Ending a marriage is not always a pleasant, and can often times involve parties at odds with one another. While a common way to terminate a marriage relationship is by divorce, another alternative may be annulment. Although both types of cases can be similar in nature, their requirements and effects are very different.
Annulment is often the road less travelled because of the legal requirements of the process. Alicia Lackey of Lackey Law Firm P.C. has experience in both divorce and annulment, and can professionally assess your situation to inform you if your case is qualified for annulment, or divorce.
Grounds for Annulment in Texas
The Texas Family Code sets out the grounds for annulment in Texas, and includes factors such as:
- Permanent impotency and failure to inform the other party in advance of marriage;
- A party under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of marriage that lacked the capacity to consent to the marriage;
- A party that entered the marriage under fraud, duress, or force;
- A party that lacked the capacity to entered the marriage relationship;
- A party that concealed the fact that they were divorced from another within 30-days of the date of marriage;
- The parties were married during the 72-hour period immediately following the issuance of the marriage license.
This is not a complete list of the factors that need to be evaluated in each individual case. Consulting a knowledgeable attorney about the specifics of your case is an important step in the process.
Grounds for Declaring a Marriage Void in Texas
The Texas Family Code sets out the grounds for declaring a marriage void in Texas, and includes factors such as:
- If the parties are related within a certain degree;
- If one party to the marriage is still married to another at the time of the marriage;
- If either party is under the age of 18 years without court order.
Each case is unique, and while this list of the factors is not complete, an experienced family law attorney can offer guidance.
Advantages of Annulment
- Diminished Social Pressure – Removing the negative stigma that many people often associate with divorce.
- Cultural Considerations – Using annulment as a more acceptable alternative to divorce can help individuals with religious or other concerns.
- Property Dispute – Depending on the specific circumstances, the division of property can sometimes be less complicated with an annulment or suit to declare marriage void.
Why Lackey Law Firm?
Experienced Family Law Attorney – Alicia Lackey has experience in annulment and other cases related to family law, as well as in other useful fields such as litigation, criminal defense, and immigration in the Austin and Fredericksburg, Texas area.*
Dedication – You can expect professional, honest, and personalized legal services when you hire Alicia Lackey to be your legal defense. You deserve an attorney that listens to your particular needs, as well as keeps you informed towards the success of each case.
Compassion for Every Client – Aside from being skilled and knowledgeable in law, Alicia Lackey is an advocate for clients in building a better community in Texas, helping one family at a time.
Compared to divorce, annulment can be more time sensitive and there can be very short deadlines that can limit your options.
Call now or fill out the Free Case Evaluation form to schedule a free phone consultation so Alicia can help evaluate how to get a jump start on a new chapter of your life.
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