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  • We got married in Louisiana 2 weeks ago! We never had a chance to consummate the marriage. He feels he has made a mistake. How do i go aboit getting an annulment?

    July 28, 2014
    • If you both live in Tennessee, failing to consummate a marriage MIGHT be grounds for annulment in Tennessee. To a large degree, it may depend on whether the two of you agree and the judge will grant it. Check with a local experienced family law attorney and ask. You want to file a petition for annulment and just see. The worst thing that can happen is that the judge may deny the petition and require a divorce.

      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. MemphisDivorce.com. We aim to be your best option for finding a Memphis divorce lawyer, Germantown divorce lawyer, or Collierville divorce lawyer.
      The response above is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only reliable manner to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an attorney, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an accurate opinion. The basic information provided above is intended as a public service only, a full discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. The information posted on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with any individual. Answers are provided for informational purposes only. A person should consult with their own individual legal counsel before taking any action that could affect their legal rights or obligations.

      July 28, 2014
  • Michelle Stevens

    I’ve been “married” exactly 5 months my “husband” cheats on me and has a child out of wedlock with another woman. Then start living with another woman leaving me with our daughter to raise. What can be done about this?

    December 14, 2014
    • Whether or not you may qualify for an annulment is a technical legal question requiring interaction with an experienced family law attorney familiar with your local judges practices. In any event, you should get custody and child support addressed as soon as possible. Rarely is there any advantage to waiting.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only. We strive to be your best option for finding a Memphis divorce lawyer, Germantown divorce lawyer, Collierville divorce lawyer or West Tennessee divorce lawyer.

      December 25, 2014
  • Tierra Boyd

    We have been married for almost 11 months now and my husband has moved some of his belongings out of the house saying he doesn’t want to be married anymore. I want my marriage to work but he is sold on “wanting out” of our marriage. He is refusing to pay our rent that he agreed to pay. I just don’t know what to do.

    December 26, 2014
    • Start with reading our site and downloading our free e-book, Your First Steps. That should help you get started.

      Miles Mason, Sr.

      December 26, 2014
  • Amerle Birse

    I’ve only been married for 2weeks and my husband refuses to help me out with anything. He won’t take me to work during the ice storm when he knows I can’t drive in it. He also refuses to work. I want my marriage annulled. Is it possible?

    February 16, 2015
    • Annulments can be tricky and fact specific. In this area of TN family law, judges can exercise a great deal of discretion. I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      February 16, 2015
  • Jennifer

    Excellent information! I ALSO made sure to read the two other information sections that gave details. I understand that there is no certain laws about annulments, which word of mouth has said otherwise, but you have stated it clearly.
    I have contacted a few attorneys, but each say-it’s easier to get a divorce. I assume the paperwork must be easier on their part. But, thanks for the great info. Apparently, East TN has lazier attorneys!

    March 24, 2015
    • I wouldn’t say that. But, annulment can be trickier than divorce. It really depends on the circumstances and what types of property needs to be divided.

      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      March 24, 2015
  • Marilyn Brooks

    I have been married two weeks and the abuse is getting bad yesterday i was held against my will and today i was slapped several times in my face i want out. What can i do about this?

    March 31, 2015
    • Consider seeking a protective order and filing legal action. Read Domestic Violence & Tennessee Divorce Law | Get Safe Now for an introduction. First, make sure you are physically safe. See and Escape Plan: Tips for Victims Leaving Domestic Violence. Then, I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      April 18, 2015
  • Elaine Lewis

    My new husband of one and a half months applied for a marriage license in 2008 with another woman. The woman’s brother, who happened to be a convenient minister signed the license without performing a ceremony. They turned the certificate into his employer for insurance benefits, but never sent it to the state to be registered. I am just finding this out and unfortunately cannot obtain any of the benefits to which I may be entitled to as a result of this action. What should I do? Am I legally married? Signed all cried out!

    May 19, 2015
    • I recommend you visit with an experienced family law attorney in your area and discuss the details of your particular situation in private.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      May 21, 2015
  • Shanequa Kendall

    I have been married four months and my husband cheated on me and gave me an std. We went to counseling and now he is still sleeping with other women unprotected. What’s the process of divorce and will I be able to get an annulment?

    June 05, 2015
    • Almost all of MemphisDivorce.com relates to divorce. To discuss an annulment, I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation. The specific details matter when dealing with whether or not you qualify for an annulment.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      June 10, 2015
  • Susan Peeler

    We married July 2, 2015. Beginning the first month of marriage things that my husband never told me began to unfold. He was in the midst of a long, ongoing bankruptcy and it wasn’t the first one. I began receiving calls from check cashing stores and places of business that he had used my name as a reference without my knowledge, and he had not paid. He took two separate months off of work that he lied and said that one was because of physical problems that turned out to be not true and the other said he was using vacation time and was actually calling in sick daily. I discovered prescription bottles of narcotics (many) that he’d been hiding from me. I began to find empty bottles of whiskey he had buried in the couch and some in unused cabinets of the house. I tried to go file my taxes, he told me someone has stolen his identity and has refused to show me his returns and has neglected to file them for the past two years. I finally had enough and left. Since, he has admitted to all of these things but has yet to disclose any of the details of his severe debt. I believe I deserve an annulment because we dated two solid years where he hid ALL OF THESE things. We never lived together prior to marriage, because I don’t believe in it. Finally, financially, emotionally and physically I was tapped out. Could I receive an annulment??

