Sunday, January 27, 2013

Annulment in Georgia: As Rare As Snow In July?

[Scales of Justice from wikipedia]
As Augusta, Georgia divorce lawyers, we sometimes receive telephone calls from folks wanting to know if they can get their marriage annulled. They often believe that they may obtain an annulment simply because their marriage is of short duration. Unfortunately, in the State of Georgia, the length of the marriage is generally irrelevant to whether or not you can get an annulment and, in most cases, a divorce is, instead, the appropriate solution.

In short, here, in Georgia, the Georgia General Assembly has statutorily limited the types of situations in which annulment is an available remedy. For example, if you learn, after getting married, that your worthless spouse, "Sluggo," is actually your first cousin, or if you discover that he never obtained a divorce from the waitress down at the diner, before hitching up with you, then you may discuss with your own divorce attorney about whether an annulment might be appropriate. Annulment might work in those limited situations and a few others. But in most other cases, divorce is the only available remedy for dissolving the marriage.

But please, please consult with your own divorce lawyer. Generally, in Georgia, your divorce lawyer will likely point out that annulment is about as rare as snow in July, but, fortunately, divorcing ole' Sluggo is still an available remedy!

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