Annulling Your Marriage
Claire Sanderson Hanna Law Firm Provides Experienced Guidance & Representation
When Annulment Is Right for You
In certain situations, a divorce may be undesirable for a married couple seeking to amicably part ways. Some faiths do not allow for divorce, while certain situations may make the legal existence of a marriage socially humiliating or distressing. In these cases, an annulment may be the best alternative to a divorce.
While an annulment and a divorce both terminate a marriage, they accomplish this in very different ways. A divorce will end a marriage through a legal termination—an annulment is a legal action that erases the marriage, treating it like it never existed. This is clearly a far more drastic solution, but it is designed that way.
Because it is so drastic, annulment must be legally justified (unlike divorce). Many annulments are granted on the grounds that there was crucial information that was undisclosed until after the couple was married. The reasons for annulments are fairly broad, but usually involve some kind of deception or extreme ignorance. Some serious impediment to a valid marriage such as fraud/misrepresentation or bigamy is typically required for a legal annulment.
Annulment is usually accomplished within weeks or months of a marriage, so there is usually no property to divide or custody agreements to work out. As a result, annulments offer the advantage of not requiring the division of property, which is often the most difficult part of any divorce. Sensitivity and privacy may be your most pressing concerns when pursuing an annulment.
Our Skilled Divorce Lawyers Work on Your Behalf
At Claire Sanderson Hanna Law Firm, Claire Sanderson Hanna is adept at handling complex, sensitive situations. She can handle your case with sensitivity, advocating for your needs while preserving your privacy as an individual. The circumstances leading to an annulment are virtually always painful, so her aim will be to minimize the pain and complexity as much as possible by communicating with you clearly and compassionately every step of the process. Contact our firm for any questions regarding an annulment today.
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