Charleston Annulment and Divorce Attorney
Annulment is a legal procedure for declaring a marriage null and void. The common perception is that an Annulment means a quick end to a marriage but it really has nothing to do with the length of time the parties were married or the speed of the Annulment proceedings, for that matter.
Unlike a divorce, which terminates the marriage, in an annulment you and your lawyer are asking the court for a ruling that basically, erases the marriage. Once a judgement of annulment is entered the marriage becomes non-existent, as if the marriage never had happened.
Generally, annulments are very difficult to get and certain conditions must be met, for example:
- The marriage was between two people who are so closely related that the law does not permit them to marry.
- One of the parties was already married to another living person at the time of the marriage (bigamy).
- One of the parties is not of legal age to contract for marriage at the time of the ceremony.
- A party did not possess the ability to understand the nature of the marriage contract.
- Marriage that was obtained through fraud.
- Forced marriage.