Michigan Annulment Attorney
Whatever the reason, sometimes you make a rash decision to get married one night only to find out in a day or two that you made a mistake. Whether it was due to a drunken or drug filled night or under a threat to your own personal safety – sometimes marriages were simply not suppose to be. This is where the law of annulment comes in. Unlike divorce, anannulment erases the marriage from ever happening. However, getting an annulment is not as easy as simply erasing the yet-to-dry ink on the marriage certificate. There are many complex steps and evidentiary burdens of proof that must be shown to the court. This is why getting an annulment requires the legal expertise of a Michigan Annulment Lawyer.
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An annulment is too specialized of a procedure to try to do it on your own or even to hire a general practioner. In fact, the majority of attorneys – even those practicing for years – will never have done an annulment before. That’s how specialized and unique they are. In order to ensure you get your annulment done right, you need a Michigan Annulment Attorney who understands this complicated legal procedure.
As a Michigan Annulment Lawyer who has handled numerous annulment procedures – including those based on grounds of incompetence and beingunder duress – our attorneys understand the complexity of the issues involved. In order to make sure your annulment gets the professional attention it deserves, you need the experience of a Michigan Annulment Attorney.
Attorney Jannelle J. Zawaideh is a Michigan Annulment Lawyer dedicated to providing you the best in legal services with the personal, one-on-one commitment only found in a small law firm like The Law Offices of Jannelle J. Zawaideh. To start discussing your potential annulment, call our offices at 248-356-0600 and schedule a Free Phone Consultation with one of our Michigan Annulment Attorneys.
Annulment versus Divorce
Anannulment was originally started by various religious groups who were fundamentally opposed to a divorce. Whereas a divorce is a legal procedure that terminates a marriage, an annulment acts like the marriage never even happened. In technical terms, a decree of divorce issued by a court recognizes that at one time there was a valid marriage which has since been dissolved by order of the court. On the other hand, an annulment is a court decree stating the marriage was not valid in the first place.
Grounds For Annulment
In order to get an annulment in Michigan, specific requirements must be met in order to show that no valid marriage took place. The grounds for marriage annulment may vary according to the area ofjurisdiction, but generally include marriages that involve under age parties, blood relationship, or the absence of mental or physical capacity including the following:
- Either spouse was already married to someone else at the time of the marriage in question;
- Either spouse was too young to be married, or too young without required courtor parental consent. (In some cases, such a marriage is still valid ifit continues well beyond the younger spouse's reaching marriageable age.)
- Either spouse was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the marriage;
- Either spouse was mentally incompetent at the time of the marriage;
- The consent to the marriage was based on fraud or force;
- Either spouse was physically incapable to be married (typically, chronically unable to have sexual intercourse) at the time of the marriage;
- Themarriage is prohibited by law due to the relationship between the parties. This is the "prohibited degree of consanguinity", or blood relationship between the parties. The most common legal relationship is 2nd cousins; the legality of such relationship between 1st cousins varies around the world.
- Prisoners sentenced to a term of life imprisonment may not marry.
- Concealment (e.g. one of the parties concealed a drug addiction, prior criminal record or having a sexually transmitted disease)
Jannelle J. Zawaideh – Your Michigan Annulment Attorney
Without a Michigan Annulment Lawyer, you may find yourself staying in an invalid marriage for too long – thus missing your window of opportunity for getting an annulment. In general, the longer the marriage is allowed to go on, the less likely it is that a court will grant anannulment. In order to know whether an annulment or a divorce is the best choice for your situation, you should begin by immediately consulting a Michigan Annulment Attorney.
The Law Offices of Jannelle J. Zawaideh specialize as Michigan Annulment Lawyers. They provide a highly personalized and attentive approach to the law that can only be found at a small law office.
Call us today and schedule your FREE PHONE CONSULTATION. The first step is to get informed and have your marital situation professionally analyzed by a Michigan Annulment Attorney. The Law Offices of Jannelle J. Zawaideh offer reasonable fees and payment plansand all major credit cards are accepted. In some cases, a flat fee can be arranged.
In the case of the Catholic Church, a member who wishes to remarry after a failed marriage or to marry a non-Catholic person who has been divorced must have the prior marriage nullified. This process is not a legal process in any form,but rather a religious process. The nullification process of the Catholic Church examines the attempted marriage to see if it was actually a valid Christian marriage as understood by the Catholic Church. If a valid marriage did not exist, then the person is still free to marry. The list of grounds for nullification of a marriage by the Catholic Church is quite lengthy.
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