Do I qualify for an Annulment
You may qualify for an Annulment
Many people believe that only individuals who have been married for a very short period of time can get an annulment. In Utah, that's incorrect! Though many short marriages are annulled, the law doesn't give a maximum marriage period for annulment.
How is a divorce different than an annulment?
A divorce is a legally valid marriage that the courts dissolve, terminate, or end. An annulment is a court order declaring that the marriage is void, and there was no legally binding marriage to begin with.
What are the grounds for annulment in Utah?
There are quite a few different grounds for annulment in Utah:
Marriage between close relatives
Marriage when one of the spouses already has another living spouse
Certain marriages between children who are under 18
Marriage procured by fraud that goes to the heart of the marriage. This usually means that one party was dishonest about something that induced the other party to marry, and if the former party had been honest, the latter would not have wed. For example, a husband who lies about not having any children from a prior relationship, and after the marriage, the surprised wife learns she has step-children. She may not have married her husband had he been honest with her.
Can I still get other court orders, such as child support if I get an annulment?
The court will make child support, child custody, and property division orders in an annulment case. However, the court will not order alimony in an annulment case, because alimony is spousal support, and if there was no marriage, then there can be no spousal support.
The SeegLawUtah attorneys are happy to evaluate your case to determine whether you qualify for an annulment. Please call us at 385-404-0725 to schedule your appointment.
Dissolving the marriage is the primary purpose of getting a divorce.
If the parties have children, the court will have to enter orders regarding child custody. Joint custody is most common, but courts will award one party sole custody in many circumstances.
If there is marital property, which is property acquired during the marriage, the court will need to divide it.
If a marriage is longer-term, and there is a disparity of income, alimony will probably be a consideration.
There are strict requirements about the child support meeting the Utah guidelines, but there are some circumstances where the court will deviate from the guidelines.