This is the first post in a series discussing annulments of marriage in Las Vegas, Nevada. Given the number of weddings that occur in Las Vegas on annual basis, questions about having a marriage annulled are fairly common. Despite popular belief, however, this option is only granted in certain limited circumstances. The goal of this series is to provide information about how annulments differ from divorces and to clarify common misconceptions about the process. Consulting with a divorce lawyer can help you understand your options. If you were married in Las Vegas or are a Nevada resident and are considering annulling your marriage, contact my office today to speak with an attorney.
In this series, we will discuss several topics, including:
- How annulments differ from divorce
- Seeking an annulment on the basis of fraud
- Seeking an annulment on the basis of incompetence and lack of capacity
- Filing for divorce instead of annulment
- Filing for annulment when a spouse cannot be located
These issues are important for a variety of reasons. First, there are significant legal distinctions between a divorce and an annulment. When a marriage is annulled, it is as if it never actually happened. This difference may have a major impact on the rights of each spouse going forward. Second, annulments may only be obtained on specific grounds, such as the occurrence of fraud or lack of capacity of one of the parties at the time of the marriage. An understanding of what types of behavior will justify an annulment can help manage expectations. Third, given the limited situations where an annulment may be granted, most couples will pursue a divorce instead. Fourth, if one spouse cannot be located there are certain procedures that must be followed to terminate the marriage. A qualified divorce and annulment attorney can assist with the process and help ensure that the legal requirements are handled correctly.
Given the potential long-lasting consequences of ending a marriage, understanding whether your situation may qualify for an annulment is essential. My office has extensive experience with family law and is dedicated to representing our clients in these matters. If you or someone you love is terminating a marriage, contact my office today to speak with a Las Vegas lawyer.