Welcome back! As we mentioned in our previous blog post, ending a marriage, legally, can happen two different ways - divorce and annulment. These two ways to terminate a relationship are not the same. They are granted under very different circumstances. Today, we are going to discuss annulment.
Divorce Lawyer in Raleigh NC | Annulment
An annulment is a legal way to cancel a valid marriage between two individuals. Essentially, annulling a marriage legally erases a valid marriage, declaring that the union never existed, technically.
Annulments can be initiated by either party in a marriage. However, there must be proof that there are grounds for a legal annulment. Otherwise, the court will not consider the union null and void. There are several different valid reasons why an annulment would be granted by a court of law:
Underage Marriage - Those that are too young to marry and did not receive parental consent before the marriage are eligible for an annulment.
Mental Incapacity - When either spouse is unable to make an informed consent due to mental incapacity or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of a legal marriage, an annulment can be granted.
Mental Illness - Those that are emotionally disturbed or mentally ill at the time of marriage can file for an annulment.
Marriage Prohibited By Law - Due to marriages that involve familial relationships that are considered incestuous, an annulment can be granted.
Inability to Consummate Marriage - Those that are physically incapable of or impotent in the matter of sexual relations during the marriage are eligible for an annulment.
Fraud - When misrepresentations or lies are formed as a basis of the marriage, the spouse that agreed to the misrepresented marriage may file for an annulment.
Forced Consent - If one spouse is forced into or threatened into a legal marriage the annulment may be granted.
Bigamy - If an individual is already legally married to one person and then enters into marriage with another, an annulment may be granted.
For more information concerning the termination of relationships and ancillary matters, visit our other blogs in this same series, below:
- The Termination of Relationships and Ancillary Matters Part 1: Divorce
- The Termination of Relationships and Ancillary Matters Part 2: Annulment
- The Termination of Relationships and Ancillary Matters Part 3: Property Settlements
- The Termination of Relationships and Ancillary Matters Part 4: Alimony
- The Termination of Relationships and Ancillary Matters Part 5: Child Support
- The Termination of Relationships and Ancillary Matters Part 6: Child Custody
If you need help with any of the information above or are considering a divorce, contact our Raleigh divorce lawyer, today. We will set up a consultation with you to talk more about your options. In addition, we can also help you with any other legal situations you might be faced with.