If fact, Illinois does not even have an official court action called annulment of marriage. Instead it has a “judgment of invalidity,” a court order stating that the marriage was never valid, and this is granted only on rare occasions.
The experienced and compassionate Illinois family-law attorneys at Wolfe and Stec understand that any dissolution of marriage is an emotional event. Every situation is different, and handling it properly involves careful consideration of individual circumstances. We know the issues, the system, and the courts and judges, and we take every precaution to ensure that you and your children are protected and wind up receiving the best solution possible. We offer a free consultation to help you find the best solutions for your individual divorce situation.
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While divorce means the end of a valid marriage, annulment means the marriage was never regarded as legally valid in the first place. Under Illinois law, an annulment is a “declaration of invalidity of marriage,” an order that revokes recognition by the state. Once an annulment is granted, it is as if the marriage never really existed.
In general, divorces are easier to get, as annulments have stricter requirements and time limits. In order to get an annulment, there need to be specific grounds that exist. Illinois grounds include:
There are time limits for filing for annulment. The limits depend on specific circumstances, as follows:
Annulment of marriage has repercussions that differ from those of divorce, according to the situation. The main advantage for someone to choose annulment instead of divorce is to avoid court-ordered payments or division of property.
There are no ready-made solutions in divorce and family law – every case needs to be considered on its own merit. Whether or not you decide to seek annulment, Illinois laws dissolving marriage can be difficult to interpret, and making a mistake could mean returning to court and nasty and costly drawn-out battles that adversely affect you and your children. Fortunately, there is help available when you have a lawyer on your side. The seasoned Illinois family law attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd.,. handle all cases with sensitivity, respect, and discretion.
At Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., we made our reputation one client at a time, and we put every ounce of our ability into each case. Our lawyers take the time to delve deeply into the problem and to understand your goals and concerns. Then we develop a legal strategy designed to achieve those objectives.
There is no charge for the first consultation. Delaying can only complicate your situation and make matters worse. Call us today for your free consultation at 630-305-0222 or contact our team online.
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