Civil Annulments -- How to Obtain a Civil Annulment

The Basics and Grounds of Civil Annulments

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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

  • Bigamy
  • Incest
  • Fraud
  • Insanity
  • Mentally Disabled
  • Impotence
  • Under Legal Age of Consent
  • Marriage Not Consummated
  • Incompetence
  • Duress
  • Misunderstanding
  • Concealment
  • 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.