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I married in Vancouver on March 27th 2015. My spouse left

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i married in Vancouver Washington on March 27th 2015. My spouse left the county with no explanation, and I've spent the last 14 months looking. Do i qualify under the "fraud" category to file an annulment?
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 12 months ago.


I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.

To prove fraud, you need to be able to establish that your spouse tricked you into agreeing to the marriage by lying about something important. In your case, that means showing that your spouse always intended to disappear after marrying you - and that's not easy to show. Just the fact of leaving after the marriage doesn't mean your spouse always intended to leave. There would have to be something more. You could, however, file for divorce on the grounds of an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.

If the reason you're looking into annulment is religious, talk to your local religious leader. Different religions will have different requirements, and many people who do not qualify for a legal annulment are still able to get a religious one.

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Customer: replied 12 months ago.
well a friend overheard him saying in spanish he was there just for a green card, and the marriage was never consummated
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
this was overheard BEOFRE he disappeared. Yes it's hear say, however evidence and a person willing to testify
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 12 months ago.

In that case, yes, you should be able to prove fraud. It's actually not considered hearsay, because it's a statement made by the other party (even though that party won't be present).

Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 12 months ago.

Did you have any other questions about this?