What You Should Know About Annulments in New Jersey

There are various reasons why a couple would consider having their marriage annulled, and if you believe that you may wish to have your marriage annulled, our firm is here to help. Please continue reading and reach out to our knowledgeable Bergen County divorce attorneys to learn more about annulments and how our firm can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How are annulments different from divorces?

There are various differences between annulments and divorces, though the main difference between the two is that divorce acknowledges the marriage, and divorce terms such as child support, spousal support, and child custody will have to be negotiated, while annulments simply make it as if your marriage never happened. There are various reasons why couples would wish to get their marriages annulled, such as for religious purposes, as certain religions do not recognize divorce.

How do I know if I can have my marriage annulled in New Jersey?

There are various grounds for annulments in New Jersey, some of which are as follows:

  • You may annul your marriage if you were married while under the age of 18.
  • You may have your marriage annulled if you were either intoxicated or mentally incapable of understanding the commitment you were making at the time.
  • You may have your marriage annulled if you were married under the conditions of coercion, deceit, fraud, or other outstanding circumstances that may have prevented you from getting married in the first place.
  • If you were married and your spouse had another living spouse at the time of your marriage, you may have your marriage annulled on the grounds of bigamy, which will essentially make your marriage illegal. However, if both you and your former spouse knew that he or she was already married and you were married anyway, you may not have your marriage annulled, as this would be considered a federal crime.
  • You may have your marriage annulled if incest was involved.
  • If your spouse lied about his or her fertility before marriage, you may request an annulment upon realizing the lie.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to speak with our knowledgeable firm today. We are here to help in any way we can.

Contact our experienced Bergen County firm

At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to understand and protect their legal rights before, during, and after the divorce process in towns across New Jersey and Bergen County, including Hackensack, Ridgewood, Paramus, Teaneck, and Fort Lee. To speak with our team of divorce lawyers today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your concerns about your divorce, please contact us online, or through our Hackensack, NJ office at (201) 397-1750.

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