Annulment of a marriage
Annulment is a legal process which allows either party to seek a declaration that the marriage is null and void. An Annulled marriage is considered to be invalid from the beginning as if it had never taken place.
This is a complicated area of law and therefore it is imperative that you take specialist legal advice prior to issuing an application for an annulment.
Under English Law an Annulment may be granted for any of the following reasons:
- If either party was already married at the time of your marriage;
- If either party did not or was unable to give valid consent to marriage;
- If you or your spouse was under 16 at the time of the marriage;
- If you were not a heterosexual couple;
- If you and your spouse are related;
- If you or your spouse had a sexually transmittable disease at the time of your marriage, which one had not disclosed to the other;
- If your spouse was pregnant with someone else's child at the time of your marriage and you were not informed about the pregnancy.
- If you did not conform with the proper legal requirements of the marriage.
Please note that it is not necessary to have been married for a minimum period of 12 months before applying for an Annulment and it is advisable that you seek immediate specialist advice should you wish to proceed with an application for nullity.
The cost of Annulment is greater than a Divorce application/Judicial Separation application since at least one Court appearance will be necessary.
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