Representation During The Annulment Process
If your marriage turned out to be a sham or illegal, or even if it was a drunken mistake, you may wish to have it annulled. You may also have religious or personal reasons to seek (or resist) an annulment.
The divorce and family law attorneys of Palmer Lehman Sandberg, PLLC can represent you in the annulment process. We will guide you through the legal technicalities and prepare you for any court proceedings. Our lawyers have successfully pursued annulments in Dallas County, Collin County and surrounding counties of North Texas.
NOTE: A civil annulment is different from a religious annulment. If you are seeking to have your marriage annulled so that you can marry again in your church, you may need to pursue a separate process. Talk to your clergy member first — but we have also assisted clients with this process.
Annulling A Marriage In Texas
An annulment is a court decree that essentially ends and erases your marriage. For legal purposes, the marriage never happened and the other party has no legal marital connection to you.
If you have grounds for annulment, you do not have to wait 60 days like an uncontested divorce. Your marriage can be officially annulled inside of a week if both parties agree.
The Texas Family Code sets out grounds for voiding a marriage, including:
- Consanguinity (spouse is a close family member)
- Bigamy (spouse is already married)
- Concealed divorce (spouse was divorced less than 30 days)
- Waiting period violation (within 72 hours of obtaining marriage license)
- Under the age of 14
- Under the age of 18 without parental/guardian consent
- Under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Lack of mental capacity
- Fraud or misrepresentation
- Force or duress
- Sexual impotency (spouse is unable to consummate)
If the other party contests the annulment or if the court is skeptical, you may have to prove grounds in court. Our legal team includes attorneys who are certified as family law specialists by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. We can explain annulment law and your rights. We advise and represent clients in annulment petitions and hearings. If you do not qualify for an annulment, we can help you obtain a divorce and protect your legal interests.
Learn More About Marriage Annulment
We serve individuals who want to move on from a terrible mistake. We are also often consulted by parents, family members or other advocates who believe that a marriage was fraudulent or illegal.
Call our Dallas office at 214-242-6444 or contact us online to arrange a consultation. We offer convenient office hours, flexible appointment times and reasonable fees. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are accepted.