Can I Convert My Marriage to a Covenant Marriage in Arizona?
Converting Your Marriage to Covenant Marriage in Arizona
Some people have asked can I change my marriage to a covenant marriage in Arizona. People who are already married may change (or “convert”) their marriage into a covenant marriage. In this situation, it is not necessary to have premarital counseling or to apply for a marriage license and go through a marriage ceremony. To convert a marriage, the married couple must pay a fee (prescribed in Section 12-284(A) of the Arizona Revised Statutes) to the Clerk of the Superior Court and present two things:
- A written statement (“declaration”) like the one printed for unmarried persons seeking a covenant marriage;
- A sworn statement listing the names and social security numbers of both spouses and the date and place their marriage ceremony was performed;
Some courts have forms for married couples to complete this process. The Clerk of the Superior Court will file the documents and issue a certificate stating that the earlier marriage is converted to a covenant marriage. However, the process of converting a marriage will not legalize a marriage that was not properly entered into or that is prohibited by Arizona law.
The necessary forms for conversion to a covenant marriage may be submitted to the Clerk of the Superior Court in any county of the state and to some justices of the peace, city clerks or town clerks. You may call the Clerk of the Superior Court in your county for more information.
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Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about converting a marriage to a covenant marriage in Arizona to ensure everyone has access to information about marriage laws in Arizona. Chris is a family law attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a family law case should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and actually caring about what his clients are going through.