Las Vegas is known as the marriage capital of the world with an average of over 100,000 marriages performed a year in Clark County. Marriage licenses in Las Vegas are cheap and easy to obtain, with minimal requirements. But what happens when you want to get out of that Las Vegas marriage? You might be considering an annulment, but it may not be as easy to get out of that marriage, as it was to get into it.
One of the most commonly misunderstood areas of family law is that of annulments. Not every marriage is eligible for an annulment, which is why it is so important that you consult with a knowledgeable Las Vegas annulment attorney to understand your options. Having an attorney who can aid you during this difficult time can make this challenging process somewhat easier to cope with. You need someone who is willing to fight for you and your future.
From a legal standpoint, if your marriage is terminated via an annulment, it is as if your marriage never happened. You can legally deny ever being in that marriage. This can be important for many personal, financial and religious reasons. If you were married in Nevada, you do not have to live here in order to file an annulment, as long as you meet the legal requirements for an annulment.
Requirements For an Annulment in Nevada
Under Nevada law, your marriage is automatically void if: 1) there is a close familial relationship between you and your spouse (no closer than second cousins), or 2) if you or your spouse was already married to someone else in Nevada. In these cases, your marriage is void even without a decree of annulment being entered. If you meet either of these criteria, and your marriage is automatically void, it may still be beneficial, and you may want, to obtain a decree of annulment.
If you do not meet either of the two criteria above, you may still be entitled to an annulment in Las Vegas if other specific requirements are met. For example:
Lack of understanding (or insanity) by you or your spouse
Fraud or lies that led you to get married to the other party, but only if you file immediately after discovering the fraud
Lack of consent from a parent or guardian, if legally required
Any reason for which a contract would be declared void (undue influence, duress, mutual mistake, etc.)
Impacts of an Annulment
If your annulment is granted, it is as though you and your spouse were never married. This can have huge impacts on division of property and debts, and alimony, or the lack thereof. Children you had with your spouse, though, are still seen as legitimate. Unless someone else is proven to be the father, the male spouse is still assumed to be the legal and biological father of those children.
You may want to get an annulment, but are you legally able to do so? The first step in answering that question is to contact Shawn M. Goldstein. He is a Las Vegas annulment lawyer who has successfully obtained many annulments, who knows the law regarding annulments and how to carefully prepare and file the appropriate paperwork to get your annulment granted. Contact Shawn M. Goldstein to start the annulment process today.