What is an Annulment?

If you’re currently going through a divorce, you know the hardships that decision brings. No matter how contentious or smooth the relationship may have been, bringing it to a close is no easy task. Divorces are costly, both financially and emotionally. The investment you’ve placed in the other person over the years isn’t easy to step away from. But what happens when the vows your marriage was based upon were false to begin with? How can you have a separation when, at least legally speaking, there was no union to begin with?

In such instances the couple splitting up can pursue what is known as an annulment. If you’re interested in an annulment and have questions, contact the Law Office of Rick D. Banks to speak with an annulment attorney.

For over 15 years our firm has helped people make educated decisions about their separation proceedings. Like regular divorce proceedings, annulments must be treated with a great deal of sensitivity and understanding. Sometimes the circumstances that have led to this decision or situation are quite difficult. No matter what the case may be, our office is prepared to help your family with compassion, discretion, and professionalism.

For more information about our annulment attorney services, or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (559)222-4891.

Why Choose an Annulment?

When a couple chooses a divorce, they’re ending the “contract” that they originally entered into by getting married. From that point forward, the marriage agreement they had is null and void. Annulments function in a completely different way. If a couple is seeking an annulment, they can strike the marriage from the record entirely. In an annulment, it’s as if the marriage never took place.

The reasons for choosing an annulment rather than a divorce are varied. But, generally, reasons for an annulment fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • One of the people in the marriage was threatened or coerced into it
  • One or both of the people in the marriage were underage at the time and failed to receive the proper consent from their individual families
  • One or both of the people in the marriage made false or fraudulent statements that the other was unaware of
  • Either one of the people involved in the wedding were lacking in mental facilities, emotionally distressed, or intoxicated at the time
  • The marriage was incestuous in some capacity

Your Fresno Annulment Attorney

At the Law Office of Rick D. Banks, we’re here to help you achieve your legal goals and start your life over. When you’re ready, give our team a call at (559)222-4891.