Annulment (Nullity of Marriage):
An annulment is a proceeding to declare a marriage void and not legally valid. If you are seeking an annulment,
or nullity of marriage, you will need to prove in a court hearing that your marriage satisfies one of the grounds
listed below. These must have applied at the time you and your spouse married:
An annulment restores the parties to the status of not having been married.
- Incest: incest means that spouses are close blood relatives.
- Bigamy: bigamy means a spouse was knowingly married to another living person at the time of marriage.
- Underage: underage means a spouse was below age 18 years at the time of marriage and did not obtain parental
consent or a court order permitting the marriage.
- Prior Existing Marriage: prior existing marriage means a spouse married on the mistaken belief that his or her
previous marriage had ended in the death of the other spouse, who in fact was still living.
- Unsound Mind: unsound mind means a spouse could not and has not formed the intent to marry due to a medical
- Fraud: fraud means deception regarding a significant matter that led to the marriage and continued until the
- Force: force means threats or acts of harm were used to force one spouse into the marriage.
- Incapacity: incapacity means a spouse was and continues to be physically unable to consummate the marriage.
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