How Much Does An Annulment Cost?
As mentioned, the majority of annulments cost between $500-$5,000. Exact costs will depend on the type of agreement you and your-soon-to-be-ex spouse enter into. For example, signing a joint petition for annulment can lower the cost compared to instances where one spouse files alone.
Prices for annulments will vary based on location. Each and every state has its own regulations related to this process.
These are the typical annulment costs:
- Lowest Cost: $500.
- Average Cost: $1,000.
- Highest Cost: $5,000.
Grounds For An Annulment
Under Arizona law, there is a list of “void and prohibited marriages.” Any marriage that falls in this category is not recognized by the state as valid. Arizona prohibits marriage between parents and children, between grandparents and grandchildren, between whole or half-blood brothers and sisters, between first cousins (but only under certain conditions), and between uncles or aunts and nieces and nephews. Same sex marriage was also once considered “void and prohibited”. However, recent Supreme Court rulings have changed that. Same sex marriage is now legal and the law of the land.
There are other reasons a spouse can request an annulment, such as fraud, deception, coercion, intoxication (when getting married), underage marriages without parental consent, mental illness, “mock” marriages, inability to consummate the marriage, bigamy, and incest. To know for sure if your marriage can be annulled, get family law help in Scottsdale.
If the couple has children, the annulment proceedings will determine which party should be responsible for the children. The court may not recognize certain property as “marital assets” if the marriage is considered void. You should contact a lawyer with specifics to find out how annulment proceedings may affect children or assets. Annulment compared to divorce can generate a significantly different outcome in property allocations in any divorce or annulment scenario.
An annulment is a legal process that dissolves a marriage that at least one of the parties believes should never have happened. The legal grounds for annulment vary by state, but they usually include the following:
- One or both of the spouses were coerced or duped into marrying.
- Due to a mental disability, drugs, or alcohol, one or both spouses were unable to make a decision to marry.
- At the time of the marriage, one or both spouses were already married (bigamy).
- One or both of the spouses were under the age of marriage.
- It was an incestuous union.
- One spouse hid a major problem, such as substance abuse or a criminal record. From one, a child, and from the other, an illness.
- An annulment is much less common than divorces because one of these conditions must be met and proven in court for it to be granted.
- Both types of divorce can be costly and time-consuming in the courtroom. And they both begin with one or both spouses filing a formal divorce or annulment petition with the court.
- If both parties agree to end the marriage without many disputes or disagreements about how to do so, either a divorce or an annulment can be simple and inexpensive.
Annulment Vs Divorce
Divorce is the process of legally dissolving, terminating, and ending a legally valid marriage. Divorce dissolves a legal marriage and declares the spouses single once more. Annulment: A legal decision that declares a marriage null and void, indicating that the union was never legally valid. The marriage records, however, remain on file even if the marriage is erased.
The basis for an action—the reasons why a decision is justified—is referred to as “grounds” in legal terms. There are several reasons to seek a divorce rather than an annulment. The primary reason for ending a marriage is that one or both spouses wish to separate.
When the parties acknowledge that the marriage existed, they seek a divorce, which is far more common. When one or both of the spouses believe that the marriage was legally invalid in the first place, they seek an annulment.
Canterbury Can Help With Marriage Annulment In Arizona
Marriage annulment is a term many people have heard of, but only a few really understand. Forget about what you may have heard about annulment on TV. There are actually two types of marriage annulments: civil and religious. A religious annulment is granted by a religious institution like a church and its clergy. Civil annulment is granted by a court of law and affects your legal civil status. This article explains civil annulment. Learn more about Marriage Annulment In Arizona.
The Canterbury Law Group should be your number one choice for when you need an annulment in Phoenix or Scottsdale, Arizona. Our experienced family law attorneys will work with you side by side to achieve the best possible legal outcome. You can trust Canterbury Law Group to represent you fully, so you can get on with your life. Call today for an initial consultation!
*This information is not intended to be legal advice. You can contact Canterbury Law Group today to learn more about your unique situation.