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How to Get an Annulment Without Divorce

by Contributing Writer

Not all marriages work out and sometimes it's evident from the very start of one. Reading this article will teach you how to get an annulment without a divorce.

Know the difference between annulment and divorce. Before you can even think about getting an annulment, you have to know the difference between annulment and divorce. A divorce brings a valid marriage to an end by legal means and an annulment is a legal decree stating that the marriage was not valid from the beginning. If you have questions about annulment and divorce or the differences between the two, it is recommended that you ask your family law counsel.

Know when annulment is available. Annulments are not always available. Simply put, you can't be married for several years, then go to a judge and tell him you want your marriage annulled without rock solid legal grounds. Such grounds for annulment are as follows: you and your spouse are close biological relatives, you or your spouse were threatened into the marriage, you or your spouse were below the age of marital consent and/or you or your spouse is married to another live person at the time of marriage. If you have any questions about annulment grounds in your state, you should ask your family law counsel for assistance.

Learn all the facts about an annulment before trying to get one. Learning all there is to know about annulment law is very helpful for trying to get one. These facts vary from state to state and some of the important facts to remember include:* If you the innocent spouse (the one usually seeking annulment) is still living with the fraudulent spouse after learning of deception, many states will not grant annulment.* If you plan on annulment, do not have children (many states will not allow annulment if you have kids AFTER you have been married). * If you are seeking annulment, you may receive limited alimony or marital assets (remember, an annulment is a decree stating that your marriage never existed). If you have any questions regarding the common facts of annulment law, contact your family law counsel.

Tips

  • Before trying to get a divorce or an annulment, it would be to your advantage to know a great deal about marriage law.
  • Know that marriage duration is not grounds for annulment (as many people think it is).

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Photo Credits

  • Image Courtesy: Mississippi Family Law