Voiding a Marriage in Texas
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Under Texas law, marriages can only end upon the death of one spouse unless spouses obtain a divorce. However, if a marriage begins under circumstances that are invalid, then there’s a third option for how to end it: annulment. Annulment is the process of declaring a marriage “null and void” thus making it as though it never happened in the first place. While this may seem like an ideal solution, the truth of the matter is annulments are actually quite rare, and it’s best to speak with a Houston attorney to discuss whether you even qualify this option before beginning.
At the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, our team of experienced Houston lawyers may be able to assist you with determining the legality of your marriage and then with the pursuit of the annulment process. We understand the complexities and difficulty of trying to navigate a family law case, and our years of knowledge and experience give us the ability to guide you through your matter and give you the confidence that you’re in good hands. As our client, we put your needs first, and we make sure that you are in charge of your case at all times so the final outcome is one that you’ll be happy with and puts you in an ideal position for the next phase of your life.
Call the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC today at (281) 810-9760 and request a complimentary case evaluation with one of our Houston attorneys!
Qualifying for an Annulment
As we stated previously, annulments are pretty rare. The overwhelming majority of the time, those who wish to end their marriage must go through the divorce process to do so. Annulments are generally reserved for when circumstances would invalidate the signature and legality of a marital agreement, thus making it unenforceable.
You may be eligible for annulment if you can show any of the following circumstances in your marriage:
- Bigamy: If either partner is already engaged in another marriage that was not terminated when the marriage began
- Underage: If either spouse was under the legal marriage age
- Intoxication: If one spouse was too intoxicated during the ceremony or signing of the marriage to fully consent to the union
- Impotence: If one spouse is permanently unable to have sexual intercourse
- Incest: If two spouses are related closer than first cousins
- Fraud: If one spouse lied or hid important information that’s essential to the marriage
- Duress: If one or both spouses were under threat of harm, or otherwise forced or coerced into getting married
In any of these instances were present at the time of your marriage, then the marriage becomes an unenforceable agreement, and thus can be terminated quickly. For the select few who qualify, this could be a quick and simple solution to getting out of a marriage and on with your life independently without the hassle and time consuming difficulty of a traditional divorce.
Contact the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC and learn more about the annulment process today!