Using an annulment lawyer


When you get married you sign a contract that legally binds you and your partner together. An annulment is legally defined as a declaration that the marriage never took place. Any contract that was signed is, therefore, void.

An annulled marriage never took place under UK law.

When can you annul a marriage?

Getting married is a legally binding union after you have signed your marriage contract, but in some circumstances it is possible to annul a marriage. If an annulment is granted this means that legally your marriage never took place.

Even if you signed a contract, once your annulment is granted your marriage contract is null and void. This is different from divorce.

A marriage can be annulled for a number of reasons that include:

  • One party was already married
  • One party was under the age of 16 at the time the marriage was conducted
  • The marriage was not consummated
  • One party has a sexually transmitted disease and this was not known by the other party prior to marriage taking place
  • One party was pregnant by a third party at the time the marriage was conducted but this was not known by the other party prior to marriage taking place

What does an annulment lawyer do?

An annulment lawyer specialises in family law. They have experience of dealing with marriages that need to be annulled. Note that if one of the partners in the marriage does not cooperate with the annulment process, the marriage will continue to be legally valid. Your annulment lawyer can advise you on the best cause of action if your partner is fighting the annulment itself.

The services of a lawyer can be invaluable if you are involved a marriage that you think may be illegal under UK law. A specific annulment lawyer is particularly useful if your application for annulment is challenged. Always use a solicitor to represent you, as these types of cases can be highly complex.

What should you do if you are in an arranged marriage?

If you are involved in an arranged marriage an annulment lawyer may be able to help you with your case. It is a criminal offence to force a person into marriage. UK law currently has a civil procedure to prevent forced marriages taking place.

You can apply for a Forced Marriage Protection Order from the police. An annulment lawyer can help you with these orders if you want to apply for one, or have other issues regarding the status of your current or pending marriage. Also available to help you is the Honour Network that you can contact on 0800 5999 247.

If you wish to make an application for annulment Contact Law can transfer you to lawyers experienced in annulment who can assess your eligibility and give you the legal advice you need. Our annulment lawyers also have experience in dealing with marriages made under duress.

It is illegal in the UK to force an individual into marriage and our lawyers can provide advice on making a Forced Marriage Protection Order to protect you.

For further information on this area of law, see our advice page on annulment.

Are you considering annulling your marriage? Contact Law works with specialist family lawyers around the country who are apt to deal with marriage annulments and can make the application on your behalf to save time. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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