When you get married to your special someone, you believe that your marital bond will last a lifetime. In some cases, however, you might have to end your marriage due to unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, getting an annulment with the help of an experienced Austin divorce attorney might be your best option.
What is a Marriage Annulment?
Annulment is a process through which you can end your marriage and have it declared null and void. Contrary to what some people think, an annulment is not the same as a divorce.
A divorce allows you to end a valid marriage whereas an annulment allows you to end an invalid marriage which never should have happened in the first place. When you get a divorce, you still have certain responsibilities towards your ex-spouse and your children, if any. So, you might be asked to pay or eligible to receive alimony and child support payments.
An annulment, on the other hand, erases your marriage as if it never happened in the first place. You have no responsibilities towards your ex-spouse since your marriage was not valid.
A skilled family law attorney in Austin can tell you if your marriage – depending on the circumstances under which it took place – is valid or invalid and if you can get it annulled.
Under What Circumstances Can You Get an Annulment?
Under Texas law, an annulment might be granted by the court under the following circumstances.
- If one or both of the spouses had not attained the age of 18 years at the time of their marriage and if they got married without the consent of their parents or legal guardians
- If one of the spouses lied about their marital status to the other at the time of their marriage – if they were already married and did not terminate their marriage through an annulment or a divorce before marrying again
- If one or both of the spouses were forced, coerced, or threatened into marriage
- If the spouses are closely related to each other and their marriage is prohibited by law
- If one of the spouses is physically incapable of having sexual intercourse
- If one of the spouses was under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription drugs and was too intoxicated to consent to their marriage
- If one of the spouses was suffering from a mental illness and was incapable of consenting to their marriage
- If one of the spouses got a divorce from another person and immediately remarried – within a span of 30 days – without informing the other spouse of their divorce
- If the marriage took place within three days after the marriage license was issued and thus violated the mandatory waiting period (72 hours) as specified by Texas Family Code
- If one of the spouses made fraudulent claims about themselves in order to get the other spouse to agree to the marriage
If any of the aforementioned circumstances apply to your marriage, you can get it annulled with the help of a qualified Austin divorce lawyer.
Work with an Experienced Divorce Attorney in Austin
You have a lot at stake when you go through a divorce. Using an experienced law firm will help you get your fair share in the end.
Eric M. Willie, P.C. is adept at helping clients acquire marriage annulments to achieve favorable outcomes on their behalf, and he can do the same for you.