Annulments

If you wish to avoid the religious or social stigma that comes from divorce, Sisemore Law Firm, P.C., may be able to help you obtain an annulment. Most married couples who wish to end their union seek a divorce.  However, in some circumstances, an annulment may be the best choice. Our attorneys can help you determine whether a divorce or an annulment is the best option for you so you can move on with your life and avoid complications going forward.

Call Our Law Firm To Discuss An Annulment

Under the Texas Family Code, a suit for the dissolution of marriage must provide sufficient grounds to support the divorce or annulment.  At Sisemore Law Firm, P.C., our Fort Worth divorce attorneys can help you determine the option that best fits your circumstances. Contact us today for a free consultation at 817-900-3875.

Differences Between Divorce And Annulment

Divorce

A divorce is a court decree that declares that a once-valid marriage no longer exists. Once a divorce is finalized, the spouses are entitled to remarry. As distinguished from an annulment or separation, a divorce may be more time-consuming, emotional, expensive or mandate additional requirements (such as state residency to file for a divorce). A divorce may be sought on a number of grounds. For more information, visit our divorce page. A number of other important issues to consider include custody, visitation and support of children, as well as spousal support and property division. We also handle paternity matters, modifications, pre- and postnuptial agreements, and adoptions.

Annulment

An annulment is a legal nullification of a marriage. Unlike a divorce, an annulment renders a marriage void, as if it never occurred. Individuals might prefer an annulment to avoid some of the social or religious stigmas attached to divorce, but an annulment is not available in all circumstances.

To obtain an annulment successfully, an individual must satisfy one of the following grounds:

  • Marriage obtained by persons under 18 without parental consent or court order
  • Marriage obtained while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, and couple has not since cohabited
  • Other party to the marriage is permanently impotent and petitioner was unaware
  • Marriage obtained by fraud, duress or force
  • Petitioner lacked the mental capacity to consent to marriage
  • Other party to the marriage concealed a recent divorce of which petitioner was unaware
  • Marriage ceremony took place less than 72 hours after issuance of marriage license

A Third Option: Separation

A permanent termination of marriage may only occur by divorce or annulment. If an annulment is unavailable under Texas law, a couple may choose to separate rather than terminate the marriage. Separation is an alternative to dissolution for couples who want to avoid the stigma of divorce, hope for reconciliation, want to retain tax benefits, dislike divorce for religious reasons or believe it is in the best interests of their children.

Contact A Forth Worth Divorce Lawyer.  Free Consultation.

Making the difficult decision to terminate a marriage is never easy, and many legal ramifications accompany such a decision. Our experienced Fort Worth family law attorneys can help you determine whether annulment is a viable option. Contact Sisemore Law Firm, P.C., at 817-900-3875 today for a free consultation.