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Marriage Under Age 16: Premarital Counseling in AZ

Anybody who wants to get married under the age of 18 in Arizona must have consent from a parent or legal guardian, according to the Maricopa County Superior Court. If a person wishes to get married under the age of 16, he or she is also required to attend premarital counseling in order to get an Arizona marriage license.

What exactly is premarital underage counseling? As stated on the family court's website, both parties must attend premarital counseling if one of the individuals looking to get married is under 16. A counselor then makes a recommendation to the Court regarding whether the underage minors should be allowed to marry. The final decision on the marriage is made by the Family Court Presiding Judge.

An appointment with a premarital counselor can be made once all the appropriate paperwork is filled out, which is supplied by the court. Minors must provide a certified copy of their birth certificate and anybody over the age of 16 will need to bring in a picture ID. Parents or legal guardians must also attend the meeting with the premarital counselor.

Once a couple receives an Arizona marriage license, there's no necessary wait time, and couples can get married on the same day they receive the license. For further information about obtaining a marriage license, contact the Clerk of the Superior Court's Office in Maricopa County at (602) 506-3360. Phoenix family lawyers can also help teenage couples who are interested in marriage by filling out the necessary legal paperwork or making a prenuptial agreement.

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