is afflicted with a sexually transmitted disease, that can trigger an annulment, and
  • Impotency – Or an inability to consummate the marriage- is grounds for a marriage annulment
  • Void or prohibited marriages

Marriages between parents and children, or grandparents and grandchildren, between sisters and brothers, between uncles and nieces, aunts and nephews and between first cousins, is prohibited and void by state statute. Marriage between persons of the same sex is void and prohibited. First cousins may marry as long as they are at least 65 years of age.

[Based on Arizona Revised Statutes; §25-101]

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