Divorce refers to the legal dissolution of what was a valid marriage. Your divorce can be no fault or can be predicated on any of the following fault-based grounds (although you must be able to prove to the judge’s satisfaction that the claim of fault is true):
The commission of a felony that leads to at least one year of imprisonment
Abandonment for a period of at least a full year
One spouse’s admission to a mental healthcare facility
Lives that are separate and apart from one another for at least three years
In the course of your divorce, you and your divorcing spouse will be required to hammer out mutually acceptable terms regarding all of the following that applies:
The division of your marital property
Your child custody arrangements (read more about child custody matters)
If you are unable to find common ground, the court will be required to intervene on your behalf.
Alimony is a different legal beast entirely. The premise behind alimony is that the marriage in question – which did in fact happen – was never valid to begin with. As such, the annulment nullifies and voids the marriage entirely. If your marriage is annulled, the result will be as if you were never married in the first place. The grounds for annulling a marriage in the State of Texas include all of the following:
At least one of you was too intoxicated at the time of your marriage to provide meaningful consent.
At least one of you was underage at the time of your marriage.
At least one of you lacked the mental capacity to consent to your marriage.
One of you was induced to marry through either duress, fraud, or force – if, for example, you were tricked into the marriage.
You and the other party are related to one another.
At least one of you failed to disclose that you had been granted a divorce in the 30 days prior to this marriage.
Your marriage took place less than 72 hours after your marriage license was issued.
At least one of you is impotent and failed to discuss the matter with the other prior to your marriage.
Even if your marriage was not legally valid to begin with, the court can still order child support and hand down child custody arrangements upon your annulment. The fact that your marriage was never valid does not diminish either party’s responsibility to your shared children.
If you need to modify your Alimony, read this article on how to do so. (How to Modify Alimony in Texas)
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Whether you need a divorce or an annulment – or are not sure which – Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Lampasas County, Texas, is an accomplished divorce attorney who can help. To learn more, please do not wait to contact us online or call us at 254-501-4040 today. (more words of wisdom from an experienced divorce attorney)