Similar to divorce, annulment ends a marriage. The difference, however, is that annulment voids a marriage that was legally defective.
Parties must be willing and able to consent to marry. This means that they must possess the mental capacity to make an informed decision. This consent must be given free of undue influence, duress, or coercion. In other words, if a party is intoxicated, he or she may be unable to effectively consent to marry. Additionally, most states require parties to be a certain minimum age before they can consent to marry.
If a party relies on certain material information when deciding to marry, misrepresentation of this information may legally invalidate the marriage. In some states this may include misrepresentation of desire to have children, ability to have children, physical health, criminal history, and age, among others.
Annulment is only available when very specific conditions are met. Contact our experienced family law attorneys for a free consultation.