The most common way to end a marriage is through divorce. But another method exists, and is being used more and more frequently. In some instances the decision to seek an annulment is preferable to divorce. The reasons for wanting an annulment vary from couple to couple and person to person, with the most popular reasons being based on religious beliefs or health insurance coverage matters. While the end result is that the relationship is over, the legal consequences are very different. With a divorce, the parties are simply no longer married. With an annulment though the law treats the marriage as if it never existed.
In order to qualify for an annulment in Arizona, you must present the court with the grounds for the annulment. Common grounds include:
- Mental instability of one of the parties.
- Evidence that the marriage was entered into under duress or coercion.
- The existence of fraud by one of the parties, about one of the legitimate aims of marriage (such as the ability to have kids).
- Intoxication at the time of entry into the marriage.
Even though an annulment will result in the legal determination that the marriage never took place, many of the same issues must be decided as with a divorce. The parties still must come up with a custody plan and divide their assets and liabilities. To make sure your interests are protected when getting an annulment by partnering with a skilled family law attorney. We work with you to develop a strategy that is tailored to your needs and likely to reach satisfactory results. Call us today to find out more and to learn if you qualify for an annulment.
For more information about the differences between an annulment and a divorce, call a trained legal professional. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call the Sampair Group in Phoenix and the West Valley today to schedule your appointment.