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Annulment

An annulment refers to the legal decree that denies that any marriage was ever valid.

The effect of this judicial decree is to annul and make void any marriage that existed as if it never existed.

Interestingly, before an annulment of marriage, the length of marriage time is not taken into consideration.

The laws of annulment vary by jurisdiction, so the act of one locality might not be similar to the law of another.

It is advised that you consult your local laws to get clarity about the requirement in your area,

The following are some of the reasons why an annulment can be granted:

Fraud or Coercion

This refers to a situation where the consent of one of the parties to the marriage was obtained by coercion or fraud. And the two parties failed to live together as a couple after being aware of the scam.

There are certain situations by which annulment is granted based on fraud or coercion, which includes the following:

Citizenship: if one party gets married to gain citizenship, or without representing the fact that he would not fulfill the prenuptial promise to become a U. S. citizen.

Sexual Relationship: if one party misrepresented several factors from consummation to childbearing to fertility (or lack of), homosexuality and more.

Health: if one party misrepresented or concealed facts on his/her physical health and mental health either at a former time or the present time.

Character, Honesty: if one party misrepresented or concealed specific issues from the past or was forced to marry.

Financial: if one party misrepresented or concealed the intention to obtain the other parties’ money, property or wealth, or does not fulfill specific terms in the prenuptial agreement.

Religion: if one party misrepresented or concealed individual religious facts cogent to the success of the marriage.

Other reasons for granting an annulment include:

Not disclosing a previous marriage.

It is violating the decree of divorce that prohibits remarriage.

Entering a marriage as a joke.

One or both parties are below the age of consent.

Temporary insanity at the time of marriage and many more.