When to Proceed with an Annulment in Utah
Sometimes an annulment is a better option than divorce for couples going through the difficult circumstances of separation. The Law Office of David Pedrazas can help you obtain an annulment instead of going through the trouble of a divorce. David Pedrazas is dedicated to helping clients experience success during the difficult and stressful time of separation. Our team will stand by you and work to get the best results as smoothly and quickly as possible. Our legal expertise can help you establish grounds for an annulment, which is often a simpler proceeding than a divorce. Whatever your family law needs may be, David Pedrazas can empower you to get the best possible new start in your life.
Annulment vs. Divorce In Utah
An annulment means legally that a marriage never happened, as opposed to a divorce which is the termination of a marriage. An annulment often has different religious, social and financial implications for the couple seeking to separate. Child custody, child support and division of property and debt are still issues that will need to be settled in the case of an annulment. In Utah, the legal grounds for annulment are different from the grounds for divorce. You may be able to have your marriage annulled under the following circumstances:
You may be able to have your marriage annulled under the following circumstances:
- A person in the marriage was under 18, and that person’s parents did not consent.
- A person in the marriage was under 14.
- A person in the marriage was married to someone else, including circumstances when a divorce was not final.
- The marriage was between close relatives.
- The marriage was between partners of the same sex.
You may also be able to file for an annulment in circumstances where there was fraud, misrepresentation, or refusal to consummate the marriage. Another option for people hoping to avoid a divorce is legal separation, which can bring about the legal conditions of a divorce without actually being a divorce.
Legal Grounds For Annulment in Utah
The legal grounds for annulment are more specific than the grounds for divorce. But if your circumstances fall into one of the above categories, you will likely be able to get an annulment. Cases of fraud, misrepresentation or refusal to consummate are also common legal grounds for annulment that can be demonstrated. Annulments are very often granted in cases where one person in the marriage is under 18. Annulments are also common in situations where one person was still legally married to someone else. But because of the specific circumstances required for an annulment, divorces are more commonly granted than annulments both nationally and in Utah.
The legal ground for annulment between partners of the same sex is a part of Utah law that is still under development due to the recent federal court ruling. Contact our law office if you are in this situation for more information and to learn how we can help you.
Utah Annulment Attorney
The Law Office of David Pedrazas can help you if you are seeking an annulment or help in other family law matters. We will stand by you every step of the way to get the results you deserve and work for a fast and smooth proceeding so you can start a new chapter in your life. We understand how difficult the circumstances of separation can be, which is why our team provides compassionate and caring support. Our law offices provide professional and caring legal services for divorce proceedings, child support and child custody cases, DUIs and other family law matters. Contact us today for a Legal Case Review, and let us help you put your life back on track.
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