Divorces are not the only legal procedure to terminate a marriage.
Annulments offer a unique solution where a couple can nullify their marriage by deeming the marriage certificate invalid.
It gives a more straightforward solution out of an association on specific grounds.
Each state differs in family laws, and a lawyer can assist you through the legal nuances to handle the situation.
As civil annulment voids the marriage, the spouses become single again as if they were never married.
The grounds for annulment are usually –
- Misinformation or withheld information, where either of the spouses did not declare their sexual impotence, previous marriage, bigamy, children or sexual disease
- Spouse was forced into marriage, and it was not consensual.
- Any mental inabilities or existing addictions.
- Refusal to consummate or misunderstanding regarding having children.
Annulments can also be on religious grounds as it is typical in the Catholic Church.
A sacramental marriage must be annulled by the church, even after the court deems the marriage void.
Hence, a practicing Roman Catholic needs their wedding to be nullified by both the civil law court and the church.
Marriages are conveniently annulled if the duration is rather brief. However, the existing legislation allows ground for an annulment even if the marriage has been for years.
Legal expertise is favourable to address the legal binding in the proceedings.
Attorneys can also help couples consider other legal options such a legal separation or an uncontested divorce, where both spouses mutually agree to figure things out.
Annulments differ from divorces, as the civil court does not recognize the validity of marriage any longer and, thus, does not pertain to alimony or property interests.
If the marriage has produced children, it is treated as a unique circumstance where custody and visitation come into play.
Other legal issues include the division of assets, jointly owned by the couple. It may further require name changes on documents, ownerships, and other formalities.
Lawyers are also adept in preparing the correct paperwork required to apply for annulment in a court. The verdict can go against the petitioner if the paperwork is not concise.
Attorneys consult you, evaluate your situation, and suggest the best options suitable for you.