Marriage is a legal contract between two individuals. Pursuant to Illinois law, a valid marriage contract exists when the parties understand the terms of the contract. The court may find a marriage invalid or voidable from the outset of the marriage if the marriage originated by fraud or deceit. If the court finds the marriage invalid or voidable, the couple cannot obtain a divorce and must instead obtain an annulment.
An annulment treats the marriage as though it never happened by declaring the marriage legally null and void. The court may grant an annulment when certain situations exist. An annulment turns back time and the court returns the couple to the their respective status before they entered into the marriage. A couple may seek an annulment when fundamental flaws exist within the marriage from its onset. Illinois law, 705 ILCS 5/301, sets forth a limited number of situations in which the court may deem annulment of the marriage as proper. Some of those situations include the following:
Upon discovering the invalidity of a marriage, the parties should consult with a family law attorney as soon as possible. The professionals at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group can help you to determine whether you are eligible for an annulment and provide you with guidance on how to best proceed. Please call us at (312) 445-8830 to schedule your legal consultation.
There are many factors to consider when contemplating divorce, and a pre-divorce planning session can help you begin to plan for a divorce. Please contact the professionals at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group by calling (312) 585-6604 or clicking here to schedule a consultation.
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During these unprecedented times, we want to assure you that our attorneys are ready and available to help you with any of your family law needs. Whether you are inquiring about a divorce, custody, or domestic violence situation, we remain committed to our clients and those in need. Indeed, we have been offering remote and tele/video conferencing to clients for over 6 years and are more than prepared to continue our normal work from our homes.
Please note also that Domestic Violence, which is far more prevalent even during normal times than almost anyone would imagine, may be amplified by the external stressors everyone is experiencing right now. Help is available and Emergency Domestic Violence Court remains open. If you are in danger, call 911 and ask for immediate police assistance. Once you are in a safe place, contact us immediately to discuss your legal options to stabilize the situation.
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