Bergen County Annulment Attorney
Many people are familiar with the legal process of a divorce and its purpose to end a marriage. Fewer people know about the process of annulment and why a certain marriage might qualify for an annulment. If you need a Bergen County annulment attorney, the compassionate family lawyers at Arons & Solomon, P.A., can help you with this delicate matter.
If you are seeking an annulment, you need a family law attorney that has extensive experience. At Arons & Solomon, our knowledgeable family law and divorce attorneys understand this less-common legal process and we offer free consultations. Please contact our Bergen County, NJ law firm today to get started on your case.
How Can Arons & Solomon Help Me If I Need an Annulment?
Since 1994, Arons & Solomon has dedicated itself to serving Bergen County families. We know family law matters can be emotionally stressful. We work to offer an attorney-client relationship that supports you through your difficult time.
We have over 150 years of collective experience practicing family law in Bergen County, NJ, and surrounding areas, from our offices in Hackensack, NJ.
When you trust our Bergen County divorce lawyers with your annulment case, here’s what you can expect:
- Personalized representation and response. When you call our law office, you will speak to an attorney. We maintain an intentionally selective caseload to ensure we can give the appropriate time and attention to each matter.
- Detailed documentation. Many of the grounds for annulment involve facts proven by documentation. We will help you obtain copies of the necessary documents to get your annulment.
- Supportive and compassionate advice. Of course, our goal is to offer the best legal advice we can given the circumstances of your case. But we support our clients and offer empathy throughout this emotional process, from start to finish.
- Active communication. As in, active listening and actively keeping you updated on the status of your case. We listen to our client’s needs and work to develop a legal strategy to achieve their goals.
- Familiarity with New Jersey courts. Each attorney at Arons & Solomon has at least 20 years of experience practicing. We are familiar with the local family courts and the state laws.
Far more than just legal advice, the accomplished Bergen County family law attorneys at Arons & Solomon offer a dedicated legal team to guide you through your annulment process.
If you are needing an annulment, contact the Bergen County annulment attorneys at Arons & Solomon today. We are ready to listen to your story and get started working for you.
Overview of an Annulment
Perhaps annulment is best understood by beginning with what it is not: divorce. The traditional divorce process ends a valid, legal marriage. Following a divorce, matters such as alimony, child custody, child support, and division of property are resolved.
Annulment, as a civil legal matter, is also not the same as a religious-based annulment. Some religions have established “canon” laws that govern marriages as they are defined by the church. These churches have their own courts and annulment process to dissolve a marriage deemed to be invalid by the church.
Annulment, unlike an uncontested or contested divorce, invalidates a marriage or civil union that was performed in violation of the law of the state of New Jersey.
What Are the Grounds For an Annulment in New Jersey?
New Jersey allows for annulments under the following circumstances:
Party Has Not Yet Reached the Age of Majority
In order to have the legal capacity to marry, a person must be 18 years of age or older. Before we had near-instant access to digital information databases, it was much easier for lovestruck adolescents to falsify age records to obtain a marriage license.
Nevertheless, a marriage performed when either spouse was under the age of 18 is not a valid marriage. In the modern age, this ground for annulment is becoming increasingly rare to see.
Mental or Physical Incapacitation of a Party
If either spouse was mentally or physically unable to understand that they were entering into a marriage, that marriage may be annulled. The most common example of this is when a party is severely intoxicated.
This doesn’t just mean that one party or the other had a few drinks before the ceremony. No, instead think of the kind of blackout-drunk weddings you’ve seen in the movies. Sometimes, that happens in real life, too.
If you find yourself in this situation, the discreet family law attorneys at Arons & Solomon are willing to provide a judgment-free experience as we work hard to get your marriage annulled.
Fraud or Serious Misrepresentation
If one party to a marriage induces the other one to marry them with untrue statements or material misrepresentations that directly affect the marriage, the marriage may be subject to annulment. Some examples:
- Knowingly misrepresenting a willingness or ability to have children, including concealing known sterility
- Intentionally concealing a pregnancy or child from a prior relationship
- Failing to disclose a previous marriage when a spouse’s religious beliefs prohibit second marriages
These aren’t little white lies about food preferences or favorite colors, but major issues that might have influenced a person’s will to marry, if they had known the truth.
Bigamy and Incest
If either party had a living spouse from whom they were not legally divorced at the time of their marriage, the second marriage constitutes bigamy. Bigamous marriages can be annulled.
In some states, if the bigamous spouse had a good-faith belief that they were divorced or their first spouse was deceased, the marriage can be considered valid. However, if both spouses knew of the existence of the first marriage and entered a bigamous marriage, they may not be granted an annulment because doing so is a federal crime.
Incest, or marriage between relatives within several degrees of blood relationship, is also a reason for an annulment.
Like marriages before the parties have reached the age of majority, these grounds for annulment are less common now that digital records can be accessed in courthouses around the country before marriage licenses are granted.
Representing Clients in Annulment Proceedings Across Northern New Jersey
At Arons & Solomon, P.A., our attorneys have decades of individual experience and more than a century of combined experience helping clients navigate complex family law disputes – including annulments. We’re ready to help you work toward this goal, too.
We represent clients throughout Bergen County and across Northern New Jersey, including:
- Franklin Lakes
- Upper Saddle River
- Old Tappan
- Saddle River
- And other areas
Give our law offices in Hackensack a call to discuss your annulment case today.
Contact Our Bergen County Annulment Attorneys Today
If you meet the grounds for annulment under the law, you will need to seek an annulment in the New Jersey courts. We understand the complicated life situations that sometimes lead to the need for an annulment. Our consummate professionals will offer a judgment-free environment. Reach out to our law office today for a free consultation.