Annulment of Marriage Lawyers
What is an Annulment of Marriage?
An annulment of marriage is a legal process that allows a married couple to legally terminate their marriage. In this sense, it is very similar to other processes such as divorce or legal separation. However, annulment of marriage is somewhat unique in the result: once an annulment is completed, the marriage is treated as though it had never occurred.
Annulment of marriage is generally reserved for certain conditions or factors in which it becomes necessary to annul or cancel the existence of a marriage and its history. One common reason for annulment is where there is a misrepresentation made by one party to another prior to the divorce (for instance, if one party claimed to be of a certain age, but in fact were older or younger).
What Are Some Legal Issues Addressed in an Annulment of Marriage?
Like a divorce or a separation, there may be various issues that are addressed during an annulment of marriage. These can include:
- Division of assets and property between the partners
- Issues regarding child custody and visitation
- Name changes and other formalities
However, many annulments happen within a short time after marriage, sometimes within a year or a few months. Thus, in some cases the couple may not actually have any issues with joint property because they have not been together for very long. Each case will be different from the next.
What Other Options Do I Have Besides Annulment?
As mentioned, a marriage can be terminated through divorce or through a legal dissolution of marriage. If the couple needs a temporary "break," they may wish to consider an option such as legal separation. Uncontested divorce may also be an option if both parties consent to the process and are willing to work with one another regarding the various legal issues involved.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with the Annulment of Marriage Process?
Annulment is not always an option in every case, and each state will have different laws under their family law system. You may need to hire a lawyer if you need assistance with annulment of marriage or other similar issues. An experienced lawyer in your area will be able to guide you through the process and inform you of which options might be most beneficial for your situation.
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Last Modified: 07-24-2013 10:36 AM PDT
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