What is a Legal Annulment?

Annulment is a legal procedure for declaring a marriage null and void. Annulment differs from divorce where the court ends an otherwise legal marriage on a specific date.


Grounds for Legal Annulment

Grounds for legal annulment vary in different legal jurisdictions but are typically limited to fraud bigamy and mental incompetence. Grounds for legal annulment often include:

  • Either spouse was already married to someone else at the time of the marriage;
  • Either spouse was too young to be married or too young without required court or parental consent;
  • Either spouse was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the marriage;
  • Either spouse was mentally incompetent at the time of the marriage;
  • If the consent to the marriage was based on fraud or force;
  • Either spouse was physically incapable to be married (typically inability to have sexual intercourse which persists) at the time of the marriage;
  • The marriage is prohibited by law due to the relationship between the parties.