How to Get a Marriage Annulment Easily

Annul My Marriage How to Get a Marriage Annulment Easily

Get the 411 on Marriage Annulment From DoNotPay

You got married but soon realized it was a major mistake. Now what? A marriage annulment can help you void out the contract of marriage and make it deemed invalid. It isn't as simple as filling out a single form, though. Let DoNotPay offer you the 411 on all things annulment and how to get the process handled promptly.

Definition of Annulment

There's a big difference between an annulment vs. divorce. While a divorce signifies that you were married, and have now legally gone through the process of separating from each other, an annulment essentially says you were never married, to begin with. Whether the marriage is determined to be void or voidable, it is still invalid in the eyes of the law after the annulment process gets approved.

Definitions of Void and Voidable

You also need to understand the difference between a void marriage and a voidable marriage.

  1. A void marriage should never have taken place, to begin with. It is considered invalid from the beginning.
  2. Avoidable marriage is considered valid in the eyes of the law but could be annulled if you have the grounds for doing so.

Difference Between Religious and Legal Annulments

A legal annulment is one you apply for in court. However, your church may still recognize you as having been married unless you separately apply for an annulment through them. This is typically something that happens in a Catholic church, though other religions may also have a similar process. A religious annulment may even be asked for after a traditional divorce.

Qualifications for Getting Your Annulment Approved

You have to meet certain qualifications to get your annulment approved by the church or court. If you prove you had a void marriage that never should have occurred, the annulment will typically get approved without delay. A voidable marriage may take more time/convincing.

You qualify for a void marriage if:

  • One party was underage at the time of the wedding.
  • One party was already married to someone else.
  • You are closely related to your spouse.

You may qualify for a voidable marriage if:

  1. After your wedding, you learned your spouse was incapable of producing children.
  2. Your partner is unable to consummate the marriage.
  3. You learn that the marriage occurred due to fraud.
  4. A pregnancy occurred between one part of the couple and someone else.

Process for Getting a Marriage Annulment

To get the marriage annulment started, you need to head to your local courthouse. You need to file the same types of forms as you would with a divorce. However, you'll need to check the boxes indicating this is for an annulment request. You must also fill out a declaration explaining precisely why you deserve to have your marriage annulled. Visit the self-help center within your courthouse to get your documents viewed and ensure everything is in the correct order before you file.

You can get an annulment without the other party involved, but it will be more costly. An easy annulment handled between the both of you could cost as low as $500. A lengthier process that involves taking out an ad to find the other party could result in up to $5,000 worth of fees.

My Annulment Got Approved. What's Next?

You may be wondering what comes next after your annulment was approved. If you had a child between the time of the marriage and your final annulment date, for example, is that child's considered legitimate? In the eyes of the church, children born during a marriage that becomes annulled are still considered legitimate.

What about property and assets? If you moved in together after marriage, you may think the two of you have to split the assets. Because the marriage is annulled, however, it does not work the same way as a divorce. The two of you are expected to keep what was yours before the marriage happened. If you purchased a home or other assets together, the person who put the most money towards that purchase may be given ownership. That is unless you can work out an agreement otherwise or you ask the judge to make a decision.

Can DoNotPay Help With My Marriage Annulment?

Absolutely! DoNotPay will help you handle your marriage annulment promptly. Just answer a few questions and we'll get the process started.

  1. Search for Annulment on the DoNotPay website. 
  2. Kick off the process to see if your marriage is eligible for an annulment. 
  3. Answer some specific questions about your marriage and see if your state law allows for an annulment. 

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