For some, the dissolution of a marriage doesn’t have to be divorce. Divorce isn’t for everyone. Annulment is different from divorce in that it does more than dissolve a marriage. An annulment voids the marriage as if it never occurred. In Texas, there are specific situations where you may be able to end a marriage through annulment.
When You Can Seek Annulment In Texas
Just because you want an annulment does not mean that it is a realistic option. In Texas, courts grant annulments only when specific conditions are met. For example:
- One of the parties was under the age of 14 when the marriage occurred.
- One of the parties was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the marriage occurred.
- One of the parties lacked mental capacity when the marriage occurred.
- One of the parties was impotent, unbeknownst to the other party at the time of the marriage.
- One of the parties entered into the marriage based on fraud or duress.
- One of the parties concealed that he or she obtained a divorce within 30 days prior to the marriage.
- The parties were married within 72 hours of obtaining a marriage license.
Each of these situations requires the existence of additional facts to allow an annulment. If a marriage ends through an annulment, neither party is entitled spousal maintenance or the division of a marital estate. However, if you and your spouse have children, you still have parental rights and responsibilities, and there may be property-related issues to resolve.
The annulment lawyers at Verner Brumley Mueller Parker provide focused, results-oriented legal representation to clients seeking an annulment. Our complete understanding of Texas law and our decades of family law experience put us in a strong position to advise you during one of life’s most challenging times. We will discuss all of your options and determine what works best for you.