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Getting a Marriage Annulment in Michigan
An annulment is not based on how long a couple has been married but on whether a person was ineligible to marry at the time or committed fraud. The grounds for annulment are that a legal marriage never existed – and proving this can be difficult.
Grounds for an Annulment in Michigan
It is not easy to get an annulment. There are limited conditions in which an annulment will be granted by a court. These can include:
- Fraud: One party falsified information or failed to disclose an important matter such as their inability to have children, the existence of a criminal record, or that the sole purpose of the marriage was to commit immigration fraud.
- Underage: One of parties was under the age of 16 at the time of the marriage.
- Bigamy: One person was already married to someone else.
- Family: The parties are more closely related than first cousins.
- Incapacity: One person was physically or mentally incapacitated at the time of the marriage.
- Force: One party was forced into the marriage.
- Concealment: One party did not reveal at the time of the marriage that they never intended to consummate the marriage or got married as a joke.
Matters that are not grounds for an annulment but are often misunderstood as legitimate grounds for annulment in Michigan include:
- Length of the marriage: Even if you’ve only been married for a few hours, days, or weeks, you must still prove one of the grounds of annulment to qualify for an annulment. Length of marriage has no bearing on the qualifications for annulment.
- Regret: You may wish that you had never married someone, decide immediately that you don’t like them as much as you thought, or find out they’re someone entirely different than who they presented themselves to be, you must still prove one of the legal grounds for annulment to convince a court to deem your marriage as nonexistent.
Annulment vs. Divorce in Michigan
Some people attempt to seek an annulment in Michigan because they think it is easier than going through a divorce. They believe an annulment will wipe the slate clean and their life will go on as though their marriage never existed. Annulment is not that simple, nor is it a quick legal process.
All the steps to get a Michigan divorce must occur in an annulment, plus it must be proven that there are grounds for annulment. This makes a couple’s split not only more time-consuming but costlier than a divorce.
Even if an annulment is not granted, a couple can still file for divorce simultaneously and have that split granted by a court. Should an annulment be granted, things can shake out as follows:
- Property settlement may be awarded.
- Neither party is entitled to spousal support
- Children produced in the union are still considered legitimate after an annulment.
- Custody, child support, and parenting time are all determined by a court as they would be in a Michigan divorce.
A religious annulment is separate from a legal annulment and can only be granted by a religious body. You may not be granted an annulment legally but could still be granted an annulment by a religious institution after divorce.
Find Out If Your Marriage Qualifies for an Annulment in Michigan
Even if you firmly believe your marriage qualifies for an annulment in Michigan, you need the help of a Michigan family law attorney to aid you in the pursuit of a legal annulment. The process to secure an annulment is complicated and difficult. Schedule a free consultation with the divorce lawyers at Femminineo Attorneys in Macomb County to ask all your questions and find out what’s possible for your divorce.
What makes us the right divorce attorneys for you?
Family Law Expertise
Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.
We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.
Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.
Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.
Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.
Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.
We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.
When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.
Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service. We are available to our clients 24 hours a day through our hot line at 586-854-3654.
At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.
We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.
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