Why would someone want an annulment?
One person already being legally married. Fraud (one person lied to the other person so they would consent to marriage) Duress (one person agreed to the marriage after being threatened) Incompetence (at least one person was not legally competent to agree to be married, such as mental illness or physical disability)
What does annulment mean?
Annulment: A legal ruling that erases a marriage by declaring the marriage null and void and that the union was never legally valid. However, even if the marriage is erased, the marriage records remain on file. Note that a religious annulment is not a legal dissolution of a civil marriage.
How long can you be married to get annulment?
Generally, there is no period of time (e.g., three years, ten years) after the marriage by which an annulment must be sought. Practical considerations, however, might make obtaining an annulment earlier, rather than later, a prudent idea.
How do you annul a marriage?
There are two separate grounds to dissolve a marriage. One way is by filing for "Annulment of Marriage," wherein it assumes that the marriage was valid from the beginning until it is annulled by the Court. Another is filing for a "Declaration of Nullity of Marriage," which means the marriage was void at the onset.