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An annulment may be needed if you think that your marriage may not be legal. However, the grounds for annulment are not always straight forward, so legal advice is often necessary.

Reasons for annulment if the marriage is ‘void’ and should not have taken place:

Reasons for annulment if the marriage is ‘voidable’ because of one of the following factors:

Unlike a divorce there is no requirement to be married for a year before applying for an annulment, but you must present a ‘nullity petition’ within a reasonable time period, normally up to 3 years but depending on your individually circumstances. If too much time has lapsed, a Judge may refuse an annulment.

How Long Does an Annulment Take?

If you are eligible for annulment and both parties agree to it the process takes six to eight months to go through.

Unlike a divorce an annulment will require you to attend Court even if both parties are in agreement.

However due to the complexities involved in getting evidence for annulment, it could be a lengthy process if contested.

Hattons Can Help

It is important to employ a solicitor, such as Hattons Solicitors, who has the skills to advise you on your best course of action. We can advise you of your best options with regards to the annulment and answer any concerns or questions that you have before deciding to proceed.

We work closely with our clients to keep them informed about their cases and our clients can also access our online file view system to find out where their case is up to at their own convenience.

Click here to find out about the limited legal funding options available for specific types of family law cases.

We cover all aspects of family law and offer very competitive rates and payment plans to ease the financial pressure. Costs can be discussed at the initial appointment. Click this link to check if you qualify for Legal Aid or not.

If you have questions about an annulment call our expert family law solicitor on 0800 298 9690 or alternatively fill in the Get in Touch form to the right of this screen.


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