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Annulments in Wyoming
Wyoming allows some marriages to end by annulment rather than divorce. Both divorce and annulment end a marriage. Divorce ends a valid marriage; annulment ends a marriage that was never valid. A marriage that should have been invalid from the beginning may be annulled in Wyoming.
In the order granting annulment, the court can also grant relief sought in the complaint, including child support, child custody, visitation, and property division.
Children from annulled marriages are treated the same as children from valid marriages. A child born during an annulled marriage or 300 days after can inherit from either parent and must be financially supported by both parents.
The Wyoming Statutes, Title 20, Chapter 2, contain the law on annulment in Wyoming.
Void marriages include those which are bigamous, incestuous or contracted by an incompetent party. Voidable marriages are those contracted by under age parties.
Legal grounds for annulment in Wyoming are:
There are additional conditions for some legal grounds:
The filing spouse is the plaintiff or petitioner; the other spouse is the defendant or respondent. The petitioner needs to have lived in Wyoming at least 60 days to file a petition.
The petition should say when and where the spouses married, and where they last lived together. It lists the grounds for annulment, and it includes any desired relief, such as child custody, visitation, child support, alimony, and property division. It states the petitioner has lived in the state for at least 60 days.
After filing the complaint, the respondent must be served a copy of the annulment papers. The court clerk’s office knows the options for service, which may be done even if the respondent lives out of state or cannot be found.
After service, the family court schedules a hearing to hear the plaintiff’s argument for annulment. At the hearing, he or she can bring any evidence and witnesses to prove the argument. If the judge agrees, he or she grants the annulment.
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