When you get married you sign a contract that legally binds you and your partner together. An annulment is legally defined as a declaration that the marriage never took place. Any contract that was signed is, therefore, void. An annulled marriage never took place under UK law.
A marriage can be annulled for a number of reasons that include:
- The people that are married are closely related
- One of the people in the marriage was forced into marriage by duress
- A partner in the marriage has been granted a full gender recognition certificate
An annulment lawyer specialises in family law. They have experience of dealing with marriages that need to be annulled. Note that if one of the partners in the marriage does not cooperate with the annulment process, the marriage will continue to be legally valid. Your annulment lawyer can advise you on the best cause of action if your partner is fighting the annulment itself.
If you are involved in an arranged marriage an annulment lawyer may be able to help you with your case. It is a criminal offence to force a person into marriage. UK law currently has a civil procedure to prevent forced marriages taking place.
You can apply for a Forced Marriage Protection Order from the police. An annulment lawyer can help you with these orders if you want to apply for one, or have other issues regarding the status of your current or pending marriage. Also available to help you is the Honour Network that you can contact on0800 5999 247.
The services of a lawyer can be invaluable if you are involved a marriage that you think may be illegal under UK law. A specific annulment lawyer is particularly useful if your application for annulment is challenged. Always use a solicitor to represent you, as these types of cases can be highly complex.
If you would like to obtain legal advice about annulment procedure, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist annulment lawyer / solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local annulment lawyer / solicitors please call us on 0800 5999 247 or complete the web-form above.
- Last Updated on 13/02/2012