How is a marriage annulled?
Annulment is a declaration by the court that a marriage was not legally valid or had become legally invalid. Under English law an annulment may be granted for a number of different reasons, including if the marriage hasn't been consumated, if either party was already married at the time of your marriage and other more technical legal reasons.
The grounds for obtaining an annulment are not always straight-forward and you will need to discuss your particular circumstances in detail with a family lawyer who specialises in this area of law.
You must apply to the court to annul the marriage by presenting a 'Nullity Petition' within a reasonable period of time, and in many cases this will be within three years of the marriage. There is no requirement to have been married for 12 months before applying.
How long does it take and how much does it cost?
If you are eligible and the case is uncontested (ie both parties agree to the annulment) it will take between six to eight months to process.
Unlike divorce, which, if it is uncontested is usually done on paper and requires neither party to attend Court, for an annulment you will have to make a court appearance.
In a case which is uncontested and will be heard in a Court local to a Woolley & Co, lawyer we can arrange an annulment for a fixed fee of £1,410 plus VAT and the Court fee of £410.00.
In some cases another party can oppose the annulment – this can sometimes result in your lawyer needing to obtain and produce for court of lot of additional evidence and in some instances the court case is long and involved too. In these circumstances talk to Woolley & Co, solicitors about handling your case on an hourly rate basis.
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