Boynton Beach Annulment Lawyer
While divorce is the legal remedy for ending a lawful marriage, it is not available in situations where there are questions about the validity of the marriage. Whether due to the background of the parties or underlying circumstances, the union might be considered void. In Florida, annulment is the option for putting an end to a marital relationship that was never legitimate. Through an annulment, you request that the court find that there was no marriage in existence and you never wed the other person. The process offers legal protection for your finances and future.
The Law Office of Taryn G. Sinatra, Esq. focuses on all areas of family law, including annulments. We are knowledgeable about the relevant grounds, and our team has extensive experience in court for annulment cases. Please contact our firm today to speak with a Boynton Beach annulment lawyer. We can schedule a consultation to discuss details, but you may benefit from reviewing some background.
Getting an Annulment in Florida
The state does not have a statute on annulments, but the laws in this area come from the decisions of courts over the decades. These cases have established rules on eligibility, as well as what happens after an annulment is granted. Specifically, neither party will have any claim or right regarding the other’s real estate, personal property, or other financial interests. In divorce, spouses do have rights in these areas.
An important point is that annulment does not affect paternity of children conceived or born during the marriage that was never legal.
You may qualify for annulment in very specific situations, including:
- One party was already married when trying to marry the other party;
- A party lacked capacity to consent to the marriage, such as because of impairment by alcohol or drugs;
- One person was under age 18 and did not get consent from parents;
- Someone was under duress at the time of getting married;
- A party was impotent, and the other did not know about the condition when marrying; and,
- One person engaged in misrepresentations to entice the other to marry.
Steps in the Legal Process
A judge must approve any request for annulment, so you will need to file a petition in court. In it, you will state that the marriage was never legal for the reasons stated above. The Law Office of Taryn G. Sinatra, Esq. will advocate for you through the process, gathering evidence, preparing the petition, and filing documents in court. A South Florida annulment lawyer will also represent you in court, especially in cases where the other party disputes annulment and seeks divorce instead.
Count on a Boynton Beach Annulment Lawyer for Assistance
There is more to the process than filling out court paperwork, so it is wise to retain legal counsel for help with annulments. If you are looking into this option for a void marriage, please contact The Law Office of Taryn G. Sinatra, Esq. to learn more about whether you qualify. We can set up a case analysis with a Boynton Beach annulment lawyer.