Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Personal Finance  > Legal > Annulment

Annulment Cost


How Much Does an Annulment Cost?

 
average costCatholic Annulment: $200-$1,000+high costCivil Annulment: $500-$5,000+
post E-mail post Post   Comments (1)

There are two types of annulments: civil and church. A civil annulment is a court process that ends a marriage, but unlike a divorce a civil annulment declares the marriage invalid, as if it never happened. An ecclesiastical annulment (officially called a declaration of marriage nullity) from the Catholic church declares that the marriage no longer has any standing within the Catholic community, meaning the ex-spouses are free to marry again within the church; an ecclesiastical annulment does not say that the marriage never existed.

Typical costs:

  • Obtaining a civil annulment can cost $500-$5,000 or more, depending on whether both spouses agree on the annulment or if only one spouse is filing for annulment and the other spouse is difficult to find. For example, Nevada Divorce & Document Services[1] charges $500 plus a $325 court filing/handling fee ($825 total) for a joint petition annulment signed by both parties; or $700 plus the court fee of $325 and search and publication fees of $185 ($1,000 total) for a complaint annulment filed with only spouse's signature). New York attorney Jeffrey B. Peltz[2] quotes a legal fee of $1,200 for a simple annulment plus $343 for court fees ($1,543 total).
  • Fees for processing an ecclesiastic annulment from the Catholic Church vary from $200-$1,000, but average about $500-$600. Appealing an unfavorable annulment decision can double those costs. (If the person can't pay the fees, the church will make arrangements to reduce or defray the costs.) Typically, annulment fees are higher on the East Coast and in urban areas, and less expensive in the Midwest and South, according to Catholic.com[3] . For example, the Diocese of Saint Cloud[4] in Minnesota charges $500 for an ordinary annulment, with $100 due when the case is submitted and the remainder paid in monthly installments. The Diocese of Camden[5] in New Jersey charges a $100 filing fee, a $400 investigation fee and a $300 decision fee, or $800 total, and if an annulment decision is appealed to the Roman Rota, there is an $850 fee for the appeal plus a $200 preparation fee.
Related articles: Divorce, Attorney Fees

What should be included:
  • The specific grounds for a civil annulment vary by state, but typically they include things like bigamy, fraud, incest, being underage, impotence or if one or both people were unable to give their consent at the time of the marriage ceremony due to insanity or being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or another incapacitating substance. For example, the Utah State Courts[6] and the Minnesota Judicial Branch[7] list the annulment requirements for their states. Each state also has its own residency requirements for an annulment, similar to those for getting married. Many experts recommend hiring an attorney to guide the individual through the civil annulment process[8] .
  • Because the Catholic church considers a marriage covenant to be a lifetime commitment, the only way a legally divorced person can marry again within the Catholic church is to obtain an ecclesiastic annulment; an annulment can be requested even if the person does not wish to re-marry. Under Catholic law, an annulment is granted when from its beginning the union between the bride and groom lacked one or more of the essential elements of a Catholic marriage: permanence, exclusivity, openness and an interpersonal relationship. The Archdiocese of Mobile, AL, describes the possible reasons for a church annulment[9] .
  • A church annulment petition must be presented to the tribunal (the church court) in the Catholic diocese where the petitioner is living or where the marriage took place. The church requires that the former spouse be notified about the annulment petition and have the opportunity to respond. The annulment process typically takes about a year, but might be finished sooner if all necessary documents and witnesses are in order. The Archdiocese of New York describes the ecclesiastic annulment process[10] and the Diocese of Camden provides a glossary of terms[11] .
Shopping for an annulment:
  • For a civil annulment, search for a family law attorney through the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers[12] or search for legal resources by state through the American Bar Association[13] . Lawyers.com explains how to choose a family law attorney[14] .
  • The ecclesiastic annulment process typically starts at the local parish church, which will provide guidance and all necessary forms. The Diocese of Camden describes how to begin[15] the annulment process through the Catholic church.
post E-mail post Post   Comments (1)
CostHelper News


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Annulment
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: Keli Thompson in Salt lake city, UT.Posted: March 11th, 2013 05:03PM
We have only been married 5 months. We do not get a long... A lot of resentment and hate towards one another. Wondering how much it usually costs.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With an Annulment
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Annulment:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.fastnevadadivorce.com/annulment.html
  2.  www.aaalawyer.com/Area-of-law/Family-Law/Annulment.aspx
  3.  archive.catholic.com/thisrock/1999/9909fea2.asp
  4.  www.stcdio.org/offices/tribunal/annulments/annulment-faqs/80-how-much-does-the-annulmen...
  5.  www.camdendiocese.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=562&Itemid=389
  6.  www.utcourts.gov/howto/divorce/#annulment
  7.  www.mncourts.gov/selfhelp/?page=341
  8.  www.divorcelawfirms.com/annulment/marriage-annulment-process.htm
  9.  www.mobilearchdiocese.org/pages/mt_faq.cfm#6
  10.  www.archny.org/pastoral/faq---annulments/#5._What_is_the_Annulment_Procedure__
  11.  www.camdendiocese.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=560&Itemid=392
  12.  www.aaml.org/find-a-lawyer
  13.  apps.americanbar.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/home.cfm
  14.  family-law.lawyers.com/Family-Law-Meeting-with-a-Lawyer.html
  15.  www.camdendiocese.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=561&Itemid=387
More Personal Finance Topics
Check Out All Costs for Personal Finance How Much Do Funeral Flowers Cost? How Much Do Tax Returns Cost? How Much Does Closing a Home Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com




Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Brake repair
Paid: 348.00
I first priced new brake pads and shoes at the register. Then told them to do the job... [more]
-rickdg
Tune-up Cost
Walgreens in North TX
Paid: 31.99
Much less painful and less costly than influenza!... [more]
-Tex Girl
Flu Shot Cost
tune up
Paid: 375.00
Is this normal? I paid $375... [more]
-kelly freeman
Tune-up Cost
Not ready for another baby yet!
Paid: 50.00
I am 24 yrs old and I already have a 6yr old little girl. Im not ready for another baby right now for sure!! I have unprotected sex with my fiancé last night and we just wanted to make sure... [more]
-Fiancé's Passion Needs Relaxin'!
Morning After Pill Cost
Pressure Washing
Paid: 85.00
This lady was so polite and detailed. She pressure washed my driveway, walkway and sidewalk all for $85.00. She also done my neighbor house... [more]
-Miss.Adams
Pressure Washing Cost
garbage disposal and install
Paid: 265.00
I feel I got ripped off. Guy was here 20 minutes took out the old one and replaced with a new one with no brand name that can see. He didn't even break down the charges on the bill. Just a flat 265.00.... [more]
-#sucker
Garbage Disposal Cost