Divorce

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.

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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.