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:
- The parties are related to each other, including by ancestry, blood, or adoption.
- 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.