Annulling Your Marriage
The Law Offices of Michael D. Reynolds
Provides Experienced Guidance & Representation
When Annulment Is Right for You
In certain situations, a divorce may be undesirable for a married couple seeking to amicably part ways. Some faiths do not allow for divorce, while certain situations may make the legal existence of a marriage socially humiliating or distressing. In these cases, an annulment may be the best alternative to a divorce.
While an annulment and a divorce both terminate a marriage, they accomplish this in very different ways. A divorce will end a marriage through a legal termination—an annulment is a legal action that erases the marriage, treating it like it never existed. This is clearly a far more drastic solution, but it is designed that way.
Because it is so drastic, annulment must be legally justified (unlike divorce). Many annulments are granted on the grounds that there was crucial information that was undisclosed until after the couple was married. The reasons for annulments are fairly broad, but usually involve some kind of deception or extreme ignorance.
Grounds for annulment include:
- Fraud / misrepresentation
- Concealment of important information (e.g. sexually transmitted diseases)
- Misunderstanding of intent (i.e. about whether either party can have children)
- Lack of consent
- Unwitting incest
- Inability to consummate the marriage
- Bigamy (or a previously unresolved marriage)
Annulment is usually accomplished within weeks or months of a marriage, so there is usually no property to divide or custody agreements to work out. As a result, annulments offer the advantage of not requiring the division of property, which is often the most difficult part of any divorce. Annulments are also usually the product of deeply-entrenched social stigmas, so sensitivity and privacy may be your most pressing concerns.
Our Skilled Divorce Lawyers Work on Your Behalf
At The Law Offices of Michael D. Reynolds, our annulment attorneys are adept at handling complex, sensitive situations. We can handle your case with sensitivity, advocating for your needs while preserving your privacy as an individual. The circumstances leading to an annulment are virtually never painless—our aim will be to minimize the pain and complexity as much as possible by communicating with you clearly and compassionately every step of the process. If you are seeking an annulment, our lawyers will be effectively prove your need for an annulment to the best of our highly-honed abilities. Contact our firm for any questions regarding an annulment today.