How Do You Get A Fast Annulment Without Spending A Fortune?
If a fast annulment stands between a voidable marriage and freedom, it makes sense to file right away. Individual states determine if there is a statute of limitations for you to bring this action. Even if there is not, it is best to file as soon as possible. What else could slow down your annulment process?
Why an Annulment is Faster Than a Divorce
If you are deciding between annulment vs. divorce, consider that the latter typically involves filing multiple legal documents, providing discovery, going to hearings, and generally hiring legal counsel. In contrast, an annulment says that your marriage was never valid, which means that you can walk away.
However, in order to do so, the marriage you want to annul has to meet specific criteria.
- Inability to enter into a marriage. You cannot marry another person if you or the other individual are currently married to someone else. Also, any such union is void if one of the parties is under the legal age of consent and does not have a parent, guardian, or court's permission to marry anyway.
- Unwillingness to enter into marriage. If one party is coerced into the marriage, it is void. A marriage annulment would be granted if one party was threatened or otherwise forced to enter into the union.
- Marriage fraud. Fraud exists when one party withholds material facts to prevent the other party from entering the union. For example, if one person hides the fact that they are marrying the other person to gain citizenship rights, it would be considered fraud. Similarly, if one person materially misrepresents their identity, it would be a fraud.
What Are the Consequences of an Annulment?
When you meet the annulment requirements, you file paperwork with your state of residence. Assuming the family court in your jurisdiction agrees with you, the judge or magistrate will sign off on the order voiding your marriage. You can now walk away as if the union never happened.
- No spousal support. You are not obligated to pay the other party alimony. Similarly, you have no right to ask them to pay you any spousal support.
- No presumption of paternity. The law stipulates that any child born to a couple while they are married is presumed to be the offspring of this union. For the father, it means that they have paternal rights, such as decision-making power. If the marriage is canceled as being invalid, there is no such presumption. Even if you believe you are the child's father, you have no rights.
- No property settlement. You walk away with the property that you brought into the marriage. The other party does likewise. If you purchased real estate jointly or signed legally binding contracts jointly, a divorce may be a better option.
How to Get a Quick Annulment That Does Not Drag on in Court
Getting a fast annulment depends on your understanding of the legal issues involved. In fact, some reasons slow down an otherwise quick and easy annulment process.
- Wrong court. A petition for annulment gets filed in family court. Moreover, it has to be the family court that has jurisdiction over where you live. As a general rule of thumb, this is the court in your county of residence. If you file in the wrong court, the clerk may give you back your paperwork. Conversely, you may receive a letter from the court telling you that it cannot accept your petition.
- Paperwork mistakes. Did you fill out every box and line on the paperwork? Something as simple as forgetting to check the "nullity" box on the paperwork will render the entire petition invalid, which means that the court will send it back to you.
- Missing items. How much does an annulment cost? Each court has its own set of filing fees. If you forget to pay the filing fee, your petition will not make it to a magistrate or judge's desk. Besides that, if you are supposed to attach other documents but fail to do so, the court can send back the papers until you submit all the evidence.
- No consent. Can you get an annulment without the other person? While it is possible, it almost always requires the court to set a hearing date. Usually, the court gives the other side 30 days to object to the hearing or show up. As you can imagine, this waiting period easily sets you back.
A Fast Annulment Process with DoNotPay
If you find that there is an awful lot of research that goes into filing for an annulment, you are not alone. However, just because most people have a hard time with the project does not mean you have to experience something similar. DoNotPay has found a way to streamline the research process!
- 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
Each state has its own annulment process, and DoNotPay can assist you in annulment in the following states:
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