In a legal annulment, the court is basically saying that the marriage was void and never really occurred in the first place. Minnesota Statute § 518.02 lists the reasons where an annulment may be granted:
- A party lacked capacity to consent to the marriage at the time the marriage was solemnized, either because of mental incapacity or infirmity and the other party at the time the marriage was solemnized did not know of the incapacity; or because of the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other incapacitating substances; or because consent of either was obtained by force or fraud and there was no subsequent voluntary cohabitation of the parties;
- A party lacks the physical capacity to consummate the marriage by sexual intercourse and the other party at the time the marriage was solemnized did not know of the incapacity;
- A party was under the age for marriage
If you believe that you may be able to obtain an annulment and are interested in doing so, contact the family law attorneys at Heimerl & Lammers today. We will discuss the consequences of a legal annulment, and make sure that you do still satisfy the requirements for it.
Timing is Important – Contact A Minnesota Marriage Annulment Lawyer
Timing in obtaining an annulment is very important. There are strict requirements for how long you knew about the conditions listed above and when you start the legal action. Also, certain actions done after the basis for an annulment is discovered can bar you from getting an annulment. For example, if you continue to live with your spouse after finding out that your spouse misrepresented something to you at the time of the marriage to convince you to follow through with it, then you are basically saying the actions were acceptable and the court will not grant an annulment.
If you are considering your options and want to discuss alternatives to a divorce action, contact the family law attorneys at Heimerl & Lammers. We are available for free consultations and are able to advise you on the proper course of action for you.
The Minneapolis marriage annulment attorneys at H&L are here to help you through this process. Contact our Minnesota family law firm today to see how we can help you. It often can become overwhelming and difficult to handle without the assistance of professionals. We are here to help guide you through the process, and we will make sure that you understand every step of the way.
Call us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Minneapolis, Minnesota divorce lawyer or attorney at (612) 294-2200 or in St. Paul at (651) 777-1811.