Separation is always a difficult thing to go through, especially if the marriage had a rocky start. This is particularly common in cases of fraud or mental incapacity at the time of the marriage, which unfortunately are still possible factors despite the modern-day failsafe in place to prevent the illegitimate marriage. If you’re considering filing for annulment in Utah, there are several different justifications that you can use to bolster your case. We recommend working with a seasoned attorney who can ensure that your interests are protected during every part of the process. Below, we discuss the possible reasons for annulment in Utah and how your attorney can assist you over the duration of your case.
What is an annulment?
Annulment is a process that will designate your marital relationship as completely null and void. It questions the legitimacy of the relationship in the first place and is often justified by outside factor(s) prior to confirmation in the Utah court system. It is considered permanent and should not be a decision that is taken lightly.
What are possible reasons for an annulment in Utah?
If you’re considering an annulment for your Utah marriage or union, it’s important to see if your marriage experience is categorized by any of the following designations:
- Mental issues: Diagnoses such as anxiety and depression wouldn’t necessarily fall into this category. Mental incapacitation or severe illness in which either partner would not be able to consent to the marriage occurrence could be a reason for possible annulment.
- Forced consent: This is often grouped with the “fraud” reason for possible annulment, as both parties entering the marriage must be doing so of their own free will. If a marriage is conducted through arrangement or duress, it may be eligible for annulment in the Utah court system.
- Illegal marriages: If there is an occurrence of an illegal marriage, such as a marriage between an adult and someone that is not of the legal age of consent, it may be considered grounds for annulment. Fortunately, these cases have been greatly minimized over the past century as new legal consent laws were put into place to protect those who are most vulnerable.
- Bigamy: Bigamy is a possible reason for annulment and occurs if one or both partners were previously legally married at the time that the marriage occurred. This can frequently happen accidentally, in cases of “messy” breakups and past relationships that may have ended in separation — but not divorce.
How would an annulment case be argued in Utah?
If you’re considering petitioning the court for an annulment of your marriage, it’s important to understand your process as you move through the case. Before considering an annulment, consult with an attorney to ensure that an annulment petition is the right course of action for your unique situation. You also will want to be sure that the marriage is eligible for annulment based on the current state requirements, as these may vary from case to case.
Preparing for an annulment can be emotionally taxing. Your attorney can be a resource to guide you through the process and help you assemble and file any necessary administrative paperwork that you will need to file for annulment in Utah. It’s important to be as prepared as possible in order to streamline your process.
Proper steps to take to prepare your case for review include:
- Compiling all marriage documentation: Depending on the reason for the annulment, you may or may not have the full spectrum of marriage documentation available for reference. It’s important to gather what you have, such as a civil marriage license or a church marriage certificate if you had a religious ceremony. This can provide context, and background, and confirm key data elements, such as the date of your marriage, to the Utah courts.
- Consulting with your attorney: The state of Utah is a more limited state when it comes to grounds for annulment. There are few legal reasons that would compel the court to treat your case as an annulment case vs. a divorce case. You may still be asked to walk through asset separation and custody arrangements, even if it is not classified as a true divorce. Outside of the reasons stipulated above, it is not likely that the court will grant annulment under extenuating or differentiating circumstances. Consulting with an attorney can help you to determine if this is the right choice for you.
Ascent Law can help with an annulment in Utah
If you’re considering annulment in Utah, you need experts who will be there to support you every step of the way. The state of Utah features some of the more complex annulment and separation laws. The team at Ascent Law has had years of experience successfully navigating these requirements and has been able to successfully assist hundreds of marital and family law cases in similar areas. For more information and to book your free intro call today, please visit our website.
