Divorce can be a nasty process. However, in certain circumstances, the state of Utah offers an alternative option in the form of an annulment. At the law offices of Kristopher K. Greenwood & Associates, our attorneys can weigh the aspects of your marriage to determine whether you qualify for an annulment and help prepare you for court proceedings.
Eligibility For Annulment
According to the Utah Courts, there are limited reasons why an annulment may be granted. They include:
- The marriage occurred under fraud or misrepresentation.
- One of the parties is still married to someone else.
- One of the parties was under the age of 16.
- One of the parties was under the age of 18 and did not obtain parental consent.
- The marriage occurred between close relatives.
Our lawyers can provide legal guidance to establish if an annulment is the right decision for your situation, and gather together supporting documentation to back up your request.
Annulment Vs. Divorce Or Legal Separation
An annulment is one way to solve the issue your family is facing. It can be beneficial in that after an annulment is granted, it is as if the marriage never happened. With a divorce, your property is subject to division, and this means that you could lose important items to your spouse, such as retirement, money in savings accounts and other items of monetary value.
In regards to legal separation, you and your spouse will be allowed to live separately but your marriage will not legally end. One of the big differences between legal separation and annulment is that with an annulment, you would be free to remarry, and with a legal separation you cannot. Additionally, a legal separation may still entitle you to seek or receive spousal support and certain property rights while an annulment would eliminate those choices.
Discover Your Options
If you are going through a family matter, it is important that you understand what your legal options and rights are. Call our office at (801) 475-8800 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our knowledgeable lawyers. You can also contact us through filling out our online form.