If you’re filing for annulment because you married when you were under the age of 18, you have to file for annulment within four years after you turn 18.
If you are filing for annulment on grounds of bigamy, you or your spouse can file at any time while the spouse from the first marriage is still alive.
Do I qualify for an annulment of marriage?
While a divorce terminates a legal marriage, an annulment means that the marriage never existed legally. To qualify for an annulment, a marriage must be legally void or voidable. To be eligible for an annulment you must be able to prove one of the specific grounds to establish that your marriage is void or voidable.
What are the grounds for an annulment?
Although the grounds for seeking an annulment differ, as can factors that may disqualify a person for an annulment, common grounds for annulment include the following:
- Marriage between close relatives.
- Mental incapacity.
- Underage marriage.
What are the requirements for a marriage annulment?
To get an annulment, you’ll have to prove your marriage is “voidable,” meaning it was valid, but should be nullified (voided or canceled) based on one of the following grounds: unsound mind–one spouse lacked the ability to give consent due to a mental impairment or the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Is annulment better than divorce?
While a divorce ends a legally valid marriage, an annulment treats the marriage as if it never existed. The end result of an annulment is the same as a divorce—the parties are single and may remarry or enter into a domestic partnership with another person.
How soon can I remarry after an annulment?
The procedures for an annulment are the same as for a divorce action except that a final judgement and decree can be granted thirty days after the opposing party has been served. After a court issues a final judgement and decree, you can remarry. Legally, it will be as if you were never married to your current spouse.
How much does it cost to annul a marriage?
A final decision can often take 18 months or longer. And while some people believe it is a process afforded only the rich, the council’s website says the cost of an annulment normally ranges from $200 to $1,000 in fees, depending on the diocese.
Can you get an annulment if you never lived together?
The marriage ends as if it never existed and, in some states, property is not divided. If you’re making more money than your spouse, you may want an annulment because there’s usually no alimony in an annulled marriage. Your spouse, however, could be awarded temporary alimony during the annulment process.
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