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Houston Annulment Attorney

Experienced Annulment Lawyer Serving Harris County, TX

Annulment is a legal process that declares a marriage null and void. In other words, an annulment is a legal declaration that the marriage was never valid. In Texas, annulments are not granted for religious reasons. Instead, they are granted for specific legal reasons. If you are considering an annulment, it is important to understand the process and the grounds for annulment in Texas.

At Parchman Law Group, our attorneys can help you understand your options and guide you through the annulment process. Call (713) 364-0777 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our team.

What Is the Difference Between an Annulment and a Divorce?

While a divorce ends a valid marriage, an annulment declares that the marriage was never valid. In other words, an annulment is a legal declaration that the marriage never existed. This is why annulments are often referred to as “nullity of marriage” cases.

When a marriage is annulled, it is as if the marriage never happened. This means that, in the eyes of the law, the marriage was never valid and, therefore, no legal rights or obligations exist between the parties. This is different from a divorce, which ends a valid marriage and, therefore, the legal rights and obligations that come with it.

What Are the Grounds for Annulment in Texas?

Not all marriages can be annulled. In Texas, there are specific grounds for annulment. If you are considering an annulment, you must be able to prove that your marriage is voidable based on one of these grounds.

The grounds for annulment in Texas include:

  • One or both parties were under the age of 18 at the time of the marriage and did not have parental consent or a court order allowing the marriage
  • One or both parties were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the marriage and, therefore, did not have the mental capacity to consent to the marriage
  • One or both parties were permanently impotent at the time of the marriage and the other party did not know
  • One or both parties used fraud, duress, or force to get the other party to consent to the marriage
  • One or both parties were mentally incapacitated at the time of the marriage and, therefore, did not have the mental capacity to consent to the marriage
  • One or both parties were already married or in a domestic partnership at the time of the marriage

It is important to note that, in Texas, there is no such thing as a “common law” marriage annulment. If you are in a common law marriage, you must go through the divorce process to end the marriage.

How to Get an Annulment in Texas

If you are considering an annulment, you must be able to prove that your marriage is voidable based on one of the grounds for annulment in Texas. You must also be able to prove that you did not voluntarily live with your spouse after learning of the grounds for annulment.

It is important to note that, in Texas, there is a strict time limit for filing for an annulment. You must file for an annulment within four years of the date of the marriage. If you do not file within this time limit, you will not be able to get an annulment and will have to go through the divorce process to end the marriage.

When you file for an annulment, you must provide the court with evidence that supports your claim. This evidence may include medical records, witness statements, and other documents that prove your marriage is voidable based on one of the grounds for annulment in Texas.

Once you file for an annulment, the court will schedule a hearing. At the hearing, you will have the opportunity to present your evidence to the court. If the court agrees that your marriage is voidable, it will grant the annulment and declare the marriage null and void.

How Long Does an Annulment Take in Texas?

The annulment process in Texas can take several months. The exact length of time will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. If you and your spouse agree on all of the issues, the process may be faster. However, if you and your spouse cannot agree on the issues, the process may take longer.

Do You Need a Lawyer to Get an Annulment in Texas?

While you are not required to have a lawyer to get an annulment in Texas, it is highly recommended. The annulment process can be complex and confusing. An experienced family law attorney can help you understand your rights and options and guide you through the process.

At Parchman Law Group, our attorneys have extensive experience handling annulment cases. We can help you understand the process and the grounds for annulment in Texas. We can also help you gather the evidence you need to support your claim and represent you in court.

How Our Houston Annulment Attorneys Can Help

At Parchman Law Group, our attorneys can help you understand your rights and options and guide you through the annulment process. We can help you gather the evidence you need to support your claim and represent you in court. We can also help you understand the cost of an annulment and work with you to find a solution that fits your budget.

At Parchman Law Group, our attorneys can help you understand your options and guide you through the annulment process. Call (713) 364-0777 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our team.

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