Does your marriage qualify for an annulment?

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2022 | Divorce

There’s more than one option when it comes to ending your marriage. While most people automatically think of divorce, an annulment may be possible in some situations.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of confusion about this topic, when it is possible and what situations it applies to. Learn more about annulment in Michigan here.

What is an annulment?

Annulment is the ending of a marriage by a judge. It’s only possible if the judge finds proof that the marriage was not legal.

Some people have tried to seek an annulment for their marriage in Michigan to avoid religious or cultural elements that prohibit divorce. This is not possible, as an annulment doesn’t work like that. While religious annulments are available and provided by your clergy, they don’t have any legal impact on your marital status.

When is an annulment in Michigan possible?

For an annulment to be possible, there must be a factor that makes your marriage illegal. There also must be proof that it was illegal.

Some of the times that an annulment is possible to end a marriage include:

  • If relatives are married
  • One party was already married and other cases of fraud
  • Parental consent wasn’t provided for individuals between the ages of 16 and 18
  • One or both parties is under the age of 16
  • One party was forced into the marriage

However, getting an annulment is determined on a case-by-case basis. There could be other situations that would qualify you for this divorce alternative.

Seeking an annulment

If you believe your marriage qualifies for an annulment, it’s best to act fast. In some situations, you have just two years to request this option. Knowing your rights and how to end your marriage will help you know what options you have.