Understanding legal annulments
Many people are familiar with annulments in a religious context. There is a distinct difference between a religious annulment and a civil annulment that legally ends the marriage. However, there are specific reasons or situations that must apply before an Arizona court will consider an annulment.
Here are some of the possible situations that can lead to a legal annulment:
- Misrepresentation or fraud
- Lack of physical or mental capacity for marriage
- Intoxication at the time of marriage
- Failure to obtain proper marriage license
- Blood relationship between spouses
- One of the parties was already married
- Underage at the time of marriage
- Misrepresentation of religion
- Immigration status
The criteria to obtain an annulment are much stricter than the criteria for a divorce. Indeed, most couples seeking an annulment file for divorce as well in case the annulment is unsuccessful.
Attorney Brad Crider can help you understand your legal options
If you have grounds to end your marriage through annulment, we can help. Mesa family law attorney Brad Crider is experienced at working with individuals and couples through separation, divorce or annulment. It's important that you discuss your case and your options with an experienced family attorney before taking legal action.
As with any dissolution of marriage, there can be financial and child-related implications involved. You may only get one chance to get it right, so it's very important that you work with an experienced attorney. You should work with an attorney who will guide you effectively through each stage of the annulment process; from filing paperwork to written statements and even providing testimony to the court. Contact us today to see what Brad can do for you.