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, Utah
|City of Salt Lake City|
“The Crossroads of the West”
|Coordinates: 40°45′39″N 111°53′28″WCoordinates: 40°45′39″N 111°53′28″W|
|Named for||Great Salt Lake|
|• Type||Strong Mayor–council|
|• Mayor||Erin Mendenhall (D)|
|• City||110.81 sq mi (286.99 km2)|
|• Land||110.34 sq mi (285.77 km2)|
|• Water||0.47 sq mi (1.22 km2)|
||4,327 ft (1,288 m)|
|• Rank||122nd in the United States
1st in Utah
|• Density||1,797.52/sq mi (701.84/km2)|
| • Urban
||1,021,243 (US: 42nd)|
| • Metro
||1,257,936 (US: 47th)|
| • CSA
||2,606,548 (US: 22nd)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (Mountain)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6|
|Area codes||801, 385|
|GNIS feature ID||1454997|
|Major airport||Salt Lake City International Airport|
|Website||Salt Lake City Government|
Salt Lake City (often shortened to Salt Lake and abbreviated as SLC) is the capital and most populous city of Utah, as well as the seat of Salt Lake County, the most populous county in Utah. With a population of 199,723 in 2020, the city is the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which had a population of 1,257,936 at the 2020 census. Salt Lake City is further situated within a larger metropolis known as the Salt Lake City–Ogden–Provo Combined Statistical Area, a corridor of contiguous urban and suburban development stretched along a 120-mile (190 km) segment of the Wasatch Front, comprising a population of 2,606,548 (as of 2018 estimates), making it the 22nd largest in the nation. It is also the central core of the larger of only two major urban areas located within the Great Basin (the other being Reno, Nevada).
Salt Lake City was founded July 24, 1847, by early pioneer settlers, led by Brigham Young, who were seeking to escape persecution they had experienced while living farther east. The Mormon pioneers, as they would come to be known, entered a semi-arid valley and immediately began planning and building an extensive irrigation network which could feed the population and foster future growth. Salt Lake City’s street grid system is based on a standard compass grid plan, with the southeast corner of Temple Square (the area containing the Salt Lake Temple in downtown Salt Lake City) serving as the origin of the Salt Lake meridian. Owing to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, the city was originally named Great Salt Lake City. In 1868, the word “Great” was dropped from the city’s name.
Immigration of international members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, mining booms, and the construction of the first transcontinental railroad initially brought economic growth, and the city was nicknamed “The Crossroads of the West”. It was traversed by the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway, in 1913. Two major cross-country freeways, I-15 and I-80, now intersect in the city. The city also has a belt route, I-215.
Salt Lake City has developed a strong tourist industry based primarily on skiing and outdoor recreation. It hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. It is known for its politically progressive and diverse culture, which stands at contrast with the rest of the state’s conservative leanings. It is home to a significant LGBT community and hosts the annual Utah Pride Festival. It is the industrial banking center of the United States. Salt Lake City and the surrounding area are also the location of several institutions of higher education including the state’s flagship research school, the University of Utah. Sustained drought in Utah has more recently strained Salt Lake City’s water security and caused the Great Salt Lake level drop to record low levels, and impacting the state’s economy, of which the Wasatch Front area anchored by Salt Lake City constitutes 80%.
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Reviews for Ascent Law LLC Salt Lake City, Utah
We've gotten divorce and child custody work from Ascent Law since the beginning because of my ex. We love this divorce firm! Staff is gentle, friendly and skilled. Tanya knows her stuff. Nicole is good and Ryan is fun. Really, all the staff here are careful, kind and flexible. They always answer all my questions, explain what they're doing and provide great legal services. I personally think they are the best for divorce in Utah.
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This review is well deserved for Ryan and Josh. New clients should know they are worth the 5 star rating we give them. We needed 2 sessions from them because of the complexity of the matter, but they are both very passionate about his helping others in need. My sister needed bankruptcy and I needed divorce. Sometimes they go hand in hand but a large shout out to this team - also Nicole is one of the sweetest people you ever did meet - she offered me warm cookies!
Mike Anderson and his colleagues & staff are knowledgeable, attentive and caring. In a difficult and complex case that eventually went to trial, Mike was the voice of reason and the confidence I needed. His courtroom abilities are amazing and I felt his defense of me was incredible. His quick thinking and expertise allowed for a positive result when I felt the World was crumbling. His compassion, after the case, has helped me return to a good life. I trust Mike and his staff. They are friendly and very good at what they do.
I worked with Attorney Alex and Paralegal Ami in my divorce case. I got to know the team very well over the course of two years. I cannot think of a better team to have worked with. Ami and Alex are not only exceptional law professions who are very knowledgeable and thorough, they are also the best human beings who empathize with the emotions I was experiencing. Alex was conscious of my budget and worked efficiently to try to reduce unnecessary legal expenses. My case also involved some dealings with a foreign country that Alex and his team had previously dealt with. They did an amazing job addressing cultural barriers in a very respectful manner and did not fall short in quality of work or in standards when dealing with some of these new challenges. Ami deserves a medal for being extremely professional, calming, and compassionate when it is needed most. When you need family law attorneys, call this firm. I now feel I can move forward with grace and dignity.