For expert advice and help getting a marriage annulled, please contact the specialist annulment solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers. Call us on freephone 0808 175 8000 or use our online contact form and we’ll get in touch.
Unlike a divorce, which is the legal process of ending a marriage, an annulment effectively declares that the marriage never took place as it was not legally valid for one or more of a number of technical reasons. In other words, an annulment is a declaration by a court that a marriage isn’t legally valid, deeming it ‘null and void’.
Provided that your circumstances meet the strict conditions for annulling a marriage, there are a number of reasons why you might want to go down this route. For example, there may be certain cultural or religious reasons why you wish to avoid getting a divorce. You might also not want to wait for a year to legally separate from your partner, which you must do before you can seek a divorce.
Not every marriage qualifies for an annulment. In fact, most couples will need to get a divorce in order to legally end their marriage. In order to get an annulment, your marriage must be deemed to be either ‘void’ or ‘voidable’. The first category, void marriages, relates to marriages that were never legally valid when entered into. For example:
If any of these criteria apply to your marriage, it won’t have been legal in the first place and it should be relatively straightforward to have your marriage annulled.
The second category is voidable marriages. Cases that fall into this category include the following:
If you aren’t sure whether your circumstances may qualify you for an annulment, our specialist annulment solicitors will be happy to advise you. Please call freephone on 0808 175 8000 or start your enquiry using our online form.
If you wish to start the annulment process, the first step is to contact the annulment solicitors at Slater and Gordon. As one of the largest law firms in the UK, we’ve offices all over the country in locations including Manchester, London, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Cardiff. Wherever you live, a team of personal and family law specialists are standing by ready to help.
All you’ll need to do is provide some details about your marriage and circumstances, and our solicitors will ask a few essential questions to establish whether or not you’ll qualify for an annulment. If both parties agree to the annulment, this means it's uncontested and the process should be straightforward as long as you meet the necessary criteria.
If one party disagrees and chooses to contest the annulment, our solicitors will then need to gather evidence and put a case together to prove that the marriage is invalid. In many cases, an annulment can be granted in as little as three to five months. However, if the annulment is contested or there are complicated or unusual circumstances which your solicitor will need to handle on your behalf, it can take longer.
Contact Slater and Gordon’s annulment solicitors to find out more about how long you can expect your case to take, and how to start the process. You can call us on freephone 0808 175 8000 or use our online contact form.
The process for annulling a civil partnership is very similar to annulling a marriage. Please contact our annulment solicitors by calling freephone 0808 175 8000 for legal advice on the next steps to take.
If you choose Slater and Gordon Lawyers to assist you with your annulment, you can benefit from complete peace of mind about the costs. Many of our personal and family law cases are priced on a fixed fee basis, where all costs are explained in detail at the start. This means no nasty surprises or unexpected bills, and you know exactly how much you can expect to spend.
Annulment cases aren’t always straightforward, particularly if you’ve unusual circumstances or are required to provide evidence to a court that your marriage is not legally valid. This is why it’s very important to have a solicitor working for you with considerable expertise in this area of family law. Our highly trained, experienced solicitors can be counted on to provide advice and guidance you can trust, and to represent you in your case. Slater and Gordon Lawyers are industry leaders when it comes to family law and our solicitors have extensive experience in annulment and divorce cases.
If you need our help, please don’t hesitate to contact our annulment solicitors on freephone 0808 175 8000 or use our online contact form to make your enquiry. We aim to make the annulment process as easy, stress-free and simple as possible for our clients and will be there for you each step of the way.