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Murfreesboro Annulment Attorney

Offering dedicated advocacy for spouses 

While many have heard of annulments being offered by religious institutions, some are unaware that they can also be dispensed by Tennessee courts. Under the law, an annulment means a marriage is void and never existed for legal purposes. For some, obtaining an annulment is an important step in moving forward. However, there are limited grounds on which spouses can seek annulments and it must be proved to the satisfaction of the court. At The Law Office of David L. Scott, our Murfreesboro family law attorney has nearly two decades of experience aiding spouses through this process. We know this can be a difficult endeavor, and are dedicated to providing you with the compassionate advocacy you deserve.    

On what grounds can I get an annulment in Tennessee? 

Under Tennessee law, there are several grounds which qualify couples to receive an annulment, including: 

  • Age of consent – One or both of the spouses are minors, and did not receive parental or court consent to marry

  • Bigamy – One or both of the spouses were already legally married at the time of the second marriage

  • Mental capacity/ability – One or both of the spouses were not competent at the time of the marriage to consent, or lacked the mental ability to understand the marriage contract

  • Fraud – The marriage was consented to on the basis of deception, for example, one spouse tricking the other into believing they are the biological parent of the other spouse’s child

  • Impotence – Either spouse is unable to bear children and was unable to do so when the marriage occurred

  • Force – Either spouse was pressured into the marriage   

To obtain an annulment, you will be required to present your case in court. If successful, it will be as if your marriage never legally existed. However, any children that resulted from the annulled marriage will still be seen as legitimate for the purposes of child support and inheritance. We know that seeking an annulment can be a meaningful step both personally and legally for a spouse. We walk you step by step through the process and thoroughly prepare your claim to prove your case in court.  

What about all of the other steps that usually happen during a divorce? 

As with any separation, you will need to decide child custody arrangements and visitation. Unlike a divorce, spouses generally are not entitled to alimony after an annulment since the marriage technically never legally existed. For the same reason, the division of property after an annulment can also be complicated. While the court generally tries to divide properly fairly and equitably, in the case of an annulment the judge will also look at which spouse bought what and whether a spouse owned the property prior to the marriage. Generally, the judge’s goal is to seek a solution that allows both spouses to walk away as they would have if the marriage had not occurred.   

The court has a wide degree of latitude when it comes to dividing property after an annulment. It is essential that you have a strong advocate by your side to protect your rights. We have extensive knowledge of the local legal system, and are committed to making certain you are treated fairly.

Our Murfreesboro family law attorney simplifies the annulment process  

Seeking an annulment in Tennessee is a complicated, ill-defined process. Having an experienced family law attorney by your side to help you navigating the system can make all the difference. At The Law Office of David L. Scott, our Murfreesboro family law attorney makes the process as simple and painless as possible. Don’t wait to schedule a free initial consultation. Call our office to schedule a free initial consultation at 615-896-7656 or contact us online


 
 
 
 

 

 

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722 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: 615-896-7656

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Nashville, TN 37205

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