The decision to end a marriage is never an easy one to make. It can be complex and emotionally challenging to address issues such as child custody and property division, but for some Texas couples, divorce is not the only option. In rare cases, it could be possible to seek an annulment of the marriage instead of a formal divorce.
If you think you could benefit from an annulment instead of a divorce, it is important to fully understand this process and what it means for your future. There are stark differences between a divorce and an annulment, and you would be wise to fully understand both the benefits and implications of this choice before you move forward. As with all important family law decisions, it can be helpful to seek qualified guidance as you consider your choices.
Which is the right choice for you?
Both a divorce and an annulment accomplish the same thing in that they legally end a marriage. However, there are unique differences between the two. An annulment is an option in rare cases in which the marriage should not have happened in the first place. Reasons that could be grounds to seek an annulment include the following:
- There was a misrepresentation or one party committed fraud in order to deceive the other person into going through with the marriage.
- One party concealed a major fact about himself or herself which could undermine the entire relationship, such as his or her ability or desire to have children.
- If there was impotency or incest, it could invalidate the marriage.
- In order for a marriage to be valid, both parties have to legally consent to the marriage. If one party did not consent or is too young to consent, it could be grounds for annulment.
In most cases, serious issues that could be grounds for an annulment are apparent fairly early on in the marriage. This means there may not be a reason to divide property, but regardless, if you are seeking an annulment, you will find it beneficial to fight for the full protection of your interests.
Fighting for your best interests
If you are considering ending your marriage, it is helpful to know your options before you make an important choice regarding your future. A complete evaluation of your case can help you as you take the appropriate steps to pursue a strong and prosperous future through your legal decisions.