A competent and experienced Portland Oregon divorce attorney, like Ronald Johnston, can help guide you through the complex and misunderstood procedure of annulments.
An annulment and a divorce both dissolve a marriage, but there’s a big difference between the two. A divorce says a marriage happened but has ended. An annulment says the marriage never happened.
Not every marriage qualifies for an annulment. Here are some circumstances where a marriage can be annulled:
- One or both spouses are underage.
- One of the spouses is also married to someone else.
- One of the spouses was coerced into saying “I do.”
- One of the spouses consented to the marriage under duress.
- The marriage occurred through force or fraud.
- One of the spouses lacked the mental capacity to agree to the marriage.
- The spouses are related to one another (first cousins or closer).
If an annulment occurs shortly after the marriage, courts generally allow the parties to keep their property. Also, annulments don’t affect the legitimacy of children born during the marriage and it does not affect child support.
Again, annulments can be complicated and confusing. Contact an experienced Portland Oregon divorce attorney, someone like Ronald Johnston, to help you through the process.