There are a lot of misconceptions about annulments. People often think that obtaining a civil annulment is easier than getting a divorce. In reality, civil annulments are often more difficult to obtain because civil annulments are much more narrowly defined than a divorce.
THE BASICS OF CIVIL ANNULMENTS
- A civil annulment states that a marriage never existed.
- A civil annulment can only be granted by a judge.
- A marriage is not legally impacted by a canonical annulment received through the Catholic church.
- The grounds for receiving a civil annulment vary from state to state and country to country.
- Generally, there is a tight timeline for receiving a civil annulment. An annulment action usually has to be filed within two years of the marriage date.
- Some states have strict guidelines about living with one another.
- Cohabitation could be grounds for not granting an annulment.
- Being married only a short time is generally not grounds for an annulment.
- Maintenance or alimony would not usually be considered in an annulment.
- Children of an annulled marriage are considered legitimate.
REASONS ANNULMENTS ARE GRANTED -- GROUNDS FOR A CIVIL ANNULMENT
- Mentally Disabled
- Under Legal Age of Consent
- Marriage Not Consummated
- Incapacity Due to Drugs or Alcohol
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This text should not be regarded as legal advice. Consult an attorney familiar with marriage and family law and your own personal circumstances for legal advice regarding civil annulments.