Marriages end for a variety of reasons. While many people think that marriages only end because the spouses can’t get along, there are some instances in which the marriage ends for reasons such as fraud or improper consent. In some instances, it is possible for the person to seek an annulment instead of a divorce.
An annulment is different from a marriage in a few ways. First, there are two types of annulments — a civil annulment and a religious annulment. The civil annulment is the type that goes through the civil court system. Once this annulment is granted, the marriage is wiped away. It is as if the marriage never occurred, which is different from a divorce that only ends the marriage.
We know that most people might think that seeking an annulment is difficult. The truth is that if your situation meets the criteria for an annulment, the process you will go through is almost the same as a divorce.
Colorado has very specific circumstances that qualify for an annulment. Generally, there has to be fraud or an issue with consent. The issue with consent can be because of age, being under the influence, or entering into the marriage under duress or as a dare. An annulment is also possible if the marriage was prohibited, such as if one person was already married.
We understand that you probably have questions regarding the suitability of annulment for your case. We can help to answer those questions so that you can make an informed choice about how you want to handle ending your marriage.