You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from family law solicitors in London, Manchester or Birmingham in relation to your annulment of marriage or civil partnership application in the UK and our team of divorce & family law solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable, honest and professional legal services for your annulment petition.

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When You Can Annul A Marriage Or Civil Partnership?

Annulment (sometimes known as ‘nullity’) is a different way of ending a marriage or civil partnership.

You or your spouse or civil partner must have either:

  • lived in England or Wales for at least a year
  • had a permanent home in England or Wales for at least 6 months

Unlike divorce or dissolution of civil partnership, you can apply for annulment in the first year of your marriage/civil partnership or any time after. However, if you apply years after the marriage or civil partnership, you might be asked to explain the delay.

You’ll need to show that the marriage or civil partnership:

  • was never legally valid (‘void’)
  • was legally valid, but meets one of the reasons that makes it ‘voidable’

Void Marriages & Civil Partnerships (Marriage/Civil Partnership Not Being Legally Valid)

You can annul a marriage or civil partnership if it was not legally valid in the first place, for example:

  • you’re closely related to the person you married or registered civil partnership with
  • one or both of you were under 16
  • one of you was already married or in a civil partnership

If a marriage or civil partnership was never legally valid, the law says that it never existed. However, you may need legal paperwork (a ‘decree of nullity’) to prove this - for example if you want to get married again or register your civil partnership again.

Voidable Marriages & Civil Partnerships

You can annul a marriage or civil partnership for a number of reasons, such as:

  • it was not consummated - you have not had sexual intercourse with the person you married since the wedding (does not apply for same sex couples)
  • you did not properly consent to the marriage or civil partnership - for example you were forced into it
  • the other person had a sexually transmitted disease (STD) when you got married or registered civil partnership
  • the woman was pregnant by another man when you got married
  • one spouse or civil partner is in the process of transitioning to a different gender

As with divorce or dissolution of civil partnership, your marriage or civil partnership legally exists until you annul it using one of these reasons. The rules on ending a civil partnership are slightly different, but the court forms are the same.

How Long Does The Annulment Process Take?

This varies from court to court and from case to case, depending on the complexity of the case. An annulment of marriage or civil partnership process can take up to 6 months. However, in complicated case, the process can take much longer than 6 months and time would vary depending on the complexity of the matter.

How Sunrise Solicitors Can Help With Annulment Of Marriage Or Civil Partnership?

Our team of divorce & family law solicitors is aware of the sensitivity in matters involving annulment of marriage or civil partnership and every individual is in a different situation. To make your life easier, you can seek expert legal help from the divorce & family law solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors. Our team of family law solicitors are highly trained and experienced in all aspects of annulment law and will guide and support you each step of the way. We will cut through the legal jargon and ensure you understand exactly what’s happening at all times. Our team of expert divorce & family law solicitors will provide the required legal help and guidance with step by step procedure for getting annulment of your marriage or civil partnerhsip in the UK.

Our team of divorce & family law solicitors will advise and assist to cater for your individuals needs. We will discuss the possible grounds on which you can apply for nullity of your marriage or civil partnership after gathering all the factual information from you. We will explain to you the court procedures in very simple and clear terms and fully guide you through the procedures and carry out all the follow up work until the annulment order is issued by the family court.

What Are The Fees/Legal Costs For Annulment Of Marriage Or Civil Partnership In The UK?

The costs involved in getting annulment of marriage or civil partnership in the UK are as follows:

Our Fees

  • Our team of family law solicitors will charge on hourly rate basis with hourly rate starting from £150 + VAT per hour in relation to your annulment petition. The agreed hourly rate will be dependent on the complexity of the matter.

Court Fees

  • The court fee for filing annulment of marriage or civil partnership application in the family court is £550 which has to be paid at the time of filing for annulment. Petitioners with very low income may qualify for court fee exemption.

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