The Basics of an Annulment of Marriage in Hawaii
It might be that you married too young, or maybe, you were forced or tricked into getting married. You want something more detailed than a divorce. You want it to appear as if the marriage never took place. You need an annulment.
However, you aren't sure of the laws regarding an annulment in Hawaii, don’t know the costs involved, and you wonder if you can even get an annulment. It can be tricky to understand the eligibility requirements for an annulment and if there's any wiggle room for special circumstances. You've probably already spent hours researching it online, but you get more confused. DoNotPay can help you determine your eligibility for an annulment in Hawaii in minutes.
What Is an Annulment?
An annulment is a secular or religious dissolution of a marriage. It varies from a divorce in a few ways. When you file for a divorce, the marriage ends when the divorce is granted, but with an annulment, it dissolves the entire marriage as if it never occurred.
Some people seek an annulment because their religion doesn't allow divorce or remarriage after a divorce. An annulment bypasses this religious requirement, but you'd need both a secular and religious annulment.
An annulment untangles any financial decisions made during the marriage. Depending on the state, it can affect any children born during the marriage since their parents were no longer married at their birth. It's a decision that you shouldn't take lightly.
Grounds for Getting an Annulment in Hawaii
Each state has its grounds for an annulment. If you're seeking an annulment in Hawaii, you need to meet one of the following six conditions:
- An incestuous marriage, such as half-siblings, aunt-nephew, or direct relations or ancestors.
- One spouse hid a disease from the other before the marriage.
- One or both spouses were underage at the time they were married.
- One spouse was forced into marriage through fraud, coercion, or duress.
- One spouse was still married at the time of the marriage, creating a bigamous marriage.
- One spouse didn't have the mental capacity to enter into a marriage.
It's important to note that when one of the spouses is underage at the time of the marriage, they must ask for the annulment or stop living as part of a married couple before reaching legal age. Hawaii won't grant an annulment if the underage spouse continues the marriage after coming of age and later decides to ask for an annulment.
Annulments may be sought on the grounds specified below within the indicated time periods:
|Bigamy||Any time during any of the spouse’s lifetimes|
|Underage||Until the underage spouse is of legal age and lives with the spouse|
|Physical incapacity||Within two years of getting married|
|Mental incapacity||Until mental capacity is attained and is living with the spouse|
How to Get a Marriage Annulled in Hawaii
In Hawaii, you start the annulment process by filing a complaint in your local family court in your circuit court. The other person gets notice of the filing and has 20 days to respond. It is possible to get an annulment without the other person. If the other person doesn't respond, the judge can annul the marriage. Otherwise, both parties appear before a judge to make a final decision.
What Happens After an Annulment in Hawaii?
Fortunately, an annulment in Hawaii doesn't remove the legality of a child born during the marriage.
- If there are children from the marriage, the judge will award custody, visitation, and child support.
- In cases of fraud, a judge can award spousal support. Otherwise, you'll need to agree to split any joint property after the annulment in Hawaii.
Know if You’re Eligible for an Annulment in Hawaii Instantly With the Help of DoNotPay
When you're considering an annulment in Hawaii, you need to make sure that your situation fits the state's laws for an annulment. You don't want to take the time to file paperwork or hire an attorney to find out that you aren't eligible, and you need to start over again with a divorce. The laws surrounding an annulment in Hawaii can be confusing, and they can make you unsure where your situation fits into them. The DoNotPay app can help you determine if you're eligible for an annulment or not.
It only takes three steps:
- Search for Annulment on the DoNotPay website.
- Kick-off the process to see if your marriage is eligible for an annulment.
- Answer some specific questions about your marriage and see if your state law allows for an annulment.
DoNotPay Also Works Across All States
After you determine your eligibility for an annulment in Hawaii, you might have friends or family members that live elsewhere who need help finding the same information. DoNotPay can help a person from any state determine their eligibility. The app also offers information on a variety of subtopics concerning an annulment.
What Else Can DoNotPay Do?
The DoNotPay app is ready to assist you with many tasks that you might need to tackle. Here are a few to consider:
- Generate a virtual credit card to make one-time payments
- Create a divorce settlement agreement without an attorney
- And many others.
Use DoNotPay to discover if you're eligible for an annulment in Hawaii today.