Can I get my marriage annulled?

Can I get my marriage annulled?

Many people are unclear about the real differences between a divorce and an annulment, and which is the best option for them.  In reality, it is difficult to get a marriage annulled and most relationships that do not meet the narrow legal grounds for an annulment are left with the only option being divorce.  For some, however, an annulment may be an option.

An annulment means that the marriage never existed, as opposed to a divorce which recognizes a valid marriage and terminates it. Under Utah Code Section 30-1-17.1, a couple can seek an annulment if (1) the marriage was between close relatives who are not permitted to marry, for example, a brother and sister or father and daughter; (2) one party to the marriage is under either 14 or 16 years of age, depending on when the marriage took place (marriages before May 1999  can be annulled if one party was under 14, and marriages after May 1999 can be annulled if one party was under 16); (3) one party was under 18 and married without parental consent; and (4) one party to the marriage was legally married to someone else and the divorce was not yet final.  These are the ONLY reasons recognized by Utah statute, however, the Courts have also recognized some other reasons that might be grounds for an annulment, including fraud, misrepresentation, or failure to consummate the marriage.

Unlike some states, Utah does not have a time element in its statute on annulment, so the duration of a marriage is not a factor that alone justifies an annulment.  In order for fraud to be grounds for an annulment, it has to be directly related to the marriage and extreme enough that had the other party known, they would not have gotten married.  Cases with issues like these are all very fact specific and have to be presented to a judge to determine whether an annulment is appropriate.

Further, even though getting a marriage annulled has the same effect as if the marriage never happened, child support, visitation, property and debt division can all be considered during the proceedings.  Though the process for getting an annulment can begin the same as the process for getting a divorce, getting an annulment is much more difficult and judge’s rulings differ case to case, so consider seeking the help of an attorney if you think that getting an annulment is something you want to explore, or to determine whether or not it is an option in your case.

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Our family hired Hepworth & Associates and was assigned Ben Lawrence as our attorney. Ben was very professional in representing our case. He provided support by answering questions, researching appeal court decisions, and demonstrating a good understanding of best practices in family law. During the trial, Ben was able to maintain a calm and collected demeanor. His skills as an attorney helped our family through a challenging time as he guided us through the complicated legal system. After the trial he continued to reach out to our family to check in and to provide updates.read more
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my fiancée had to call there office repeatedly to get the status of my case. My fiancée singlehandedly kept the case from getting dismissed because it had sat carelessly dormant for so long and it was her that had to bring it to there attention. And then, when we suggested a way for them to address the obstacles created by my ex-wife and the careless mishandling of my matter (I suggested filing a Motion to Waive the Requirement for Respondent to Take the Parenting Class), your office responded that it couldn’t be done, when in fact, I knew it could be. I paid a paralegal to draft a motion, forwarded it to you and then your office copied it in and submitted it to the court…then the magic happened. The case was resolved and the divorce was granted. I provided you with the legal fodder to complete the job. I was told my case flat-fee agreement (in flat fee cases , I understand that I will not be billed for phone calls, faxes, court appearances, attorney preparation time, paralegal time, or any other hourly fees for work done by the Firm.) than I got a bill 2 years later for 540.98 said they could not reach me... also never got any final paperwork from them... I also did upfront fee $1,300.00 and now its at collections ... I did turn them in to the Utah State Bar...read more
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More than 100% confident in Michael and John. Both have represented me in business law. Never seen anything they can't handle.read more

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