The state of New Jersey has witnessed many couples who no longer would like to be married and choose to divorce. However, you will want to keep in mind that there is another route to choose from when deciding to end a marriage. An annulment permits a couple to end their marriage, however, the process is different than a divorce because when the process is finished, it is as if the marriage never even occurred. If you are thinking about ending your marriage and would like to learn more about whether an annulment is an option for you, do not wait to reach out to our firm today to discuss the details of your situation and your options. Our Somerset County annulments attorney is on your side.
What are the grounds for an annulment in New Jersey?
In order to obtain an annulment in the state of New Jersey, the parties involved must cite a reason for their choice. The grounds for an annulment in New Jersey may include the following:
- The marriage happened between two relatives, making it illegal
- One or both spouses were under the age of 18 at the time of the marriage and once turning 18, sexual relations have not happened in the marriage
- Because of intoxication or a mental condition, one or both spouses were unable to understand that they were getting married
- The marriage happened on a basis of fraud or lies by one of the parties
- The marriage happened only because of severe threats
- One party had incurable impotence at the time of the marriage
- One of the parties was married to someone else at the time of the marriage
To learn more about the factors that must be met in order to obtain an annulment, reach out to our firm today to speak with a dedicated Somerset County divorce attorney.
What is the annulment process in New Jersey?
The annulment process demands that at the time of filing, either you or your spouse must be a resident of the state of New Jersey. To start the process, you will have to file a Complaint for Annulment, which incorporates information about your marriage, both spouses, and the grounds for the annulment. Similar to a divorce, you must officially “serve” your spouse the petition. Keep in mind that this cannot be accomplished by yourself, however, and it must be hand-delivered by another adult who has signed an Affidavit of Service. Considering that the other spouse agrees to the annulment, the process is fairly straightforward, and a judge will enter the decree of annulment. If the annulment is contested, however, there will be a hearing so the judge can hear both sides and decide whether the annulment is essential.
If you would like to learn more about this process or if you have any additional questions, give our firm a call today. Our legal team is on your side.
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