An annulment is different from divorce and it is important that these differences be taken into consideration. A divorce (dissolution of marriage) is the termination or ending of a legal marriage. An annulment means the marriage never existed at all, and is referred to as a “Declaration of Invalidity.” It most often occurs within the first year of marriage and is considered somewhat rare.
The attorneys at Eagle Law Offices, P.S. can answer your questions about qualifying reasons for seeking a Declaration of Invalidity. If any of the below applies to your situation, a Declaration of Invalidity may be the appropriate legal relief:
• Either or both parties were underage at the time of the marriage.
• One or both partners were already married or in a domestic partnership at the time of the marriage in question.
• Both persons are discovered to be blood relations.
• Either or both people were mentally incapacitated at the time of the marriage, such as under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• The marriage was forced upon the individuals by another party or parties.
Consult the family law professionals with Eagle Law Offices, P.S. at 206-426-6961 to determine whether you should proceed with an annulment (Declaration of Invalidity) or a divorce (Dissolution of Marriage).
Eagle Law Offices, P.S. is ready to serve and answer any questions regarding your marriage dissolution or other family law needs in Tacoma.