While annulments of marriage are relatively rare today, the procedure is available to those who can show legal grounds. The legal theory of an annulment is that the marriage was not valid to begin with, meaning that, under the law, the marriage never existed. It is important to note that a civil annulment, which is a legal nullification of the marriage, is different than an annulment which is granted by a church or clergy (which has no legal effect on your marital status). As a family law attorney can explain, the legal grounds for an annulment. Some of these include:
This way of ending a marriage generally occurs when the spouses were together for a short duration, therefore there are few if any, marital assets and/or debts. Since the annulment treats the marriage as though it never existed, there is rarely a division of marital assets. However, under state law, the courts may award custody born of an annulled marriage, and may even award alimony payments. Our Short Hills marriage annulment lawyers could help you through this process and deal with any legal challenges that arise.
Should you decide you have grounds to nullify your marriage, the following requirements must be met:
If your marriage is annulled by the judge, it is immediately considered void—as though you were never married—although if there were children, the children will still be considered legitimate unless it can be proven that another man is the father. Regarding distribution of property, generally speaking, those assets titled in either spouse’s name remain theirs, and property held jointly is equally divided. Our Short Hills attorneys could assess the grounds of your marriage and determine if you are eligible for an annulment.
Many might wonder why a marriage would be annulled, as opposed to a divorce. While both an annulment and a divorce end a marriage, this process effectively reverses the marriage, making it as though it never existed. One might choose an annulment rather than a divorce for social, financial or religious reasons. An annulled marriage might not carry the same social stigma as a divorce, and, financially speaking, courts are much less likely to award alimony in an annulled marriage than in a divorce. Probably the most prevalent reason people seek to nullify their marriage rather than a divorce is religious beliefs. While some religions definitely frown on divorce, they may be more accepting of this way of ending a marriage.
At the Williams Law Group, our Short Hills marriage annulment lawyers understand all of the legal nuances of this process and could decide if your marriage is void in the state of New Jersey. Our attorneys could help nullify your marriage in the quickest, most efficient manner. If you require legal assistance through this process, contact the Williams Law Group today—our highly experienced attorneys can help you understand the outcome of an annulment so you are totally prepared.