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Annulments are a legal way to end a marriage. However, unlike a divorce, an annulment treats the marriage as if it never happened. This can be an important distinction for some couples, particularly those who have religious objections to divorce. If you are considering an annulment, you should consult with an experienced family law attorney to discuss your options.

At Lisa Baker Canterberry, Attorney at Law, we have been helping clients with their family law matters for over 20 years. We understand the complexities of the annulment process and can help you navigate it. We are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of service and will work diligently to protect your rights and interests. We proudly serve clients in Collin County .

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What Is an Annulment?

An annulment is a legal process that declares a marriage null and void. In other words, it treats the marriage as if it never happened. In order to obtain an annulment, you must prove that the marriage was invalid from the beginning. This is different from a divorce, which is a legal process that ends a valid marriage.

There are several reasons why a marriage may be considered invalid. These are known as “grounds” for annulment. The specific grounds for annulment vary from state to state, but some of the most common grounds include:

  • Bigamy: One of the spouses was already married to someone else at the time of the marriage.
  • Underage: One or both of the spouses were underage at the time of the marriage.
  • Impotence: One of the spouses is physically unable to consummate the marriage.
  • Force or fraud: One of the spouses was forced or tricked into getting married.
  • Unsound mind: One of the spouses was mentally incapacitated at the time of the marriage.

It is important to note that the grounds for annulment must have existed at the time of the marriage. If the grounds did not exist at the time of the marriage, the marriage is considered valid and you will need to file for divorce.

How to Get an Annulment in Texas

The process for getting an annulment varies depending on the state in which you live. In some states, you can get an annulment by simply filing a petition with the court. In other states, you may need to go through a formal trial. In either case, you will need to provide evidence to support your claim that the marriage is invalid.

It is important to note that there are time limits for getting an annulment. In most states, you must file for an annulment within a certain period of time after the marriage. If you miss the deadline, you will need to file for divorce instead.

How Long Does an Annulment Take?

The length of time it takes to get an annulment depends on a variety of factors, including the complexity of the case and the court’s schedule. In some cases, an annulment can be granted in as little as a few weeks. In other cases, it can take several months or longer.

How Much Does an Annulment Cost?

The cost of an annulment varies depending on a variety of factors, including the complexity of the case and the attorney’s fees. In general, an annulment is less expensive than a divorce. This is because an annulment is a simpler legal process that does not involve dividing property or determining child custody.

Annulment vs Divorce

There are several key differences between an annulment and a divorce. The most important difference is that an annulment treats the marriage as if it never happened. This can be an important distinction for some couples, particularly those who have religious objections to divorce.

Another key difference is that an annulment is a simpler legal process than a divorce. This is because an annulment does not involve dividing property or determining child custody. As a result, an annulment is generally less expensive and less time-consuming than a divorce.

Effects of Annulment on Children

If you have children and are considering an annulment, you should be aware that an annulment can have an impact on your children’s legal rights. In most states, children born during a marriage are considered to be the legal children of both spouses. This means that they have the right to inherit from both parents and the right to financial support from both parents.

However, if the marriage is annulled, the children are considered to be the legal children of only one spouse. This means that they may lose their right to inherit from the other spouse and their right to financial support from the other spouse. If you have children and are considering an annulment, you should consult with an experienced family law attorney to discuss your options.

How Our Collin County Family Law Firm Can Help

If you are considering an annulment, consult an experienced family law attorney to discuss your options. At Lisa Baker Canterberry, Attorney at Law, we have been helping clients with their family law matters for over 20 years. We understand the complexities of the annulment process and can help you navigate it. We are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of service and will work diligently to protect your rights and interests. We proudly serve clients in Richardson and the surrounding area.

Call our office today to schedule a consultation with our experienced family law attorney.

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