An annulment is when a court finds that your marriage not legally valid. After the annulment is granted, it is as if your marriage never existed because it was in the first place not legal hence your marital status is restored to single.
What are the Legal Reasons for an Annulment?
- A marriage is not valid when it is:
- Bigamous: when a spouse is already married to someone else.
- Incestuous: when married to a close relative related by blood
Other marriages can be declared invalid because of:
- A persons age at the time of marriage: the party filing for the annulment was under 18 years old at the time of the marriage.
- A person is of unsound mind: at the time: either party was unable to understand the nature of the marriage and the responsibilities that come with it.
- Force: either party did not consent to getting married and was forced to do so
- Physical incapacity to perform:at the time of marriage, 1 of them was unable to consummate the marriage
While these are short descriptions of the reasons for an annulment but are important reasons in order for the family court to grant an annulment
In summary, to achieve in getting an annulment, the plaintiff must be able to prove and satisfy the court that he meets one of the above stated reasons. As it can be seen, the above mentioned reasons make an annulment procedure quite different from a divorce and hence must be treated differently.