Annulment: Well Known, Rarely Used
It’s a common theme for entertainment programs, two of the characters get intoxicated and they get married by mistake. Oops. So what do they do, well they get an annulment. In reality, however, that scenario really doesn’t play out that often. As usually what makes for good entertainment isn’t very firmly rooted in reality.
Utah’s Annulment Rules.
In Utah there are a couple of statutory reasons a person can get an annulment, such as: one of the parties was already married, one of the parties was under the age of 18 and did not get parental consent, one of the parties was under the age of 16, or the parties were closely related or of the same sex, both of which are illegal marriages in Utah. If the couples situation isn’t covered by statute then there are some common law methods for an annulment as well. Common law simply means that it is law established by precedent or previous cases before the court, and it has not been written into law by statute. The possible common law reasons for annulment are misrepresentation by one of the parties, or refusal to consummate the marriage.
Looking for an Annulment?
If you believe that you fit into one of these categories and qualify for an annulment and would like to pursue one, then call the attorneys at Salcido Law Firm for help. An annulment is basically the courts way of saying that the marriage never existed and does not entail the same processes as a divorce. A lawyer will be able to study the case law and determine what your options are.