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At Jimeno and Gray, our experienced team helps clients in Maryland navigate the annulment process. If you need support from a professional annulment lawyer, you’ve come to the right place.

Understanding the grounds for an annulment versus when you need to consider a divorce lawyer can be confusing. Annulment proceedings can involve strong emotions and complexities, and having an experienced lawyer by your side can make this transition easier.

At Jimeno and Gray, we handle all the paperwork for you, making the process as efficient and stress-free as possible. We understand that dissolving a marriage isn’t easy, so our attorneys work hard to streamline everything for you.

What Is an Annulment?

An annulment is a legal proceeding that erases the existence of your marriage. Annulments have specific qualifications because the courts prefer to grant divorces instead. Annulments require you to prove that the marriage was invalid in some way.

If the court grants you an annulment, it essentially means your marriage was never valid. Annulment agreements may still include property protection, child support, and alimony allocations. Annulments do not deem children illegitimate.

Automatically Void and Voidable Marriage Qualifications in Maryland

You have two options for qualifying for an annulment. First, you may prove that the marriage was void at the time of the ceremony, which means that it is and has always been invalid. Second, you may claim that the marriage is voidable, even if your spouse objects, which allows you to challenge the marriage’s validity.

Qualifications for void, invalid marriages at the time of the ceremony include the following:

  • You or your spouse was legally married to someone else. 
  • You and your spouse were related by blood, violating Maryland marriage laws.
  • You or your spouse was not of sound mind.

Qualifications for a voidable marriage requiring a validation challenge include the following:

  • You or your spouse was younger than 18 without appropriate consent abiding by Maryland law.
  • Consent was forced or obscured via fraud, force, or duress.
  • You or your spouse did not understand the consent.
  • The ceremony did not follow Maryland legal requirements.

Many complexities and unique scenarios can apply to the rules above, making annulments rare in Maryland. If you think you may qualify for an annulment, contact our team to discuss your case further. Your annulment lawyer can help you develop a case that positions your marriage as void and invalid.

How to Seek an Annulment in Maryland

To annul your marriage, your annulment lawyer will help you through each of these steps:

  1. Determine eligibility
  2. File an official annulment complaint in court
  3. Serve the complaint to your spouse
  4. Testify in front of a judge

Seek Legal Support with a Professional Annulment Lawyer

You should not attempt to complete the complex annulment process without legal support. Our family law attorneys can help you navigate the proceedings in an efficient and effective way. Contact Jimeno and Gray in Glen Burnie, Maryland, at 410-590-9401 to speak with an annulment lawyer about your needs.