Divorces and annulments are legal ends to a marriage. A divorce says a marriage took place, but the marriage has ended.
An annulment is like a divorce, but the court voids the marriage or makes it invalid. In some cases, it erases the marriage altogether. It’s like the marriage never happened.
Not every marriage can be annulled. Here are a few situations that may warrant an annulment:
- One or both spouses are under the age of 18
- One of the spouses was already married to someone else
- The marriage was obtained by fraud or force
- One or both spouses lacked the mental capacity to agree to the marriage
- The spouses are related (in Oregon, that’s first cousins or closer)
When an annulment happens shortly after marriage, Oregon courts generally allow both parties to keep the assets they had prior to the nuptials.
To learn if your marriage qualifies for an annulment, and what may happen to your property if your marriage is annulled, contact Ronald Johnston today. He’s a venerated divorce attorney in Portland OR with more than four decades of experience practicing family law.