You’ve probably heard the term “annulment,” but you may not know what it means. Like a divorce, an annulment puts an end to a marriage, but that doesn’t mean the two things are exactly alike. The major difference is that an annulment makes it like your marriage never happened. Sure, you still have to divide your property, but after the annulment, you’re allowed to legally call yourself “single” rather than “divorced.”
Most annulments occur very soon after the wedding, but it is possible to seek an annulment years into your marriage.
Typically, couples seek an annulment for one of these 5 reasons:
- No consummation—This typically occurs if a spouse is unable to have sexual intercourse and their partner didn’t know that when they got married.
- Marriage by force—If a party was forced into getting married, they may be able to get an annulment.
- Fraud or misrepresentation—If one spouse lied to the other about some major issue (e.g. being able to have kids), the marriage could be annulled.
- Incest, underage, or bigamy—If the marriage is founded on incest, an underage party, or bigamy, it could qualify for annulment.
- Unsound mind—If one of both of the parties was mentally impaired by booze or drugs at the time, the marriage could possibly qualify for annulment.
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