Marriage in Arizona

When you are getting ready to make a lifelong commitment to someone and you are just beginning to make wedding plans, it can be a rather thrilling time.  There are lots of decisions to make, many thoughts on your mind about how you want your special day to be.  However, it is important to remember the basics.  Here is some key information you will need to know when planning your wedding.

Marriage License Requirements

You are going to need a marriage license for your big day, of course.  Luckily, these are simple to get in Arizona as there is no waiting period.  All you need is some form of picture identification—such as a driver’s license or state identification card—and your social security number.  Some counties ask to see your birth certificate, too.  It isn’t necessary to show a copy of your divorce decree if you have been previously married.  A fee of about $50 will need to be paid, though that can vary from county to county.

It is not necessary for you to be a resident of Arizona in order to get married in this state, and there are no blood tests or other types of tests.

Interesting Marriage Types in Arizona

While most people opt for regular weddings, there are two rather unusual types of weddings that are acceptable in this state.  Neither of these is chosen very often by marrying couples; however, both are quite attention-grabbing.

Cousin Marriages

In Arizona, first cousins can marry—if they are both age 65 or older.  Or, first cousins younger than age 65 can marry, if they can prove to a superior court judge that one or both of them is unable to reproduce.  Marriages between cousins are typically frowned upon because of the dangers in reproducing; therefore, Arizona will only allow these marriages if there is no chance of that happening.

Covenant Marriages

Only three states in the United States allow for covenant marriages (Arizona, Arkansas, and Louisiana).  These marriages differ from traditional marriages in that they take the vows of marriage as much more sacred.  Couples must attend premarital counseling so as to discuss the seriousness of the marital commitment and they must sign a declaration of their intention to enter a covenant marriage.  Covenant marriages are marriages that are meant to be for life.  They can be legally terminated through divorce or dissolution; however, it is much more difficult to do so. 

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