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Deciding to get married is a serious decision. For many people, it’s one that must be sanctioned by their religious authorities. A church or other form of religious organization can agree to the marriage as it meets all necessary requirements under that organization’s laws. If the marriage is later not working out, people have several options. They can legally choose to get a divorce. A legal divorce means they are free to remarry under the state’s conditions. While some religious organizations may frown on divorce, they also offer a way out of the marriage that satisfies the laws governing marriage in that religion. This is what is known an annulment. An annulment is not the same as a divorce. In religious sects that allow for a divorce, the divorce indicates that the marriage happened but it is not one that works for either party. When someone seeks an annulment, this essentially means the marriage did not happen at all. For some people, especially those who wish to remarry with the sanction of church officials, the annulment is a useful path that lets them move on to another relationship.

Legal Counsel

Anyone who is planning to get an annulment should keep in mind what it actually means to undergo this process. For most denominations, this means filing a desire to have it done with their area religious officials. Once the petition is submitted, it is up to the religious courts to determine if the annulment is justified. The person seeking the annulment may decide that it makes sense for them to consider hiring a lawyer to help with this process. The lawyer is often familiar with the kind of legal arguments that can be used as justification to issue the annulment. They can help prepare any necessary legal documents needed to illustrate the client’s case to the satisfaction of the ecclesiastical authorities. At the same time, it is important to keep in mind that this is largely a civil matter. The decision to seek an annulment will have no bearing on the overall decision to seek a divorce in New York state. The other party is not required to be present as the process continues. This means any allegations are not heard. Under state laws, any dispute of this kind must be addressed by both parties. For example, if the participant is asking for an annulment based on mental instability, the religious authorities operate on a different standard than one required by the court.

Broader Implications

The process of an annulment has bearing on the person seeking the annulment but it is not applicable in the wider world. For example, grandparents who want some form of contact with their kids cannot be barred from seeing them on the basis that one party to the marriage had an annulment. Courts do not consider this a divorce in New York state. They also do not consider any kind of evidence that has been presented there to have any relevance to the decision to get divorced. The same evidence, such as evidence that one party has been abusive to the party, must be formally submitted to legal authorities in order for it to be considered by a judge. A lawyer can help with both processes. It’s a good idea to look closely at what is required for the annulment. One party may be very angry by the decision to make this choice. As a result, they may choose to make more demands on the other party. For example, they might ask for more child or spousal support or ask the other party to give up the family home in turn for better overall financial support.

Skilled Legal Help

Skilled legal help can provide the best course of action for any party in New York City. They can help each person decide if they would like to have an annulment and how to get it done in accordance with all necessary legal regulations. They can also find out what is needed to file papers if doing so is confusing or unclear in some way. The lawyer can also help with the process of divorce that may take place as part of the legal annulment. They will represent their client to all authorities and help them fight for the rights under all legal systems both religious and in civil court. Consulting with a lawyer is a useful step in the process and one that can lead to the best outcome.

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