Annulments are very difficult to get, but if you have the appropriate grounds and you’re able to get an annulment, with an annulment, if it’s an alimony case, alimony’s not going to be an issue. It kind of puts all of the finances back to a point where they were pre-marriage. The only issue that never goes away during the course of an annulment is child support. But alimony is clearly off the table if you are successful, if you’re able to show that the marriage was a complete fraud in the inducement, meaning from the beginning – not things that kind of cropped up during the course of the marriage, but fraud in the inducement, which means I was hoodwinked into marrying someone based on certain information that was given to me by that person. So, yes, there are certain advantages to getting an annulment.
Rosalyn Charles is a family lawyer practicing in Newark, New Jersey.