Marriage annulment Texas is a legal procedure through which you can have your marriage declared null and void. Unlike a divorce, which is meant to end a legal marriage, an annulment is meant to end a marriage that was never legal or valid in the first place.
What are the Legal Requirements for Marriage Annulment Texas?
An annulment can be granted in Texas only under certain circumstances. These include:
- If one of the spouses was under the age of 18 at the time of marriage
- If one of the spouses was between the ages of 16 and 18 but did not have a court order or parental consent to get married
- If one of the spouses is impotent and incapable of having sexual intercourse
- If one of the spouses consented to the marriage under duress or by force
- If one of the spouses misrepresented themselves in order to convince the other to marry them
- If one of the spouses was drunk or under the influence of narcotics at the time of marriage
- If the spouses are closely related to each other and if their relationship is incestuous in nature
- If one of the spouses was not of sound mind and lacked the capacity to consent to the marriage
- If one of the spouses failed to disclose a prior divorce
Apart from this, an annulment can also be granted in cases where the marriage took place within a span of 72 hours after the marriage license was issued.
Marriage Annulment Texas – The Steps Involved
- Fill out, sign, and submit the Original Petition to Annul Marriage.
- Send a copy of your annulment petition to your spouse and ask them to fill out and sign one of the following two forms – Respondent’s Original Answer or Waiver of Service Only – and return it to you.
- Fill out and sign the Decree of Annulment and ask your spouse to do the same.
- Submit your Original Petition to Annul Marriage, your spouse’s Original Answer or Waiver of Service, and the Decree of Annulment in court and answer the judge’s questions truthfully.
- The judge will review your paperwork and sign your Decree of Annulment.
Eligibility Criteria to File for Marriage Annulment in Texas
In order to file for an annulment, you or your spouse must be a resident of Texas or you must have got married in Texas. You can file the petition for annulment in the county where you got married.
Unlike a divorce, a marriage annulment Texas does not have any mandatory waiting period. If there is no procedural lapse on your part, you can expect to get your marriage annulled within a few weeks.
Experienced Annulment Attorney in Texas
Marriage annulment Texas can be more challenging than a divorce since the former is granted only under very specific circumstances. Experienced Texas family law attorney Eric M. Willie can review your case and tell you whether you are eligible to file for an annulment.
Mr. Willie can take care of the paperwork involved with the annulment, make sure there are no procedural errors on your part, and get your marriage annulled in the shortest timeframe possible.
If you need a qualified and experienced Texas family law attorney to get your marriage annulled, contact the Law Office of Willie & Dasher today at 512-982-0714 or fill out this form to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys.