Can you Get an Annulment in Arizona?
It seems like an annulment is a term that people used year ago when a couple had married on a whim in Vegas. The truth is that people still get annulled today. If you meet certain criteria, your Arizona divorce lawyer can arrange to have you annulled with little fanfare. The first thing you need to do is call and attorney and let them know what you’re looking to do. The next thing you need to do is retain an Arizona divorce lawyer so they can get the petition filed as soon as possible.
What is an Annulment Anyway?
When you get divorced, you’re asking the court to state that you were married for a period, and it didn’t work out. They will dissolve your divorce once the process is complete, and you will be single again. With an annulment, you’re asking the court to declare that the marriage didn’t really take place in the first place. They’re asking the court to cite a certain error or omission that make the wedding and marriage not proper.
Is An Annulment Different from a Divorce?
As explained above, an annulment is different from a divorce. However, the disposition is different as well. When a husband and wife get divorce, they are labeled as divorced by the court. If someone were to ask if hey had ever been married, the answer would be yes. With an annulment, however, it is a bit different. It is as if you’ve never been married at all. The court is stating that, for whatever reason, your marriage was null and void or did not meet the legal requirements for marriage in Arizona. Technically, the marriage never took place. Of course, you can tell friends and family whatever you want. That is your prerogative, not the court’s.
Your Arizona Divorce Lawyer Can Explain the Requirements
In order to qualify for an annulment, your Arizona divorce lawyer must show that you meet certain criteria. These criteria include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:
- Duress or force
- Mental incapacity
- Lack of parental consent
If you meet any of these criteria, there’s a good chance your annulment will be approved. You may be able to cite more than one which will increase your chances even more. One of the things your Arizona divorce lawyer will remind you is that the odds of having your annulment approved go up if the other party consents.
Can the Judge Deny Our Request?
It doesn’t happen often, but there are times when a judge will deny a request for a divorce. For example, if a petitioner asks for an annulment years after the wedding took place, it’ll be hard to convince a judge that an annulment makes sense over a divorce. If your spouse objects to the annulment, it will be a lot harder to get granted as well.
Call and Meet with an Experienced Arizona Divorce Lawyer
If you think you made a mistake by getting married, you’re not alone. Arizona divorce lawyers meet with plenty of people who wish they could go back and tell themselves not to go through it. Your attorney can discuss the possibility of getting an annulment. It’s not as common as it used to be, but the law still allows people to get their marriage nulled all the time. Call and schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Arizona divorce lawyers. At least this way you can say you investigated all of your options.