Introduction to Texas Family Code Section 1.201
Marriage is a legally binding contract between two individuals. However, there are specific circumstances under which a marriage can be declared null and void from the beginning. Texas Family Code Section 1.201 provides a clear framework regarding the grounds on which a marriage can be annulled.
What is Annulment?
Unlike a divorce, which dissolves a legally valid marriage, an annulment declares a marriage invalid from the outset, as though it never existed. Grounds for annulment are often rooted in issues that existed at the time the marriage took place.
Grounds for Annulment Under Texas Law
There are several conditions under which a marriage may be annulled:
- Underage: One or both parties were underage at the time of the marriage without the necessary legal consent.
- Influence of Alcohol or Drugs: Marriage occurred while one or both parties were under the influence, impairing their judgment.
- Impotence: One party was permanently impotent at the time of the marriage, and the other party was unaware.
- Fraud, Duress, or Force: The marriage took place under fraudulent conditions, duress, or force.
- Mental Incapacity: One or both parties lacked the mental capacity to consent to marriage.
- Divorce Concealment: If one party was divorced within 30 days before the current marriage and the other party was unaware.
- Other Specific Grounds: There are other nuanced reasons which a seasoned attorney can explore with clients.
Why Choose The Blacknall Firm for Annulment Cases?
The process of annulment, though seemingly straightforward, can become complex, depending on the specifics of the case. The Blacknall Firm boasts a dedicated team of family law experts with years of experience dealing with annulments in Texas. Our attorneys are adept at navigating the intricacies of the Texas Family Code and can guide you every step of the way.
Taking the Next Step Towards Annulment
If you believe that your marriage may have grounds for annulment under Texas Family Code Section 1.201 or you seek clarity regarding your marital status, it is imperative to consult with a family law attorney. Schedule a consultation with The Blacknall Firm today for legal representation in annulment, divorce, or child custody cases.