If you’re considering filing for a marriage annulment, it’s time to become well-versed on the basics of the process.
You may have personal or religious reasons for seeking an annulment. However, you can’t obtain an annulment unless you have “grounds” or legally recognized reasons for one. Like divorces, state law governs annulments, and the rules vary from state to state. While there are similarities, you’ll need to verify the particular rules of your state to see if you qualify.
Here are the potential conditions under which you may be granted an annulment:
- Your spouse was married to someone else
- Your spouse was of unsound mind at the time you married
- Your marriage consent was disturbed by a case of fraud
- You or your spouse was underage
- The marriage was or was deemed incestuous, i.e. you were married to a family member
When you ask for an annulment, you’ll need to cite your ground(s). Additionally, you’ll need to supply clear evidence supporting your claims. Typically, couples can’t agree to annul their marriage. A judge will have to review the annulment complaint and supporting evidence. The court will order the annulment only if there’s enough evidence to prove your ground.
Annulments usually follow a short marriage. However, the time requirements for seeking an annulment will depend on your state’s laws and the facts of your case. For example, if you’re seeking an annulment on fraud grounds, your time limit will depend on when you discovered the fraud, not on your actual marriage date.
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Do you have questions about whether or not you can file for a marriage annulment? Would you like expert legal assistance in this area? If so, please feel free to contact Luce Law at (972) 346-5170 with your questions or concerns. We’re always happy to offer our help.