Unlike a dissolution of marriage or divorce, an annulment occurs when a marriage is legally invalid due to a defect that existed when the marriage was first entered into. Simply put, a court decree declares that the marital status never even existed in the first place. In order to annul a marriage, you must be able to prove one of the six defects that are given as grounds for annulment in Ohio.
The spouse or a parent of the spouse may seek an annulment of the marriage, but must take action within a time period of two years. First, you will have to fill out the proper court forms and file a petition with the county clerk. Next, you will have to serve the forms to the other spouse. Finally, you will need to set up a date for a court hearing.
Getting an annulment can be complex and confusing, and it is important to have experienced Columbus family lawyers to assist you through the process. From helping you fill out and file paperwork properly to collecting necessary documentation and evidence to resolving issues regarding children, money, and property, our team at Weis + O’Connor is able to assist you and work towards the best possible result in your situation.
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