Marriage is, by modern definitions, a legal unification. However, this means that for a marriage to enter into the benefits that are legally allotted to the couple, then the marriage must be recognized in the eyes of the law. If a marriage were to be undone and not recognized, legally, then it would fall apart under a process called annulment. This means that, under the law, the marriage never would have existed, in the first place. Because of the massive effect it can have on people’s lives, financially and emotionally, there is a limited amount of time that an annulment can be started, before the marriage is undeniably viable.
Although annulments are rather uncommon in today’s society, at Nelson, Taylor, and Associates we have a skilled legal team who is familiar with the legal road work that must be done, in order to engage or fight the voiding of a marriage.
Difference from divorce
While some of the effects of an annulment are similar as a divorce, such as the end of a marriage, there is a big, notable difference. The distinction, legally, is that divorce merely ends a marriage which was still valid during the time before the divorce. Annulment, on the other hand, completely voids any existence of the marriage in the first place, since it legally never even existed in the law’s eyes. Despite this notable difference, courts may order child and spousal support in cases of annulments, depending on the case.
Causes for annulment
In order for an annulment to be claimed, a marriage must have occurred under one of the following pretenses: extreme mental illness (to the point where one party could not have consented to the marriage), fraudulent information leading to the marriage, nonconsensual force, illicit substance intoxication, hidden impotency, marriage to someone who is not of age, polygamy, and incest.