Consider the possibility that you married and then discovered some horrifying fact that makes it impossible to remain married. If you do not understand all of your legal options under Utah law, you might simply file for divorce or legal separation. However, there could be a third alternative — annulment.
An annulment makes it so that the marriage never legally happened. You will not be required to divide your assets or provide support to the other party. However, you will also not be entitled to those benefits of divorce either.
Under limited circumstances, a Utah court might grant an annulment. If your spouse enticed you into marriage under false pretenses, such as misrepresentation or fraud, it might be possible to have the marriage annulled. You might discover that your spouse was not legally divorced from his or her previous spouse, which would make your marriage invalid.
An annulment could be granted if one of you was under the age of 16 at the time of the marriage. On the other hand, you might not have obtained consent from your parents if you were under 18 when you got married. If you find out that you are closely related to your spouse, the marriage could also be annulled.
Receiving an annulment could give you the opportunity to start over with a clean slate. If you suspect that you fall into any of these circumstances, you should seek the advice and assistance of an attorney. If your suspicions are correct, he or she can help you obtain an annulment instead of having to go through a divorce or legal separation.