An annulment, or a “declaration of invalidity of marriage” as the annulment is termed in Colorado, is a legal determination that the marriage never happened, usually because one of the parties lacked the ability to enter into a knowing, consensual agreement to the marriage at the time it was entered into. From a practical perspective, there is no difference in outcome between an annulment and a divorce in Colorado. However, the legal distinction that the marriage never happened is important to some people who, for moral, religious or personal reasons, wish to avoid a divorce. Sometimes, one of the parties desires an annulment to reinstate benefits or payments lost when the party got married, such as spousal maintenance (“alimony”) from a prior spouse, social security benefits or military medical benefits. You should note that a legal annulment is different from a religious annulment.
Lynn Landis-Brown is a Family Lawyer in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she founded Lynn Landis-Brown P.C. She listens compassionately and understands your legal, emotional and financial concerns due to her own experiences of divorce from her parents divorcing, her own divorce and now as a step-grandmother. With her background in litigations, she has great experiences with fighting for your rights in the courtroom.