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Yes. Marriage is a binding contract, and in Arizona an emancipated minor has the right to enter into a binding contract.
The Arizona Legislature passed laws, effective on August 12, 2005, allowing minors to be emancipated (A.R.S. §§ 12-2451 through 12-2456). Emancipation means that you are legally free from your parents or legal guardian. Once emancipated you have many of the same rights and obligations as an adult. Those rights and obligations include:
Arizona has another law that requires persons under eighteen years of age to have consent for marriage from the parent or guardian having custody of such person (A.R.S. § 25-102). This law does not apply to an emancipated minor because there is no one (parent or guardian) that has custody for the minor.
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