How to Start the Marriage Annulment Process in Oklahoma
Nearly 900,000 couples in the U.S. pursue legal separation each year, but an overwhelming number of those separations are divorces. If you're looking for an alternative that's less expensive and stressful, an annulment in Oklahoma could be the answer. While divorces dissolve a lawful marriage, annulments void marriages that should never have happened.
When your spouse has no legal grounds to contest a marriage annulment, it's easier to make the split. Still, many people won't take advantage of an annulment because they don't know the requirements, or that it's even an option. DoNotPay can help you understand how marriage annulments work, then take care of the rest.
Who is Eligible for Marriage Annulments in Oklahoma
Compared to other states, marriage annulment eligibility in Oklahoma is very limited. It boils down to two categories:
|Category||Void Marriages||Voidable Marriages|
|Explanation||These are marriages that were never valid, to begin with, according to Title 43 of the Oklahoma Statutes.||These are marriages that could be considered void if certain factors are at work.|
|Types / Factors||
||These could include:
|Additional Notes||Even if the two parties continue living together for several years, the marriage can be annulled at any time.
In a few cases, marriages between minors might fall into this category. Minors younger than 16 must obtain a court order before they can be legally married. Spouses aged 16 or 17 must have the consent of at least one of their parents or legal guardians.
In the case of almost every void and voidable marriage, there is no statute of limitations for annulment. One spouse can also apply for an annulment without the consent of the other spouse.
Grounds to Deny a Voidable Marriage Annulment
While spouses of recent remarriages can get an annulment, they should quickly cease cohabitation with each other. If you're still living with your spouse for longer than six months, the union cannot be annulled.
This six-month guidance applies to any reason that causes one spouse to seek an annulment. If you continue to live with a spouse six months after an affliction is cured (such as impotency), your annulment won't be approved. Minors also cannot get an annulment if they wait until after they have turned 18.
How to File for an Oklahoma Marriage Annulment
Compared to filing for a divorce, getting a marriage annulment seems easier. In most cases, your success during an annulment hearing depends on two things
- Your ability to prove that the marriage is either void or voidable. It's recommended that you provide documentation and witness testimonies to back up your claims. You'll also be more likely to win your case if your petition includes a convincing letter.
- Filing the right paperwork. Every Oklahoma county has guidelines and forms that you need to apply for an annulment. You can attach any supporting documents to these forms when you file.
Still, it's understandable for some people to put off annulling their marriage. For example, say that you're living with a physical impairment that prevents you from being employed. You may be relying on the health insurance from your spouse's job to get the care that you need.
In many cases, annulment cases have to be brought to circuit court. This is so that the judge can thoroughly review the evidence and make an informed decision.
However, these hearings can be a huge hurdle for many people. They've often never even set foot in a courtroom, so they're understandably nervous. Their fearfulness could make the judge think that they have something to hide.
DoNotPay: The Recommended Way to Get Annulments in Oklahoma
DoNotPay recognizes that every annulment should be taken seriously, regardless of the circumstances. If you worry that you can't make a convincing argument on your own, let us help.
With DoNotPay, it only takes 3 steps if you need Oklahoma annulment information:
- 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.
After you successfully complete the Annul My Marriage product, DoNotPay will notify you of any next steps you need to take. You can generate an effective letter to file with your annulment request, or a script to read at your hearing. You can still use this product even if you're just considering your separation options.
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If you decide to get an annulment, DoNotPay can help you in any state. You'll get your state's exact requirements, information about the required forms, and quotes for any court costs. Sometimes divorce is your only option, but we also offer quick and easy divorce settlement services.
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