How Is an Annulment Different from Divorce?

Divorce is not the only way to end a marriage. Under specific circumstances, the couple can be granted an annulment of the marriage. What constitutes an annulment, and how do you find out if you can qualify for one? Read on to learn more.


What Is an Annulment?


An annulment is a cancellation of a legal marriage. Once an annulment is complete, it’s as if the marriage contract never happened. It means the marriage was never valid and can be reversed so that each person can return to single status.


How Do You Qualify for an Annulment?


You will be granted an annulment under specific circumstances. It is wise to seek help from a lawyer to complete the process in the most efficient way. Here are some examples of what would qualify as grounds for an annulment:


· Fraud: If you enter into marriage under false pretenses, whether the person lied to you about who they are, their finances, criminal history, or age, you can qualify for an annulment.

· Married to Someone Else: You can seek an annulment if you find out the person is previously married without ending the marriage.

· Forced into Marriage: Perhaps one party is threatened or blackmailed into entering the marriage contract. In that case, they can file for an annulment.

· Too Closely Related: Marriages that are incestuous qualify for an annulment.

· Mentally Not Able to Make Sound Decisions: If the person is deemed mentally incapacitated to make life decisions, they can right the wrong by seeking an annulment.

· Underage Marriages: If one party is under the legal age to be married, they can reverse the act by filing for an annulment.

· Marriage Is Not Consummated: If someone in the couple cannot consummate the wedding, or participate in sexual relations after marriage, then you can seek an annulment.

If you have grounds for an annulment, the process is much more straightforward than a divorce. First, speak with a qualified attorney to discuss your options following a marriage that needs to be canceled.


Our team at Miles & Hatcher, LLP, can help with your civil marriage troubles. You do not have to worry when you have a trusted team on your side. Contact us today to get started: (909) 481-4080.

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