Do You Need Both Signatures for an Annulment?
Usually, yes. Both signatures are often required for an annulment.
Sometimes life with your chosen spouse isn't the way it's supposed to be. An annulment can solve the issues between the two parties, but is that the way to go? Does each party have to agree? Do you have to have both signatures for the annulment to be legal? Read on to find out about the annulment process.
DoNotPay has all the information to help you get through your tough decision to separate from your spouse. Learn exactly what annulment is, annulment requirements, how much an annulment costs, if you can get an annulment approved with one person, and if you should annul your marriage or get a divorce. DoNotPay is here to make your choices clear.
What is an Annulment?
Simply put, an annulment of a marriage cancels out the marriage in both religious and secular systems. The act makes the marriage disappear as if the whole thing legally never happened. There will be documentation of the marriage and the annulment on file, but the spouses in question are not considered divorcees. Is annulment the right way to go? Take a look at the differences between annulment and divorce.
Which One? Annulment or Divorce?
Which route to choose will depend on meeting the requirements of an annulled marriage. Only certain things can initiate an annulment. However, you can get a divorce in almost any country as a means to legally separate from your spouse, for almost any reason.
In most US states you can separate via divorce for:
- Personality clashes
- Loss of independence of the individual
The list goes on.
But annulments are different, they erase a marriage record. They’re usually obtainable if:
- One spouse was intoxicated during the wedding ceremony
- Spouses discover they’re related closely by blood
- One or both individuals were underage at the time of marriage
- One or both partners were already legally wed to someone else
- But there are other reasons, and they vary by state
You can see why two signatures are usually required for an annulment. Unlike a divorce — which says a marriage has ended — an annulment erases a marriage. It’s as if the marriage never existed. And that can bring up issues regarding alimony, retirement, health insurance, and the like.
Legal Annulments vs Religious Annulments
Legal annulments terminate the marriage in the state or country's eyes. Religious annulments only terminate the marriage in the church. It does not terminate the legal marriage. You will have to obtain a legal annulment to complete an annulment even if you have already received a religious annulment or you will still be considered married in the courts.
Grounds for Getting an Annulment
Divorce allows you to separate for almost any reason, but you have specific guidelines for annulment. These guidelines can change depending on the state and country that you reside in. These reasons can include:
- A previous undissolved marriage
- Underage marriage- can annul once both parties reach adulthood
- Married while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Fake marriage for lying to civil servants or the public
- Marriage not consummated
- Sexual dysfunction or close relation deliberately concealed from either party
- Union prohibited by law such as close blood relatives
Steps to Getting Your Marriage Annulled
Once you establish you have the ground for an annulment the next steps can be tricky if you don't have the proper support. Each state will have its own rules, regulations, and steps.
Usually, you will need to:
- File a petition
- Serve the papers to your spouse
- Wait for your spouse to file their answer
- Provide proof of claim
- Participate in court hearings and investigations
- Receive the decree from the courts
Check out the table below to find your state's rules.
How Much Does an Annulment Cost?
This varies by state, too. While divorce in some states can be one-sided, meaning that the other spouse was not at fault, annulments are required to have proof and investigations. The claims must be proven true, and that is going to be more costly. You're looking at paying legal fees, investigation fees, court fees, and any other funds the court's decree is awarded to your spouse for the separation. An average cost is between $500 to over $5000!
Are Both Signatures Required for Annulment?
Yes. After the investigation, the papers are filed, and the court decrees the solution is annulment, both spouses have to sign the annulment. The signatures decree that both parties agree the marriage was invalid and should be removed from their legal or religious standings.
How to Apply for Annulment by Yourself
Applying for an annulment yourself is a time-consuming process. First, you have to research the terms of annulment for your state, then you have to find a lawyer that can help prepare the paperwork. After that, you may be required to present your concrete proof of the chosen reason for annulment. Then the court dates and waiting on the answer from your spouse. It's a long process, and DoNotPay can make it much simpler!
Apply for Annulment Instantly With DoNotPay
Choose to have a service on your side that is able to help with the paperwork and court documents easily and quickly. DoNotPay can get you started in three simple steps, check it out.
Follow these simple directions:
- 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.
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