Arizona Marriage Laws for Minors

arizona marriage lawsMarriage is a special time in a bride or groom’s life where they make the commitment to one another in front of their friends and families. Most states require that a bride and groom be at least the age of 18 to procure a marriage license, Arizona is no different. There are caveats to this rule though. What does it take for a minor to get married in the state of Arizona?

General Marriage Requirements in Arizona

Under traditional circumstances, a marriage in the state of Arizona requires both applicants for the marriage license to be 18 years of age. They must also both be present when applying for the marriage license at the justice courts.

Both applicants are required to bring photo identification as proof of age and identity. Social security numbers, if applicable, must be provided at the time of filing for a marriage license. There are no blood tests required of the applicants, nor is there a waiting period to receive the license.

A sworn statement from both applicants will be taken stating that all of their personal information is correct. After paying the marriage license filing fee the applicants are issued the license. A marriage license is valid for up to 12 months after the application is completed.

Once the ceremony has been performed, the officiant of the ceremony has up to 30 days to return the license with the ceremony information to be put on the record.

Oddly enough, you do not have to be a resident of the state of Arizona to obtain a marriage license and marry in the state of Arizona.

Requirements of Minors for Marriage in Arizona

It is very possible to get married in the state of Arizona if you are under the age of 18. There are three very specific scenarios for the marriage of minors.

  1. If under the age of 18, but older than 17, in order to apply for a marriage license, you must have a notarized parental clerk’s form, or your parents must accompany you. Proper identification will have to be obtained from both the minor and their parents at the time of the application. If your parents are accompanying you, they must sign the form in front of the clerk.
  2. If between the ages of 16 and 17, a certified copy of your birth certificate and photo identification must be presented. The parental clerk’s form must be signed and notarized in front of the clerk by your parents at the time of the application. The only way around parental permission is if the minor has been emancipated.
  3. If you are age 15 or younger, you require a court order to get married in the state of Arizona. The judge will look at the situation surrounding the request for the marriage as well as possibly make the couple go through mandatory premarital counseling. The judge also looks to see that the minor is entering into the marriage voluntarily and not against their will. The judge has to believe that the marriage is in the best interest of the minor and their given circumstances.

Entering into a marriage at a young age is often scary. It is often important for the parents of minors to seek out a family law practice so that they can make sure that they are protecting their child against anything that could potentially go wrong regarding the request for marriage.

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