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Houston Annulment Lawyer

Legally separating from your partner is never easy. Whatever your circumstances, if you are seeking an annulment, the assistance of a Houston annulment lawyer can make the process as painless as possible. 

At the Ramos Law Group, our family lawyers provide compassionate and attentive legal representation to clients dealing with some of life’s greatest challenges. Our innovative attorneys can work with you to design a unique strategy to help you walk away from your marriage on your terms.

Annulment vs. Divorce

When you get a divorce, you are asking to end your marriage contract. You can file for divorce based on “insupportability,” a no-fault rule allowing you to divorce your partner based on incompatibility. Having your marriage annulled, however, requires you to fit into a defined category

Grounds for Annulment

An annulment declares your marriage never existed. Shorter marriages can be easier to annul, but you can still annul a marriage if you were married for many years and shared children and property.

Typically, you must show your marriage is either void or voidable to qualify for annulment. In Texas, you request to annul a voidable marriage and request to declare void a marriage that was void from the outset. Because both are usually discussed under the umbrella of annulment, we cover both void and voidable marriages here. An annulment attorney will know how to declare a marriage void and how to annul a marriage.

Voidable Marriages

If you did not take the proper steps or you did not knowingly enter into your marriage, it may be voidable. You can legitimize a voidable marriage, purposefully or by accident, by voluntarily living together as a married couple after the condition making the marriage voidable ends or after you discover the facts that could make the marriage voidable.

Marriage Under 18 

People 16 to 17 years old can get married if they ask the court to remove their legal minority. If a minor marries without following this procedure, they can annul the marriage. Note that, in 2017, Texas eliminated parental consent as a valid way for two minors to marry. 

Under the Influence

If you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the marriage, you may qualify for annulment. You must show that you lacked the capacity to consent to the marriage.


You can request an annulment if either party to the marriage was permanently impotent at the time of the marriage. You will not qualify for annulment due to impotence if you knew about the impotence at the time you entered into the marriage.

Fraud, Duress, or Force

You can annul a marriage entered into by fraud, duress, or force. This broad ground can cover abusive or coercive relationships. It also applies if your partner lied to you or concealed facts that, if you had known, would have caused you not to marry them.

Mental Incapacity

Either party in a marriage involving someone who lacks the mental capacity to consent to marriage may request an annulment. If a party who is not incapacitated seeks an annulment, they must show they did not know and could not have discovered the mental incapacity before the marriage took place.

Concealed Divorce

You can also seek an annulment if one party was divorced from a third party within 30 days of the marriage at issue. You must reasonably not have known about the divorce and must request annulment within one year of the marriage date.

Marriage Less Than 72 Hours After License Issued

You generally must wait 72 hours after your marriage license is issued to marry. If you do not wait to get married and do not qualify for an exception, you can request annulment within 30 days of the marriage date.

Void Marriages

Some marriages cannot be legitimized because some relationship or legal status at the time of the marriage made it illegal. 


You cannot marry someone who is your:

  • Ancestor or descendant,
  • Sibling,
  • Aunt or uncle, or
  • Niece or nephew.

This prohibition applies to those related by blood, half-blood, and adoption.


A person who is already married cannot get married again. So, suppose Joe and Sally get married, but later, Joe finds out that he is still legally married to his former wife, Joy. As soon as Joe finds out, he petitions the court to dissolve his marriage with Joy, and the court grants his request. If Joe and Sally continue to live together and present themselves as being married after the previous marriage dissolved, Joe and Sally can make their current marriage valid despite it being void at the outset.

Marriage to a Minor

No one 18 and older may marry anyone 15 or younger. A person 18 or older may only marry a person who is 16 or 17 and has a court order removing the disabilities of their minority.

Marriage to a Stepchild or Stepparent

You cannot marry your stepchild or stepparent. This prohibition explicitly applies to current and former stepchildren and stepparents.

The Annulment Process

To begin the annulment process, you file with the appropriate county court. You can file in Texas if you live here or if the marriage occurred here. Unlike filing for divorce, there is no waiting period.

Get Help from a Houston Annulment Lawyer

Having your marriage annulled or declared void requires you to show why it was invalid when you entered into it, which can be challenging. Getting an annulment or declaration that a marriage is void is made all the more complicated if you share children or property. If you are seeking a lawyer to annul a marriage, contact the Ramos Law Group today to discuss whether your unique situation qualifies for annulment. We can help.

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Our Client Testimonials

Superb Law Firm

The decision to end my 25-year marriage was not an easy one, but hiring the Ramos Law Group was. From the initial consultation to the execution of the Divorce Decree everyone at the firm displayed the utmost professionalism and I was treated as if I was their only client. My attorney Lindsey, always provided precise legal guidance, was usually one step ahead of the opposing counsel, and had a superb understanding of how things would play out in the court room. Additionally, whenever my case needed a little extra horsepower, Mary provided that "surge" to keep things on track.

Worth Every Penny

"Ms. Ramos and her entire staff worked with professionalism and compassion to guide me through the most difficult time of my life and to an outcome that was best for my family and myself. Ramos Law is incredible and I highly, highly recommend their services."

Custody case won

"I was recommended to see Mary Ramos for my on coming custody case,it was the best thing I could've done honestly.The Ramos law group was quick with emailed responses and telephone calls,informative with ANY questions I had and they also took action with what they thought would work,which it did,I had money troubles and they were still willing to help they sent me with a younger lawyer Lindsey Lewis to help save some money and she was the best!She knew what she was doing and Mary was still on my case to make sure things went smoothly and to catch any details Lindsey and I might have missed.All in all I am a very satisfied client and if I ever needed a family lawyer again I would come back.My case was won as I received primary for my daughter which is exactly what I asked for.If you're willing to listen to what they have to say and follow their guidance they're definitely worth hiring.I thought I wanted sole custody for my daughter and they explained that wasn't in the best interest for her and honestly they were right,they speak to you on a professional level and also a real level of how things are actually going to work and what could happen if you take a certain action.They definitely care about their clients and make their own bond with you,you're not just money in their pockets you turn into family. "

Divorce Attorney

"I received excellent advice and representation from Ms. Lindsey Lewis. She kept me updated at every step of the process, and I never felt as if my case was set aside. I would hire The Ramos Law Group in the future. "

Highly recommend

"I started my divorce with a lawyer who was not very responsive. My divorce case was complicated and needed more laborious scrutiny. Since the case was not moving forward I had to switch lawyers. Made the switch to Ramos Law group. Since the very first day Mary and her team have been very efficient and meticulous. Since the case was complicated the team had to go through myriads of pages in discovery. I was pleased with the legal team that helped us handle the paperwork in a very timely manner. All my questions were answered very promptly. The relay of information was easy with their software system. We finally had a law firm that we could trust. My divorce was finalized and I only have Mary and her team to thank for going through a difficult divorce. I would highly recommend the Ramos law group for their help and support for getting my life back on track. "

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