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What is Legal Annulment?

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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.

“To be able to love people, humanity and nature, unconditionally, annul yourself before the Upper One.”
― Enock Maregesi

 Annulment and Legal Separation

Difference between Divorce and Annulment

What is Annulment?

Annulment of marriage refers to the process by which a marriage is declared void, as though it never existed. Usually annulment is retroactive, although some jurisdictions consider the marriage void only from the date of annulment. A judgment of annulment declares a marriage to be invalid. Invalid marriages are of two types: void marriages and voidable marriages. A void marriage is invalid from the date of marriage and, therefore, cannot lawfully exist. A court will grant a decree of annulment once grounds such as bigamy, incest and lack of consent are proved. In the case of voidable marriage, it is valid until an annulment is sought. Annulment of a voidable marriage comes into effect only when a court makes its decision.

 

Annulment of marriage is governed by state laws. Most of the states have enacted annulment statutes. In other states, if laws regulating marriage have not been observed, the courts declare that no marriage exists. Most of the state courts do not have specific annulment forms to declare a marriage void.

 

Civil annulment by the state government and church annulment are the two types of annulment of marriage. A civil annulment is granted by a superior court judge while the Roman Catholic Church grants a church annulment. A civil annulment allows parties to remarry or enter into a civil partnership. For Catholic Church annulment, a petition seeking nullity of marriage should be filed in the canon law church court. The church then makes a judicial finding that no valid marriage was created on the date of marriage. Church annulment allows parties to remarry in the church and enter into other sacraments. Nevertheless, church annulment does not have legal sanctity. Parties securing a church annulment cannot legally remarry without getting a civil annulment.

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