I got a very interesting email from a client today that’s a bit different from the subjects I deal with on a regular basis, so I thought I would write an article about it for you. If this client had this question in mind, chances are that there are many of you who are wondering the same thing.
Her question was about her marriage and she wanted to know whether or not she could have it annulled. She was at her wit’s end and had heard that getting a marriage annulled would be an easy way to get out of the whole thing and move on. The thing about annulment is that while it is possible to get an annulment, it’s going to depend on very specific criteria.
When she asked me, “When can marriage be annulled,” I shared the same information with her that I’m about to go over with you in today’s article. It’s not a fun topic, but it’s always beneficial to get all the information you can so that you can make the most informed decisions. This way, you can set yourself up for success and a happy future!
Can marriage be annulled: The truth
I know that a lot of people watch the media and see all of these celebrities getting their marriages annulled. So it looks like it’s super easy and can happen at the snap of your fingers. The truth is that while it IS possible to have a marriage annulled, it’s not the appropriate solution for the majority of cases.
What’s more, it can be just as expensive and time-consuming as getting a divorce from your spouse. It’s not quite how we see it in the media where a celebrity waltzes into their attorney’s office and then right back out again with their marriage freshly annulled.
My client was also under the same impression when she emailed me this morning. She said that she no longer wanted to be with her husband because, after less than a month of being married to him, it came to light that he had been cheating on her with another woman.
Understandably so, she wanted to pretend that the marriage had never even existed and just move on with her life.
There is a common misconception about annulments. Many people think that if you’ve been married for a very short period of time, that the marriage can be annulled.
Now, the laws regarding when a marriage can be annulled will vary from state to state, so the best thing to do would be to reach out to your county clerk or speak to an attorney regarding your state’s annulment laws.
When can a marriage be annulled: The guidelines
There are some cases in which a marriage can almost automatically be annulled, and that is when there is a legal issue involved. For example, a marriage can be annulled when one party is underage and did not receive consent from their parents or guardians.
Another case for annulment is when the marriage is incestuous. There can also be grounds for annulment when a person was forced into marriage (i.e arranged marriages).
In other cases, a marriage might be annulled if one or both parties were extremely intoxicated and therefore incapacitated when they got married, if there is a serious mental health issue that lead to the decision to marry, and if there was some type of fraud that resulted in a person getting married without fully realizing it.
A marriage can also be annulled when a person was still legally married to someone else when they married their new partner. Sometimes this happens when they don’t realize that the previous divorce hadn’t been finalized. There have even been some extreme cases in which a person hasn’t seen their spouse in years and they were presumed dead, only to find out that this person was very much alive.
So if you’ve found yourself in a marriage that isn’t’ working and you want to get out of it, I want to stress that the grounds for annulment are very strict. If you do meet the criteria, the process isn’t too complicated. It just involves paperwork, much like the process of divorce.
Again, if you are wondering about “When can a marriage be annulled,” the laws are different in all 50 states so be sure to check your state to find out the specific regulations.
Annulling a marriage is possible but only in very few cases
Though the prospect of annulling a marriage can be tempting when you just want out, it isn’t always the right solution. If you or your partner had some form of a physical or mental incapacity at the time of the marriage, if there was an issue with someone being underage, or if one of you is still married to another person, then you are most likely eligible.
The other issues I went over in this article may be grounds for an annulment but you’ll need to discuss the details of your situation with an attorney.
If you would like help in exploring solutions to your marital problems, I encourage you to reach out to me or a member of my team for one on one guidance. By asking you targeted questions, we can provide you will tailor-made advice to help you transform your relationship in a dignified and meaningful way. Join the Happily Committed Project by clicking here.
I sincerely wish you all the very best in life and love,
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