An annulment is different from a divorce. Both have the function of ending a marriage, but an annulment applies only to marriages that were never valid to begin with, whereas a divorce does not impact the legal recognition and validity of the marriage. Once granted, an annulment will wipe away the marriage as though it never took place.
Many people assume they can get an annulment if they apply within a short time frame after the marriage. In Louisiana, however, that is not the case. A valid marriage cannot be annulled simply because one spouse has a change of heart. Even a days-old marriage may only be ended through divorce, except in rare circumstances.
How To Get An Annulment
Only a court can grant an annulment. Pursuing one requires filing a petition with the appropriate court and establishing that your marriage meets one of the specific legal grounds for annulment, which include:
- Lack of consent (for example, due to coercion)
- Bigamy (if one spouse was already legally married)
- Absence of a proper ceremony
- Incest (if the spouses are closely related)
In some situations, an annulment can still result in property division and an award of alimony, similar to a divorce.
Get Answers And Real-World Guidance
If you or your spouse is seeking to end the marriage for any reason, you should always consult with a skilled family law attorney about your situation. In the Greater New Orleans area, you can turn to Betsy A. Fischer, LLC. We handle divorces and annulments for clients throughout the region.
Our lawyer will apply more than 20 years of family law experience to analyze whether you can qualify for an annulment. If you instead need to pursue divorce, we are well-equipped to guide you through the divorce process from start to finish.
Contact Us For Annulment Information
To arrange an initial consultation, contact our Metairie office at 504-780-8232.