Lehi Annulment Lawyer
Personalized and Knowledgeable Representation in Highland, Utah County, and Salt Lake County
Many people believe that only individuals who have been married for a very short time can get an annulment. In Utah, that's incorrect! Though many short marriages are annulled, the law doesn't give a maximum marriage period for annulment. There is a significant distinction between ending a marriage through divorce and through annulment, though, so it is important to consult an experienced annulment lawyer if you are wondering about your options for separation.
Our team at SeegLawUtah aims to provide personalized legal service and has a reputation for winning for our clients. We will help you resolve all your legal issues related to annulment and help you build a feasible plan for exiting your marriage.
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Getting an Annulment in Utah
A divorce is a legally valid marriage that the courts dissolve, terminate, or end. An annulment, on the other hand, is a court order declaring that the marriage is void and there was no legally binding marriage to begin with. Annulment is only available under limited circumstances, including the following:
- Marriage between close relatives
- Marriage when one of the spouses already has another living spouse
- Certain marriages between children who are under 18 years old
- Marriage procured by fraud that goes to the heart of the marriage
Marriage procured by fraud usually means that one party was dishonest about something that induced the other party to marry, and if the former party had been honest, the latter would not have wed. One example might be a husband who lies about not having any children from a prior relationship and, after the marriage, reveals his stepchildren to his wife. In this case, she may not have married her husband had he been honest with her.
Can You Still Get Court Orders with an Annulment?
In effect, an annulment will mean your marriage never existed. However, the court can still make child support, child custody, and property division orders in an annulment case. The children in an annulled marriage will retain the same rights as children from a valid marriage, and they can inherit from either parent and have the right to financial support from both. Note that the court cannot order alimony, though, because if there was no marriage, then there can be no spousal support.
If you are looking to terminate your marriage through annulment, contact SeegLawUtah today for legal assistance. The process is slightly different from that of divorce, and you will need to meet certain eligibility requirements in order to qualify for annulment. Our firm can take a look at your situation and help you file your complaint for an annulment, as well as resolve any of the ensuing family legal disputes like child support.
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