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Annulment Procedures & Deadlines in Colorado

If you are considering an annulment in the state of Colorado, there will have to be some legalities met before the Dissolution of the Marriage is granted.  It may be easier to get a no-fault divorce in Colorado, rather than going through the proceedings to get an annulment.  However, if you are considering an annulment, find general information on annulment procedure and deadlines in Colorado.

Legal Reasons for Annulment in Colorado

Getting an annulment isn’t as easy as filing for one in court.  There are some legal standards that have to be met before will be granted in the state.  Some of the reasons an annulment might be granted are:

  • Too Young to Marry
  • Lack the Capacity to Consent to Marriage
  • Lack of Physical Ability to Consummate Marriage
  • Void the Marriage

Requirements to Request Annulment

The annulment procedure in Colorado is not the same as it is for a divorce or legal separation.  When you do file for an annulment in Colorado, you don’t have to be a resident of the state for 90 days before doing so and there isn’t a 90-day waiting period between the annulment being granted and the legal dissolution of the marriage.  However, if the marriage didn’t occur in Colorado, one of the spouses must be a resident of the state for at least 30 days prior to filing for an annulment.

Deadlines for Filing

If you can meet one of the legal reasons for declaring the Invalidity of Marriage, the legal name for an annulment, you have to meet the deadlines for filing for the annulment.  If you are filing because your spouse was underage, then you have two years from the time of the marriage to file.  For annulments based on the inability to consummate the marriage, you have one year to file.  If the reason is mental incapacity to consent to a marriage, then you have six months to file for an annulment.

If there are other reasons you are filing for an annulment, then the deadline for filing is before the death of the spouse.  Some of the reasons could be that your spouse lied and said they were dying of a terminal illness or you were trying to help someone get a green card or if you think the other person married you for your money.  Even if you are granted an annulment, you may still have property, custody of children and other matters that need to be settled legally.