An annulment is when a court says your marriage or domestic partnership is not legally valid. An annulment essentially states that your marriage or domestic partnership was never legal.
A marriage can be legally invalid when it is:
Other marriages and partnerships can be declared “void” (invalid) because:
To get an annulment, you must be able to prove to the judge that one of the aforementioned reasons is true in your case. This makes an annulment case very different from a divorce or a legal separation. “Irreconcilable differences” are not a reason for getting an annulment.
Keep in mind that getting an annulment does not depend on how long you have been married. Even if you have been married only a very short time, you may not be able to prove to the judge that your case has one of the legal reasons that makes your marriage invalid.
Annulments are very rare. If you ask to have your marriage or domestic partnership annulled, you will have to go to hearing with a judge.
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