In the state of New York, you have two specific avenues for terminating your marriage. This includes divorce (also known as the dissolution of marriage) or annulment (also known as the nullity of marriage, or void ab anitio). Annulments, however, require specific grounds, as defined by New York law, which requires having a corroborating witness or corroborating affidavit, if the matter is uncontested.
Having a Staten Island family law attorney to represent you and provide you with guidance can greatly benefit your case. Call (718) 557-9137 to schedule your free family law consultation today.
At Casella & Casella LLP, we have more than 60 years of combined experience to use to your advantage. Our attorneys are highly knowledgeable about the requirements for nullifying a marriage. We can meet with you to go over the details of your case to determine if you have grounds for an annulment.
An annulment may be possible if you can prove that your marriage was not valid in the first place. If the marriage was illegal in any way, it is considered a “void marriage” and can be nullified. These include instances of incest, when a former spouse is still living, or if there was any coercion, fraud, or incapacity involved.
Marriages that are not automatically void require a court’s judgement. The court may also deny a request for annulment, in which case a traditional divorce will be necessary to formally end the marriage.
Having quality legal representation is important in any annulment. Our Staten Island family law attorneys are committed to protecting your rights and addressing your concerns.