Annulments differ in several ways from divorce proceedings.
A divorce is the dissolution of marriage vows and the formal end to a marriage contract. Annulment, by contrast, is the reversal of the marriage vows as if they had never occurred. An annulment is generally granted in cases where the marriage was deemed invalid. At Birz Law, we can help you to navigate the complexities of annulment law and can help you to determine whether annulment or divorce is the right choice for you.
Why Choose an Annulment?
An annulment offers certain advantages over traditional divorce proceedings, including the following:
- Some people prefer to terminate their marriage by way of annulment for religious reasons.
- Alimony and spousal support payments are much less likely to be awarded in annulments.
- An annulment essentially erases the marriage rather than dissolves it, making it easier for couples to make a fresh start.
Not all couples can qualify for an annulment. Both New York and New Jersey have strict requirements about what constitutes grounds for an annulment in these states.
Grounds for Annulment
Annulments in the states of New Jersey and New York may be granted if any of the following conditions apply:
- If one of the parties to the marriage is already married to someone else and the other party was not aware of this fact at the time of the marriage
- If the marriage was performed under severe duress or coercion
- If one of the parties to the marriage is incapable of having sexual relations and failed to disclose this information to the other party before the marriage
- If one party knows that he or she is not able to have children but fails to tell the other party prior to the marriage
- If the marriage was entered into under false pretenses or because of fraud on the part of one or both parties
- If the marriage is a sham that was intended to improve the immigration status of one party
- If the marriage was conducted while one or both parties were incapacitated by alcohol or drugs
- If one or both parties are underage
- If the marriage is to a closely related blood relative, as in cases of incest
In most cases, annulments must be filed within a few years of the marriage or as soon after the issue is discovered as possible. Annulments are granted to both parties regardless of fault or responsibility. Jenny Birz can provide you with expert guidance on whether a divorce or an annulment is the right choice for you.
The Right Options for Clients in Our Area
Jenny Birz has the experience and the proven expertise you need to navigate the legal system in the states of New York and New Jersey. Birz Law is committed to providing the best and most practical options for divorce and annulment proceedings, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of having a qualified and knowledgeable attorney working on your case. Our team of legal professionals will work with you to ensure that you receive the best guidance and support throughout your legal proceedings.
If you are considering an annulment or divorce in New Jersey or New York, Birz Law can provide you with expert help that can ensure that your case is handled quickly and that you achieve the most positive outcome possible. Give us a call today at 201-701-1218 to schedule an initial consultation. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you and your family.