    June 21, 2015
    • I can’t say whether or not you could receive an annulment. Based on what you have listed here, the statutory grounds may not be met. But, I have seen some judges not follow the technical letter of the law and grant an annulment especially if there had been no consummation of the marriage. Definitely visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      June 27, 2015
  • John

    How can a response to a woman being held against her will and being slapped, obviously in fear for her life, to be to seek out advice from an experienced law attorney??? We get it that almost all of the questions point to the fact that someone needs to see an attorney, like yourself , it is truly amazing that a law degree can take away a humans morals ! Call 911 and get out of the house talk to a law enforcement official be sure your life is not in danger … After that seek out a well experienced family law attorney. Preferably not one so money hungry he would let your life be in danger to have you seek his professional help ..

    June 22, 2015
    • You are on point. Victims of domestic violence should get out immediately and hide somewhere the abuser cannot find the victim. For more information, see our page Domestic Violence & Tennessee Divorce Law | Get Safe Now and Escape Plan: Tips for Victims Leaving Domestic Violence. Hopefully, your local law enforcement can suggest support groups and refer victims to mental health professionals with experience working with victims of domestic violence.

      In my experience, many victims of domestic violence who have not called the police at the time of the physical violence should seek an order of protection. Often, we seek an order of protection at the same time a divorce is filed.
      Miles Mason, Sr.

      June 24, 2015
  • Jeffrey Michael

    I was divorced 12 years ago (married by Christian church in Puerto Rico, divorced in the same town.) I have relocated to Tennessee with my fiancé and we are looking to marry in December. It is said I cannot marry in a Catholic church after being married in a Christian church, but I believe I can be granted an annulment since my ex-wife spent time in a mental institution and I was required to sign her into my custody from that institution. Would I need to contact that institution? Is an attorney required for this case, or would paperwork evidencing this suffice? I thank you greatly for your reply.

    July 06, 2015
    • I recommend you speak with your priest. The annulment you need, I believe, is granted by the Catholic Church, not a Tennessee court. Good luck. Miles Mason, Sr.

      July 06, 2015
  • I would like to find out the cost to get a marriage anulled that took place in 2014. Can you tell me the cost and what papers i would have to fill out and submit ?

    July 31, 2015
    • I don’t believe there is a standard form. If there is, I haven’t personally seen it. Each case is different. For filing fees, try contacting your local Tennessee Chancery Court. I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      August 04, 2015
  • SALENA

    I GOT MARRIED 04/10/2015 I GOT SICK ON 04/11/2015 AND WAS AMMITTED INTO THE HOSPITAL MY HUSBAND LEFT ME AND WENT TO LIVE IN MS WITH HIS SISTER. I GOT OUT THE HOSPITAL TO FIND OUT HE HAD BEEN LIVING WITH ANOTHER WOMAN WE HAVE NOT BEEN TOGETHER SINCE WE GOT MARRIED I HAVE TEXT MESSAGES FROM THE OTHER WOMAN AND HIM HE HAS BEEN CHEATING SINCE DAY1 HOW CAN I GET MY MARRIAGE ANNULMENT.PLUS THE FACT HE LIED TO ME HE IS NOT TO BE IN TENNESSEE BECAUSE OF HIS PROBATION/PAROLE IN WEST MEMPHIS ARKANSAS WHAT CAN I DO.PLEASE HELP……

    September 14, 2015
    • I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation. As I say in the article, annulments can be very tricky. In your case, a divorce may be just as effective from a legal standpoint even if an annulment were not to be granted.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      September 21, 2015
  • James Edwards

    I’ve been married 7 weeks and my wife has been back smoking crack and has been go for days. I work 7 days a week. We have been together for 7 years and have battled this issue before but she had me convinced that she was clean. Evidently she hid it very well or I’m a stupid man. I have zero tolerance for drugs. I gave a ultimatum and the very next day she left and has not been seen or heard from since. I made a mistake. She fraudulently tricked me into believing that she was straight and I fell for it. I found out many more lies from her sister. I want an annulment now. Is fraud grounds to file a petition for annulment? I have been scammed in more ways than one.

    November 07, 2015
    • I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      November 29, 2015
  • Left behind in Tennessee

    I married a man from another country 8 months ago he came we got married he left the next day and has not returned what can I do

    December 02, 2015
    • I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation. You may have a good case for annulment.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      December 04, 2015
  • Tiffney

    The got married in 2008 and this man married someone else in 2010 and they got him for bigamy. How do I get my marriage annulled?

    January 30, 2016
    • I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation. Likely, you will file a petition for annulment on the grounds your marriage was void.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      February 03, 2016
  • I've tried for so long.

    My husband and I have been married going on 7yrs. First year of marriage he cheated and I forgave him. For the past 5 1/2 yrs we have not been having any sex. He blames it on stress, although I have tried countless times convincing him to go to see a doctor, but he won’t or makes up an excuse about going to see one. During those 5 1/2 yrs, and presently I have never cheated on him. The past 4 yrs he has become lazier and I am at my end with patience. I purchased a house 4yrs ago, which is in my name only. I WANT a divorce, but can I get an annulment based on the impotency?

    May 02, 2016
    • Your situation sounds very difficult. I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation. I suspect when you discuss your situtation with an attorney, you may receive advice that a divorce may be less complicated and expensive if you don’t seek an annulment with a marriage lasting 7 years.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      May 12, 2016
  • ELaura

    I got “married” May 12th,2016. The minister never had us repeat any vows. He (the minister) gave me the envelope to mail off to make our license valid (license is from DeSoto County, MS). I have not mailed it off. In the meantime, we have not consummated the marriage due to physical abuse. I have left the apartment that is solely in my name. Do I still need to get “marriage” annulled? I have no intentions of mailing back license. Please respond. Thanks!

    May 14, 2016
    • I am sorry, but I am not licensed in Mississippi. You might want to ask the DeSoto County clerk in charge of marriage licenses regarding lawful marriage requirements or an attorney licensed in Mississippi.
      Miles Mason, Sr.

      May 26, 2016

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