A marriage annulment in Texas is a court order that sets aside the purported marriage of the parties and returns them to a status as though they had never been married to each other. The rules governing annulments of marriages of persons under the age of 18 are different and broader than those governing adults.
Adults who do not have children together may seek a marriage annulment in Texas if the marriage took place within 72 hours after the marriage license was issued. This is only granted under cases where a spouse has made an important misrepresentation that persuaded or influenced the other spouse to marry them.
The underlying concept of an Annulment is that for some reason one of the parties did not voluntarily give his or her informed consent to the marriage. In a very real sense, the marriage annulment in Texas views the marriage as though it were never contracted and as though there never was any marriage.
A marriage annulment in Texas is usually granted in the case of two adults if one or both of the parties were under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the marriage, if there has been concealed impotency, if there has been a fraud, duress, or force used in obtaining the consent of a party to the marriage, and for a few other more obscure reasons. There are many reasons why a person may wish to remove all indications of them being married to another party.
Reasons For Annulments
There are several reasons that one may be able to seek a marriage annulment in Texas. Each of these has specific circumstances that help support the case for annulment.
If you were misled or forced into getting married, you may be able to seek an annulment in Texas. This is annulment under fraud, duress, or force.
If you were intoxicated on substances and could not legally consent to the marriage, you may be able to seek an annulment.
A spouse who conceals impotency at the time of marriage may face an annulment in Texas.
However, if the parties cohabitate after the time the "innocent" party learns about the matter concealed or is otherwise free from the disability, an annulment will likely be unavailable, and the party seeking an end to the marriage will have to seek a divorce.
Divorce is a much more costly, drawn-out process than annulment. It is essential if you’re seeking a marriage annulment in Texas to get in touch with legal counsel immediately. Competent legal counsel is essential in order to determine your rights if you are considering seeking an Annulment or defending yourself in an Annulment action.