Annulment is a legal process where the Court declares a marriage to never have occurred because it was legally invalid. Because the Court rules that the marriage was never legal in the first place, it is as if you were never married at all.
The legal grounds for annulment are rather limited. The burden of proof is higher than what is required to obtain a divorce. Annulments are generally granted in cases where one party lacked the mental capacity to enter into marriage. They can also be granted when one party was not of legal age or if the marriage was brought about by fraud. Finally, marriages can be legally annulled on grounds of incest or impotency. Even though impotency is a potential ground for an annulment, failure to consummate the marriage through sexual relations with the other spouse is not a legal ground for annulment. Furthermore, even if a marriage has been for a very short amount of time, this does not give rise to grounds for annulment.
When a Court grants an annulment it is effectively declaring that the marriage never occurred because it was not legally capable of occurring. Therefore, the grounds are extremely limited to the instances listed above and a few more circumstances.
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