Is An Annulment Right For Me?
What happens in Vegas may not always stay in Vegas. Often times, people come to have fun and leave with a spouse. Depending on the facts and circumstances, this may be the perfect situation to seek an annulment. However, an annulment in Las Vegas, or any other part of Nevada, is only allowed under specific circumstances.
What Is An Annulment?
Generally, the word annulment means a revocation or the state of being canceled. An annulled marriage is a marriage that never existed in the eyes of the law. In some cases, an annulled marriage may be preferred over a divorce. One of the biggest reasons people prefer annulment over divorce is cost. It is almost always cheaper to annul a marriage than it is for divorce. People also chose annulment for religious reasons and for other financial considerations.
Can I Get An Annulment?
Nevada law permits an annulment under the following circumstances:
- A minor child, legally incompetent person, or anyone else who requires permission before marrying, marries without the necessary consent of a parent, guardian or court
- You marry a close relative
- If a party was so drunk or medicated that they did not know what they were doing and would not have otherwise gotten married
- There is fraud committed by one of the spouses. For example, the spouse has a mental illness, has children from another marriage, uses or has used drugs or alcohol or has a criminal record.
How Long Will My Annulment Take?
The time it takes to complete a Nevada annulment depends on whether it the annulment is filed as a one signature annulment or a two signature annulment. Other factors that may affect the time it takes to complete an annulment include whether one party is arguing against the annulment, the type of service of process required and the speed with which the Judge who has the annulment can complete the paperwork. In general, an annulment may take 1-3 weeks if it is a two signature annulment or about 10-12 weeks if it is a one signature annulment.