No matter what the romantic or the religious might like to say, marriages are not made in heaven and there is nothing fairy tale about them. Especially when one of the parties has been tricked or forced into marriage, is a minor and so on. Both Christianity and Judaism have a process by which the marriage is declared as never to have taken place, thereby declaring each of the parties as free. In Christianity, it is known as Annulment and in Judaism, it is known as Get, which frees a woman, especially from the duties towards the man she had married. Unlike divorce, however, which recognizes that though there was a marriage it did not work out, an annulment removes every trace of the marriage from the registry books. It declares the marriage null and void and treats it as if it never happened in the first place. The only thing an annulment does not derecognize is the children borne out of such a marriage. Those who do not wish to go for messy divorce procedure and have a genuine case for declaring their marriage as null and void, can opt for an annulment rather than a divorce. Here’s how to get an annulment.
Getting Annulment For Your Marriage
Here’s all you would like to know before getting your marriage annulled.
Everything’s Not Quite Right
To be able to get an annulment, especially a Catholic annulment, you need to prove that there was some serious mistake committed at the time of your marriage and that things are not what they were shown to be. This will further your cause when you try to say that you want the marriage to be declared null and void. This is different from getting a divorce, because the divorce does not scrap your marriage off from the registry books or declare that it never happened.
Sound Me The Reason
It would do you well to get to know the permissible reasons for annulment of a marriage. Some common reasons that are accepted for annulling a marriage are as follows:
- If one of the parties involved was underage or a minor
- If one of the parties did not know that she or he was getting married
- If for some reasons, the marriage could not be consummated
- If one of the parties was forced or tricked into agreeing for the marriage
- If one of the parties was mentally ill or mentally unfit for marriage
- If one of the parties was already married to someone else.
Attorney Needed Anyone?
Since there is only so much you can do in terms of getting information about the whole process of annulment, it would do you good to hire an attorney or a lawyer who you can trust and who will tell you all about the nitty-gritty of the whole process, the risks involved in it and how to make our case better in case of any unforeseen turn of events.
Divided We Stand (Apart)
Though an annulment is different from marriage in the sense that it declares the marriage to have never taken place at all, for all practical purposes, it behaves like a divorce case too. Even in an annulment, the property, the assets, and the debts too are divided equally among the partners. In fact, the custody of children borne out of this marriage is also supposed to be fought for, just like in a divorce.
Child, Not To Blame
Having known that an annulment declares the marriage as null and void and never to have taken place at all, many might fear that their children will be rendered illegitimate. There is, in fact, no need to worry since the children are never to be blamed or made to suffer the ill effects of it – they are considered completely legitimate and either of the parents can vie for the custody of the children.