Texas Annulment Attorney
Death, divorce, and annulment—these are the ways you can end your marriage in Texas. If you prefer annulment, our law firm has a team of skilled annulment attorneys who is always ready to take on your case.
We know that ending a marriage is hard. Perhaps the circumstances that led to that decision were even way harder. And now that you want to get an annulment, you have all these legal procedures jampacked with legal jargon you have to think about.
In Glen W. Wood, Attorney at Law, our annulment attorneys are dedicated to reducing the stress your end-of-marriage circumstance will bring. But if you are still undecided whether or not you want an annulment, or you still have some questions you want to be answered, read on.
For a full consultation, contact Glen W. Wood, Attorney at Law at (817) 934-7101 and talk to our annulment attorney in Texas.
Grounds for Annulment in Texas
Texas defines annulment as the legal declaration of marriage as “void”. The difference between divorce and annulment can be put this way: divorce ends a valid marriage while annulment ends a marriage that shouldn’t have been valid in the first place.
To get an annulment, you must prove that the basis of your union’s invalidity existed when the marriage ceremony took place. If you have proven grounds for annulment, waiting for 60 days like in an uncontested divorce won’t be necessary. Your marriage can already be legally annulled in a week or under if both you and your spouse agree.
Texas family law established the following grounds for annulment:
- Consanguinity or incest
- An undisclosed divorce which happened less than 30 days before the marriage ceremony
- Waiting period violation
- One spouse was under the age of 14
- One spouse was under the age of 18 and got married without parental/guardian consent
- Either spouse was under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the marriage occurred, making him/her too intoxicated to consent the marriage
- Lack of mental capacity
- Fraud or misrepresentation
- Force or duress was used to pursue the marriage
- Sexual impotence
If you filed for an annulment, but your spouse contested it, or the court is skeptical about its basis, you will have to prove the grounds you have in court. Also, some of these grounds for annulment still have further requirements you need to be mindful of:
- If your spouse has another husband or wife at the time of your marriage, your union is still valid if the earlier marriage was dissolved, and you and your spouse continued to live together. If this happens, an annulment cannot be granted.
- If you are underage, your parent or guardian must be the one to file for annulment on your behalf. The Texas legal age to get married is 18. It is 16 if you have a parent’s consent or court order. If you are already 18, you cannot file for an annulment based on being underaged.
- Even if you were intoxicated at the time of marriage, Texas courts wouldn’t grant your annulment if you and your spouse lived together after you were sober.
- If you file for an annulment due to your spouse’s inability to have sex, his/her impotence must be permanent to be granted an annulment in Texas. Moreover, the court won’t grant the annulment if you knew about the impotence at the time of marriage or if you still voluntarily lived with your spouse after knowing about his/her impotence.
- An annulment could not be granted for fraud, coercion, or force if you and your spouse continued to live together after you discovered the fraud or when the duress or force is no longer present. Furthermore, only major fraud about something crucial to the union is considered strong enough to annul your marriage.
To fully understand your eligibility to file for an annulment in Texas, consult an expert annulment attorney now.
Annulment Process in Texas
Texas annulment process starts with you filing a lawsuit in the district court of the county where you or your spouse live. You or your spouse must be a resident in that Texas county for at least 90 days.
The paperwork for annulment must include the full names of your spouse, children, and as well as yours. You must also include the date of your marriage and the date when you and your spouse started living separately. Indication of the necessity for the judge to decide custody, visitation, and child support should also be incorporated in the suit. Moreover, information on marital properties and the need for the court to divide it should be detailed out.
After filing the lawsuit, a copy will be served to your spouse. As part of the annulment process, 20 days will then be given for your spouse to file an answer. If your spouse failed to respond after 20 days, you could move to finish the annulment case by default.
Furthermore, Texas family law allows you and your spouse to insist on a jury trial. Depending on whether or not both you and your spouse want a jury trial, you’ll either have a hearing before a judge or before a jury of 12 residents from your county.
You will have to prove the grounds for the annulment to the judge or jury. If you have successfully proven your case, your marriage will then be annulled and declared void.
To fully understand the whole process of annulment in Texas, it is recommended to consult a knowledgeable annulment attorney. Acquiring legal assistance is also crucial to make sure that the process goes smoothly, and you can fulfill every legal requirement that the annulment process demands.
Effects of an Annulment
If your marriage gets annulled, it is already legally recognized as void and treated as if it never existed in the first place. From a legal standpoint, you were never married to your former spouse at all.
However, issues that are to be decided during divorce will also be addressed during an annulment case. A judge will still give a ruling over the issues of custody, visitation, child support, alimony, and property division.
Furthermore, children born from void marriages are still considered legitimate. They have the same legal rights as children from valid marriages. These rights include being financially supported and being able to acquire inheritance from both parents.
To understand the full legal effects of having your marriage annulled, it is best to talk to an annulment attorney.
Expert Annulment Attorney in Texas
Here in Glen W. Wood, Attorney at Law, we are proud to have a talented annulment attorney that is extensively experienced dealing with Texas family law.
From property division, child custody, financial support, to any other issues that will arise from an annulment case, we are here to assist you in resolving it legally. Our mission is to proactively deal with your case to ease the whole annulment process for you.
We guarantee great legal advantage and fast satisfactory results. With our legal counsel, you can also make sure that you’re doing the right thing in facing the end of your marriage.
As annulment attorneys, we will help in a way that your interests and the welfare of the children involved will be addressed accordingly by the end of your case. With us working with you, you can rest assured that your rights will be protected and that no legal mistakes will be committed on your behalf.
Be advised and legally represented by the best. Talk to our Texas annulment attorney now.
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Ending a marriage through annulment is a legal issue as much as it is an emotional one. This truth can overwhelm anyone involved in the whole process. The good thing is, you don’t have to deal with it all on your own.
Take charge of the emotional matters and leave the legal concerns to us. Don’t burden yourself with something the experts can handle for you.
Contact Glen W. Wood, Attorney at Law at (817) 934-7101 to consult our dependable annulment attorney in Texas now.