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Is an Annulment Different From Divorce?

Yes. A divorce terminates a marriage but an annulment states that the marriage is invalid based on one of a number of qualifying legal factors… The marriage is essentially void. From a legal perspective, it is as if the marriage never occurred. If you want to annul your marriage, the court needs sufficient proof that the marriage is eligible for annulment based on one of the factors that that qualifies for annulment.

How to Get an Annulment

To grant an annulment, a Colorado court will need sufficient proof that the marriage actually qualifies for annulment. A Denver annulment lawyer from Colorado Legal Group has the experience needed to help you make that case.

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Grounds for Annulling a Colorado Marriage

Colorado requires that residency requirements be met and that either party proves that grounds for an annulment exist. The grounds that make a marriage eligible for annulment include:

  • The marriage between the parties is legally prohibited by Colorado law.

  • Either party had a spouse living at the time of the subsequent marriage.

  • Either party was mentally ill or mentally challenged at the time of the marriage.

  • The marriage was incestuous.

  • The marriage was induced by force or fraud.

  • Either party was impotent at the time of marriage.

  • Either party could not legally consent to marriage and/or were underage and did not obtain parental consent.

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Seeking an Annulment?

It is in your best interests to speak with qualified Denver annulment attorneys who have a thorough comprehension of the state’s annulment laws. Call 720.594.7360 or get started with a complimentary case evaluation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are annulment and divorce the same thing?
No. A divorce terminates a marriage but an annulment states that the marriage was invalid. The marriage is essentially void.

Can annulment be contested?
Yes, and annulment proceedings are, in fact, often contested by the other party. The burden is always on the party seeking annulment to show that at least one legal factor applies to their marriage that qualifies the marriage for annulment.

How long do annulments take?
Annulments do not take nearly as long as divorce proceedings, but they do not happen overnight either. After filing a petition for annulment, the other party has 21 days to file an answer to the petition. The court will ultimately set the case for a hearing (essentially a trial), and the parties will be allowed to provide evidence to the court to support their cases. How long this takes in large part depends on how long it takes the court to set the matter for hearing, which depends on how busy their dockets are at the time the case is to be heard.

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