Getting married is often a very happy time for couples. However, some couples realize that marriage is not the best option for them at this time, and taking steps to negate the union need to take place. There are many different reasons why a couple would want to split shortly after marrying, and in some cases, it is more than one reason. If the marriage meets certain criteria, the couple may be eligible for an annulment, meaning that legally speaking, it will be as though the couple never married at all. There are also cases where a marriage can be annulled, even after several years. Here are 5 reasons couples might be interested in getting their marriage annulled, and how to move forward with an annulment.
1. One Spouse Lied About Their Age
If one spouse lied about their age and is proven to be under the legal age to consent to the marriage after the union has already taken place, the marriage may be eligible for an annulment.
2. One or Both Spouses Were Intoxicated During the Marriage
This is perhaps the most widely publicized reasons for an annulment. If one or both spouses were intoxicated when signing the marriage license or during the ceremony, they may feel that their union was a mistake later on. An annulment can be granted on the grounds that one or both spouses were not of sound mind when committing to the marriage, as long as they do not cohabitate or continue the marriage after becoming sober.
3. One Spouse Was Already Married
In cases where one spouse was already legally married, the second marriage can be annulled. This can be done immediately after the second marriage, or later on in the marriage if it the first wedding isn’t discovered for many years.
4. One Spouse Was Coerced Into the Marriage
If one spouse coerced or threatened the other into consenting to the marriage, the marriage can usually be annulled. However, proving coercion can often be challenging.
5. One Spouse Is Permanently Impotent
If one spouse is permanently impotent and the marriage cannot be consummated, this may be grounds for an annulment. The spouse petitioning the court for an annulment must have been unaware of this issue before the marriage.
In some cases, an annulment is easy to achieve. However, in other cases, getting a marriage annulled can be significantly more difficult. If you are considering getting an annulment, it is important that you speak with a seasoned Texas annulment attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options.
At the Bourlon Law Firm, our team of experienced attorneys understand the laws surrounding annulments in Texas, and can provide you with sound legal advice and knowledgeable representation throughout every stage of your case. We take pride in offering our clients personalized service, and will do everything within our power to see that your case is resolved in your favor. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys at (361) 289-6040.