An annulment is different to a divorce, in that a court formally declares that the marriage was either not valid in the first place or subsequently became legally invalid. In essence, an annulment reverses the marriage in such a manner that it is the same as if it had never happened in the first place.
There are various reasons why the courts may grant an annulment, which include either party already being married at the time of the marriage, or being forced/misled into marriage against their will. However, the process of applying for and being granted an annulment can be complex and time-consuming, which is why expert legal support is essential.
At Aristone Solicitors, our skilled legal team has the knowledge and experience needed to bring an annulment application to a swift and amicable outcome. We understand that cases like these can be particularly difficult and distressing, which is why we handle every case with the empathy and sensitivity it deserves.
For more information or to discuss any aspect of annulment in more detail, contact the team at Aristone Solicitors today.
Grounds for Annulment
There are two categories of marriages that are recognised as eligible for annulment – marriages that are void and those that are voidable.
Void marriages are these that were not legally valid in the first place, and therefore do not need to be annulled by way of formal decree. However, one or both parties may choose to request a formal decree from the courts, in order to assist with subsequent issues regarding property and finance entitlement.
Voidable marriages are those that were formalised in a legal capacity, though are considered eligible for annulment due to one of the following reasons:
- it was not consummated – you have not had sexual intercourse with the person you married since the wedding (does not apply for same sex couples)
- you did not properly consent to the marriage – for example you were forced into it
- the other person had a sexually transmitted disease (STD) when you got married
- your spouse was pregnant by someone else when you got married
- one spouse is in the process of transitioning to a different gender
Gov.uk – October 2019
However, it’s important to note that the satisfaction of one or more of the above conditions does not guarantee eligibility for annulment. There are various other factors and conditions to be taken into account, which is where our skilled legal team can help.
If you’d like to learn more about annulment or discuss any aspect of separation in more detail, book your obligation-free consultation with Aristone Solicitors today.
How Long Does Annulment Take?
In the case of an uncontested annulment with no specific complications, the process typically takes around six months. Though as delays can be difficult to predict and are sometimes impossible to avoid, we advise consulting with an experienced solicitor at the earliest possible stage.
However complex your case, we’ll provide the legal support and representation you need to ensure a prompt and amicable outcome. Call Aristone Solicitors anytime for more information on annulment and voidable marriages.