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Understanding Annulment

If you are contemplating filing for a divorce, there are a few procedures that you should be aware of during your situation. People often confuse divorce with annulment, and it’s important that you understand the difference between the two. You may find that an annulment is the most beneficial option in your situation.

In the state of Texas, an annulment is defined as a legal process to declare that a marriage is null and void. Essentially, this means that the state of Texas believes your marriage never existed. To be eligible for an annulment, there are certain qualifications that you must meet. If your spouse was already married during the time that you were being married, you are legally allowed to have an annulment. When you find out that your spouse is still married to someone else, you are legally allowed to file for an annulment because of extenuating circumstances.

Another situation might be if you or your spouse was under the influence of a drug or alcohol substance during the wedding. In that situation, you would also be allowed to file for an annulment because you were not mentally capable of making a decision to that degree.

Divorce proceedings are different because you were aware of the contract you were entering when you married, but now you are having irreconcilable differences. Unlike an annulment, a divorce is defined as the ending of a legalized marriage. This also means that you recognize that the marriage happened, but you now, for whatever reason, do not want to be married to your spouse anymore.

For more information on annulments, contact the Denton divorce lawyers of Alexander and Associates at 972-420-6560.

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