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Assisting Ohio Couples with Annulment Proceedings

Unlike a divorce, an annulment effectively erases a marriage as if it never happened. Since the criteria for annulment is very specific in Ohio, it can be difficult to achieve. If you feel that your marriage should be annulled, our Columbus annulment attorneys at Grossman Law Offices can carefully review your situation and offer creative solutions to help you achieve your goal. With over 40 years of experience and a compassionate, time-tested approach to these sensitive matters, you can trust that we will handle your case with the sensitivity and care that it deserves.

If you would like to have your marriage annulled, call our firm right away. Should we feel that dissolution or divorce is a better option, we can recommend those options to you.

How to Get an Annulment in Ohio

One of the factors you may consider before deciding to pursue the path or marriage annulment is what goes into the process. In Columbus, Ohio, the basic steps to declare your marriage annulled include:

  1. Determine your eligibility for an annulment: There are specific grounds for annulment in Ohio, including:

    • Fraud

    • Duress

    • Physical incapacity

    • Bigamy

    • Underage marriage

  2. Hire an attorney:

    • It is highly recommended to hire a Columbus annulment attorney to guide you through the legal process.

  3. File a petition for annulment:

    • Once you have a valid reason, your attorney will help you file a petition for annulment, which formally begins the legal process.

  4. Attend a hearing:

    • A hearing will be scheduled, during which you and your spouse will present evidence and arguments to support your positions.

  5. Wait for the Judge's Decision:

    • After the hearing, the judge will make a decision on whether to grant the annulment. If granted, the marriage will be considered invalid, and the couple will be treated as if they were never married.

Keep in mind that the annulment process in Ohio can be complicated and time-consuming, and the burden of proof rests with the person seeking the annulment. It is important to work with a qualified attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights.

Advantages of an Annulment

States often provide multiple ways for couples to become separated from each other by law, both on a permanent and a temporary basis. In the state of Ohio, married couples have three options for ending their existing marriage: divorce, dissolution, and annulment. While divorce is the termination of a marriage deemed valid, annulment proceedings will identify the marriage as “invalid” in the eyes of the state.

Declaring a marriage annulled means that it never legally occurred. Therefore, when filling out tax forms or other legal documents, you can legally say that you were never married, rather than having to submit that you were divorced. Annulments are not for every situation but are appropriate in some cases.

Common Questions About Annulment in Ohio

What is the difference between dissolution & annulment?

Where annulment means that the marriage was legally invalid, dissolution is more similar to divorce, in that it ends a legal marriage between two adults. Unlike filing for divorce, however, there is no option to cite “fault” as grounds for the dissolution of marriage. Instead, both parties must come to a harmonious decision on property division, child support, child custody, and other important matters. Learn more

What are the grounds for an annulment in Ohio?

There are many possible grounds for annulment in Ohio, including:

  • The marriage was never consummated
  • One member was forced into the marriage
  • One spouse was underage at the time of the marriage
  • A spouse entered into the marriage to get a Green Card
  • A spouse was mentally handicapped or disabled at the time of the marriage
  • A spouse committed fraud in order to enter into the marriage by any other means

While you generally only have two years to petition for annulment, there are some instances where you may be able to seek annulment no matter how much time has passed. For example, because of Ohio’s laws against bigamy, those who discover that their partner is married to another living person may file for annulment at any time during the lifespan of the parties.

Will I have to go to trial for an annulment?

Whether or not you go to trial will depend on the nature of your annulment. There are two types of annulments in Ohio: void and voidable. When the marriage is considered void automatically, you will not necessarily need a court order. Those with voidable marriages, however, will need to petition the court and cite one of the grounds listed above. Please contact a family law attorney to determine whether your potential annulment fits one of these categories.

Our Team Can Help File Your Time-Sensitive Petition

In Ohio, you have two years from the date of the marriage to file for an annulment. Due to the narrow window of time, it is important to act quickly for your petition to have the highest chance of success. Our annulment lawyers in Columbus work quickly and efficiently to submit the appropriate paperwork, ensuring that your case has adequate information to give your application the best chance at success.

Contact our firm today at (614) 344-4311 for more information regarding your specific situation and whether or not an annulment is an option. We have handled a countless number of cases similar to yours.

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