Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Grounds for Annulment in Texas: Marriage of Person Under Age 18

A marriage may be annulled if one of the parties to the marriage is 16-17 years of age and did not obtain prior parental consent or a court order. (If one person is younger than 16 the marriage is void). A petition for annulment may be filed by a parent or guardian on the minor’s behalf, but must be filed before the minor’s 18th birthday. In determining whether to annul the marriage, the court will consider facts concerning the welfare of the parties and whether the wife is pregnant.

References: Texas Family Code 6.102 – 6.104, 6.205

Article by Sarah F. Berry, Attorney