New York City Annulment Attorney
Seeking to Annul Your Marriage? Contact Our Firm Today.
If you have been married, and you realize that the marriage was a mistake
based on certain facts that were not necessarily true, then you may be
able to obtain an annulment rather than a
divorce. An annulment essentially declares the marriage null and void, while a
divorce dissolves the marriage entirely. At Eiges & Orgel, PLLC, we
have helped thousands of clients achieve the results that they need; find
out how we can put our three decades of experience to work for you.
There are two basic categories for annulment in New York:
- Void marriages
- Voidable marriages
A void marriage is one that is not legal and is therefore automatically
void. Technically, a legitimate annulment is not required for these situations.
An incestuous marriage is automatically void and is described in
New York DRL §5 as an ancestor and descendant, a brother and sister of either full or
half blood, an uncle and a niece or an aunt and a nephew. Another void
marriage is one where a previously thought deceased spouse is found to
be living under
New York DRL §6. Finally, a void marriage is one which is solemnized by an individual
who is not authorized under
New York DRL §11.
There are a number of voidable marriages according to
New York DRL §7 and it is important that you have legal assistance in pursuing annulment
of marriage under any of the following grounds:
Under age of consent – If the parties are under 18, then the signature and consent of
either parent of the parties is required. If the parties are under the
age of 14, then the parties cannot legally be married.
Incapable of consent – Mental illness may render a person incapable of understanding the
Impotency – The inability to consummate the marriage due to an incurable condition
aside from mere sterility.
Duress, force, or fraud – A marriage must be entered into of the parties' own free will,
and under no false pretenses.
Incurable mental illness – A condition causing mental illness for five years or more will
warrant an annulment.
How Long Do I Have to Annul My Marriage?
The state of New York is unique in that the grounds for an annulment are
most commonly "fraud." Fraud means that a spouse is claiming
some sort of deception on the part of the other spouse. Void marriages
in New York can happen by way of: the relationship being found to be incestuous,
the former spouse found to still be living, one or both individuals found
to be under age and without consent, and a few other factors. Because
the marriage is not technically “valid,” there is no time
limit for obtaining an annulment in New York – no amount of time
will ever validate the marriage.
Our New York Divorce Attorneys Are Here to Help
Whatever circumstances you are facing, you can be sure that our firm will
work with you to pursue the results that you need. We understand the emotional
hardship that you may be experiencing, and you can be sure that we will
stand by you and work to help you achieve the future that you desire.
We have helped thousands of clients throughout our years of practice,
and you can be sure that we will work to help you achieve the circumstances
that you desire.
When you choose to work with Eiges & Orgel, PLLC, we will begin with
an in-depth consultation to evaluate the situation as well as your desires.
We will then work to develop a strategy that effectively pursues your
desires for your future. Contact our office today to discuss your situation
and to begin the process of retaining the skilled legal assistance that
you need on your side. Our New York City divorce lawyers are ready to
help you through this difficult time.
Contact Eiges & Orgel, PLLC today to discuss your options with an experienced divorce attorney.