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Annulements

Posted by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 11:47 AM
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Anyone know the rules or laws for annulments? 

by on Jan. 21, 2009 at 11:47 AM
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Marriage Annulment
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A marriage annulment is a legal procedure that dissolves a couple's marital status by establishing that a valid marriage never existed. In effect, it nullifies the marriage, returning the parties to their prior single status.  It's a common misconception that short marriages can be annulled, but the length of the marriage is not a qualifying factor.  Generally, for a marriage to be declared invalid, one of the following grounds for annulment must be met: 

  • One or both parties were not old enough to enter the marriage contract;
  • There exists a close blood relationship between the parties;
  • One party was still legally married when the current marriage occurred;
  • One party was impotent and unable to consummate the marriage;
  • One of the spouse's didn't have the mental capacity to enter into a marriage contract. (i.e. due to drunkenness or mental disability)
  • One of the spouses entered into the marriage under duress, threat, or force.
  • The marriage was entered into fraudulently. This may be due to the concealment of impotence, criminal history, sexually transmitted diseases, etc.

To get an annulment, a person first needs to meet the residency requirements of the state that they live in. The annulment procedure is similar to that of a standard divorce, so it's best to seek the advice of an attorney before your proceed.  The following answers may also help you understand more about your own situation.

                                                   

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