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I am researching AZ laws to try to find out if a divorce can be changed into an annulment
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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.

A divorce unfortunately cannot be changed into an annulment after the fact. You'd need grounds to have the divorce judgment vacated first, which cannot be done if you OR your husband told the judge that you wanted a divorce. Even if you could get the divorce re-opened (and then dismissed), the only grounds for annulment in Arizona is that the spouses are related. Ariz. Rev. Stat., Section 25-101. All other persons must seek a divorce.

There is a difference between a legal annulment and a religious one. One is governed by statutes, the other by faith. If you have a religious objection to divorce, you can talk to your local religious leader about how to get the marriage annulled.

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