How long after marriage can you get it annulled? 26 Answers as of June 11, 2013

We got married a few months ago and we would like to just get an annulment. Is this possible?

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Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
It depends. There are only a few circumstances that permit annulment. What is the basis of wanting an annulment as opposed to a divorce?
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 8/30/2011
Beaulier Law Office
Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
An annulment under law is unrelated to the length of marriage. In order to seek an annulment, there must be some basis in law which may include fraud, coercion, duress.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 8/29/2011
Willick Law Group
Willick Law Group | Marshal S. Willick
Maybe.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 6/9/2013
Horizons Law Group, LLC
Horizons Law Group, LLC | Michelle B. Fitzgerald
It is possible in some circumstances.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 8/26/2011
Cody and Gonillo, LLP
Cody and Gonillo, LLP | Christine Gonilla
Yes.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
Replied: 6/9/2013
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
    In the state of Washington, there is currently no such thing as an "annulment." In Washington, you have only three choices to unwind a marriage. They are: 1. Divorce. 2. Legal Separation. 3. Declaration of Validity. A divorce ends the marriage, divides property and debts, and deals with children and child support. A legal separation is for people who, for whatever reason, cannot get divorced, but want to go their separate ways. The legal separation divides the debts and property and deals with children and child support, if any. So, financially, the parties are now two separate entities. However, they are still married to each other. A declaration of validity is for the situation in which two people should, for legal reasons, never have been married in the first place. For example, suppose you got drunk and married your first cousin. This would likely be an appropriate case for a declaration of validity. So, in your situation, unless you fall into one of the specific categories that the statute lists for a declaration of validity, your best bet is probably a divorce. If you have been married only a few months, the process should be relatively easy in your case.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    We recommend you retain a divorce lawyer concerning your rights and options. Generally, annulment is limited in Georgia, but a simple uncontested divorce might work. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    The Davies Law Firm, P.A.
    The Davies Law Firm, P.A. | Robert F. Davies, Esq.
    Yes, and your situation may be the appropriate for an annulment. I can help you with this. Give me a call, make an appointment to come see me, and let's get moving on this for you. No charge for the telephone call and no charge for the first office visit.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    You will probably need to file for a divorce. The grounds for an anulment are you are related, either party was married to another person at the time of your marriage, one of you was mentally incompetent, one of you was under the age of consent.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner | Roianne Houlton Conner
    An annulment is only issued if the marriage is not valid such as one of the parties was married at the time of the marriage to the second person. If the marriage was valid then you must get a divorce.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Law Offices of Paul A. Eads, A.P.C.
    Law Offices of Paul A. Eads, A.P.C. | Paul A. Eads
    What are the grounds? Annulment is only available if specific grounds are proven.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Law Office of Patricia Van Haren
    Law Office of Patricia Van Haren | Patricia Van Haren
    There are limited grounds for an annulment in California. One is where there is a bigamous marriage and the other is a marriage based on fraud. For both causes of action, you would need to prove the grounds for the annulment. It sounds like you need a Summary Dissolution which is a simple divorce for persons who have been married less than 5 years, have no children and no assets.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Hugo Florido ESQ.
    Hugo Florido ESQ. | Hugo Florido
    There must be a legal basis for an annulment. Time is not a factor.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
    Generally, either 6 month or 12 months, depending on the specific reasons. Colorado does not have laws permitting an annulment. Instead, the statutes refer to having a marriage declared invalid and that can occur only for specific circumstance set out in the statute. You should consult Colorado Revised Statutes 14-10-111 for the details.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Donaldson Stewart, PC
    Donaldson Stewart, PC | Monica H. Donaldson Stewart
    The length of the marriage does not matter - in order to have the marriage annulled, there must be some legal flaw that affects the validity of the marriage itself. If there is not such a legal flaw, then you would have to seek a divorce. I encourage you to speak with an attorney to determine your best course of action.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Bagwell Holt Smith Jones & Crowson, P.A.
    Bagwell Holt Smith Jones & Crowson, P.A. | John G. Miskey IV
    There are specific grounds for annulment that can be raised at any time. Speak with an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Meriwether & Tharp LLC
    Meriwether & Tharp LLC | Patrick Meriwether
    In order to obtain an annulment, you have to prove the marriage was invalid from the start. That is governed by the Georgia code section below: 19-3-5. What marriages void; legitimacy of issue; effect of later ratification (a) Marriages of persons unable to contract, unwilling to contract, or fraudulently induced to contract shall be void. However, the issue of such a marriage born before the marriage is annulled and declared void by a competent court shall be legitimate. (b) In the case of persons unwilling to contract or fraudulently induced to do so, a subsequent consent and ratification of the marriage, freely and voluntarily made, accompanied by cohabitation as husband and wife shall render the marriage valid. In the case of a marriage void on one of the grounds specified in paragraphs (1) through (3) of Code Section 19-3-2, after removal of the impediment to marriage, a subsequent free and voluntary consent and ratification of the marriage accompanied by cohabitation as husband and wife shall likewise render the marriage valid.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Ashman Law Office
    Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
    Length of time in Georgia is irrelevant. One second after a valid marriage you CANNOT get an annulment but must do a divorce. Annulments only happen when the marriage was never legal (such as where your spouse was already married).
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Beresford Booth PLLC
    Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
    In some counties it is possible by agreement. In other counties, you need to have a legal reason (e.g., fraud, prior undissolved marriage, etc.).
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/11/2013
    Law Office of Joseph A. Katz
    Law Office of Joseph A. Katz | Joseph A. Katz
    The sooner the better with an annulment. Unless, of course, you are Janet Jackson and have a great deal of money. In that case, six years is all right. There are other examples of longer time periods(and a lot of fraudulent, perjurious filings)but in general, you should seek the annulment within a reasonable time after first becoming aware of the grounds for annulment, or becoming aware that the circumstances constituted grounds for annulment.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    To annul a marriage it is not about time, it has to do with the reason. California allows annulments for fraud, or if you married a minor, a person who did not have capacity, or if the other spouse was already legally married. Just because the marriage was short does not really give grounds for an annulment. If you got married and it just does not work out, you might still need to get a divorce.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller | Jody A. Miller
    An annulment is only available if the marriage isn't valid for some legal reason; length of marriage has nothing to do with it. Therefore, if your marriage was not invalid (i.e., one of you was underage, fraudulently induced to marry, intoxicated to the point you had no idea what you were doing), then one of you will need to file for divorce; an annulment is not a legal option.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/25/2011
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    There is no such thing as "annulment" in Washington, legally speaking.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/11/2013
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