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The Top 5 Reasons for Marriage Annulments

Jul 28th 2015 at 3:11 AM

If you are thinking about dissolving your marriage, you are probably considering getting a divorce. While that is the more common route, you may be eligible for another—annulment. This actionmandates that the marriage is invalid due to a specific reason. The following are the top five reasons for marital annulments.

The first is being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you were intoxicated or high, you may not have been aware of your actions. Alcohol and drugs cause you to lose your rationality and sense of judgment and to make mistakes you otherwise would not make.

The secondis similar to the first in that you lacked proper judgment and understanding. For example, perhaps you thought that your drive-through wedding in Vegas was just a fun, fake experience when it really was an actual marriage ceremony done by a person holding authority to perform weddings. On a more serious note, it could be that you or your spouse is of an unsound mind and not able to mentally comprehend the obligations of marriage.

The third reason is bigamy, which means that one of you is already married to someone else. It may be that your spouse lied to you and knowingly committed a crime. Another possibility is that he or she didn’t know either. Sometimes if divorce papers are not filed properly they do not get officially finalized and make the person unknowingly still legally married.

The fourth is being deceived on an important matter that had you been aware of it, would have caused you not to marry your spouse. Some of these issues include his or her sexual preferences, religion, criminal history, debt, and capability of having children. In these instances, you must prove deception, or incurability in the case of infertility.

The fifth is being used by an illegal immigrant to obtain a green card. You may have thought you two were truly in love, when in reality your spouse had an ulterior motive. This type of fraud can be most hurtful.

The sixth reason is being forced or threatened into getting married. Your marriage will be deemed invalid if it was done against your will. You won’t have to stay with an abusive, controlling spouse.

Fortunately, an annulment only requires one of these reasons to be true for your circumstances, and you don’t need to be married for a certain length of time before taking legal action. However, gathering evidence can be very difficult, so you should immediately seek legal assistance.  Visit this website to find a reputed family law firm in Mission Viejo.

Author Bio:-

Paul advises people on divorce and family law matters. You can find his thoughts at family law guide blog on Blogspot.

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