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Voiding a Marriage

In addition to divorce proceedings, Texas Family Law recognizes under specific conditions the dissolution of marriage either through an annulment or a declaration that the marriage is void.  The 60 day cooling off period is inapplicable to marriages that are dissolved either through annulments or voided.

A void marriage declares the marriage void and legally has the same affect as if the marriage did not occur.  A marriage can be declared void under the following circumstances:


  1. The parties are related to each other, including by ancestry, blood, or adoption.
  2. One party was married at the time the second (void) marriage occurred; however, if the first marriage is legally dissolved and the spouses of the second marriage continue to live together and hold themselves out to be married, the second marriage is validated.