Ending a marriage is never easy, but before you start thinking that you’ve failed or that someone is to blame, you need to realise that ending a relationship isn’t always a bad thing. You deserve to be happy and so does your partner. That being said, when you do decide that your relationship needs to end, you must decide how to pursue that end.
Depending on the nature of your relationship, separation or divorce is generally the way to go. However, if your marriage can be considered illegal, then you may be able to have it completely voided as if it never happened in the first place.
In order to be eligible for an annulment, you must be able to prove that your marriage was and is illegal. There are very specific conditions that would need to be proven in order to have grounds for annulment. These conditions include proof of one of the following:
- Bigamy. At the time of the ceremony for the marriage in question, one or both parties were already married to others.
- Incest. The married couple in question is too closely related to be legally wed. Improper relations include parent/offspring, siblings, grandparent/grandchild, and in most cases, aunt/nephew, uncle/niece, and first cousins.
- Marriage was forced or not consensual. As a marriage is a contract, if that contract was not entered into willingly, it is invalid.
- Underage spouse. At the time of the ceremony, one of the parties in question was under the age of 18, did not have parental approval, and could not give legal consent.
- Confusion or inability to understand the legality of the contract. One or both of the parties was indisposed or unable to fully comprehend the meaning of the ceremony or the legality of the marriage contract at the time of the wedding.
If you’re able to prove that your marriage satisfies any of the above conditions, you may be eligible to have your marriage annulled. If so, you won’t have to deal with any of the repercussions that a divorce may entail, such as spousal support or asset division.
Standing on Sturdy Ground for Divorce, Separation, and Annulment
It doesn’t matter whether you’re separating, getting a divorce, or need an annulment…being able to rely on an experienced divorce lawyer will give you the sturdy ground you need to stand tall. Allow us to support you during this time of need and walk you through every aspect of your separation. From asset management to child custody disputes, we’re here to make sure your rights are upheld.
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