Fort Bend County Annulment Attorney
Annulling a Marriage in Texas
Marriage is a special bond between two people who have made the decision to spend the rest of their lives together. Sometimes that decision is made after years and years of courtship and dating. Other times the decision to get married is more of a spur-of-the-moment decision. It is often those rash decisions that end up with one or both parties seeking an end to the marriage. For couples who have only been married a short period of time, they may be eligible to receive an annulment of the marriage instead of going through lengthy divorce proceedings.
If you are seeking an annulment, Jamie Jordan Zand, PLLC can help. Attorney Jamie Zand understands that sometimes, the healthiest thing for both partners is to end the relationship. If you need legal assistance during this difficult and emotional time, our firm is here for you.
Contact us online or call (832) 463-4933 to get started with a free initial consultation.
What Is Annulment?
A legal annulment is different from a religious annulment in that the court is voiding the marriage in order to say it never really happened. If you or a loved one decide after getting married that you have made a mistake and need to get the marriage annulled, we recommend you speak with a knowledgeable Fort Bend County divorce attorney at our firm immediately.
A Commitment to Protecting Your Children
Parents may not agree and may have serious personal difficulties and the inability to communicate in a respectful manner. This situation should not transfer to the children, and a parent who is making ongoing negative comments can damage the child's relationship with their other parent, resulting in the child refusing to visit or talk to their other parent, or passing on the negative comments. Children should be completely left out of the equation when there is a bitter separation, no matter how difficult it may be for a former partner to avoid it.
Your Trusted Guide
We understand that having to get an annulment can be an extremely difficult and emotional experience. Do not worry, we are here to help you. When you come in for a confidential consultation, we can sit down and review your situation with you, discuss the consequences of a legal annulment, and answer any questions you may have. Providing you meet the qualifications to receive an annulment, we can work closely with you to prepare your case and guide you through the entire annulment process.
How to Annul a Marriage in Texas
Getting married can be a very happy time in a person's life. There are some circumstances, however, when deciding to get married may not have been the best choice. In cases such as this, an annulment may be the correct option for both of you.
Qualifications for annulment in Texas:
- Lacked the capacity to consent to the marriage (mental incapacity, drugs or alcohol, force or fraud, etc.).
- One party lacked the ability to consummate the marriage due to some underlying medical condition or physical disability not disclosed to the other party.
- Under the legal age for marriage.
Providing one or more of the above requirements are met, you and your lawyer may be able to petition the court for an annulment. Timing is of the essence when it comes to annulments, however. There are very strict requirements regarding how long you have between the time you find out about one of the above conditions and when you start legal proceedings.
It should be noted that if you continue to live with your spouse, even after you found out about one of the above conditions, you will not be eligible for an annulment. This is because the court considers your decision to remain living with your spouse as an admission that their actions were acceptable.
How Long After Marriage Can You Get An Annulment?
You must get an annulment within the first year of the marriage. However, if the marriage occurred within 72 hours of getting the marriage license, then you will have 30 days to file for annulment. After these times have lapsed, annulment will no longer be an option.
If you have questions about annulments or think you need an annulment, contact Fort Bend County annulment attorney Jamie Zand immediately. Reach out at (832) 463-4933.