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Westerville Ohio Divorce Attorney | termination of your marriage part two

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How to determine what type of termination of your marriage is appropriate for your case, part 2.

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One method a lot of people ask about is: Annulment. It is often believed that it would be faster and less expensive to just treat the marriage as if it never happened. This is generally not true:


An annulment can only be used to terminate a marriage as following:


  1. To terminate a void marriage, meaning the marriage was never legal in the first place (i.e.: a bigamous marriage, or underage marriage).
  2. To terminate the marriage based upon certain factors occurring prior to the marriage, such as fraud, duress, or lack of capacity to enter into a marriage.
  3. To terminate a valid marriage, based upon non-consummation.


There are good reasons for getting an annulment. Religious considerations, habitual intoxication, or lack of mental capacity may be reasons to seek an annulment. However, if you have children or property together, treating a marriage as if it never happened may not be a good solution.


To further complicate the question of an annulment is the legal concept of “ratification” which may make valid a marriage, which would otherwise be void or void-able.


While annulment is a valid and appropriate means to terminate your marriage, the rules regarding its application are complex. If your goal is to terminate your marriage fast and cheap, an annulment should not be your first choice. If you have other reasons to want an annulment of your marriage, you should seek a family law attorney. This is not a “do it yourself” type of action.


Westerville Ohio Divorce Attorney | Terminating your marriage


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So, you are ready to terminate your marriage. The first question that you need to answer is what method of termination will be the most appropriate for your case. There are three basic ways to terminate your marriage:






Because there are Three (3) primary options to choose from, this may be a hard question to answer on your own. It’s not always about what method of termination you may want, but which method will most likely fit your situation. Some options are more expensive than others, but as this is a crucial factor in how your future and the rest of your life will be determined, although important, cost should not be your first priority.


How do you know what type of case you need? That is where an attorney will help direct you. However, there are a few things to think about to help you decide which method will work best for you, these will be discussed next week.


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