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There are two ways to legally end a marriage in Colorado – divorce or annulment. Annulment is a rare legal process, but it can be beneficial for those who qualify.
Many married couples assume that getting their marriage annulled is the easiest way to legally end their marriage. But in reality, being granted an annulment or declaration of invalidity, as it is called in Colorado, is no easy feat. Likewise, because of a no-fault divorce, getting a dissolution of marriage, commonly called divorce, is a much easier way to end a marriage. To know if you qualify, speak with an Aurora, Colorado annulment attorney.
Annulment is a complex legal process that is often more challenging to navigate than a no-fault divorce under Colorado law. The major difference is that an annulment makes it so the marriage never legally happened in the first place, while a divorce simply legally ends a marriage. Some people wish to seek an annulment because they do not believe in divorce for religious purposes or to overturn legal issues they faced due to marriage, such as a loss of benefits.
While divorce and annulment both end a marriage, they are actually very different from each other. With a divorce, a valid marriage will be terminated. But with an annulment, the marriage will be considered invalid and treated as if it did not actually happen at all.
Getting an annulment is difficult because it’s not enough to prove that the marriage has broken down, as is the reason for most divorces. Instead, those seeking an annulment should prove one of the below legal grounds for annulment.
In a divorce case, you must simply show the marriage is broken, but to obtain an annulment, you must demonstrate that the marriage was legally invalid for a specific reason. Some reasons that might qualify for an annulment include:
If none of the above apply to you, a divorce will be your option to end the marriage.
You must file for an annulment within a certain time of when you learned of the reason for the annulment. For example:
No, only one spouse must file for an annulment for it to be considered by the court. If you think you have reasons to file for an annulment, speak with a lawyer immediately.
To learn more about how annulment works in Colorado and if you qualify for it, please contact the CNL Law Firm, PLLC, at 720-370-2171 or online to arrange your consultation with our Colorado annulment attorney.