Annulment Laws

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What Is Annulment?

An annulment is a court proceeding that dissolves a marriage. In this way, annulment is like a divorce. But unlike divorce, annulments treat the dissolved marriage as though it had never occurred.

What Are the Advantages of Annulment over Divorce?

For some people, getting divorced carries a negative connotation. Since annulment makes it so that the marriage never happened, this may be preferable for people who wish to remarry in their church, or for other personal or religious reasons.

How Long Can I Be Married and Still Get an Annulment?

There is generally no set time limit after which you cannot get a marriage annulled, but the grounds for annulment become harder to prove over time. Additionally, annulments are best suited for short marriages (usually weeks or months) because those unions generally do not involve joint assets to divide or children. 

What about Assets and Children?

Although an annulment deems the original marriage void and non-existent, children of annulled couples are not considered illegitimate. Most states also have provisions that deal with assets, debts or property division among annulled spouses.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Get an Annulment?

The court process for obtaining an annulment can be very confusing and stressful, so it may be wise to consult with a family attorney. Working with an experienced family lawyer will help you understand your rights and help protect your interests.

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Last Modified: 05-01-2014 03:27 PM PDT

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