If you are considering an annulment, you need to consult with an experienced Illinois divorce attorney today. The laws regarding annulment are exacting, and whether or not your situation is eligible is a question for a dedicated divorce attorney with considerable experience handling these highly specific legal matters. Better understanding annulment basics, however, can help.
One of the best ways to get a better handle on what it means to obtain an annulment is by comparing it to divorce. A divorce is the dissolution of a valid marital contract, and it ends a marriage that was legally viable. With an annulment, however, the court finds that the marriage wasn’t valid to begin with. This means that if your marriage is annulled, you will proceed as if you were never married to begin with. If your annulment is not retroactive (going back to the date your marriage was initiated), the court will address all the usual terms of divorce that apply to your situation, including:
If your annulment is retroactive, which is more common, you’ll need to move forward with a separate proceeding for any of the above that apply. You will not, however, need to worry about the legal legitimacy of your children. In the State of Illinois, your children remain the lawful children of both you and their other parent even if your marriage ends in annulment.
Because an annulment negates the marriage itself, there are only specific grounds for annulment that apply, including:
These are factors that are legally significant enough to void a marriage, and if one applies to your situation, you may be able to obtain an annulment rather than a divorce.
The trusted Illinois divorce attorneys at Andrea Heckman Law are well equipped to help you find the best path forward – whether it is divorce or annulment – for you (in your unique situation). We’re here to help, so please don’t wait to contact us for more information today.
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