An annulment is a legal document that nullifies a marriage. As far as the government is concerned, once the marriage is annulled, it is considered to have never taken place.
There are several requirements that must be met before a marriage can be annulled. Dissatisfaction with a spouse is not usually legal grounds for an annulment. However, each state differs regarding the specific legal requirements to obtain an annulment.
Things You'll Need
- Petition for annulment
Visit your local courthouse and obtain a "Permission for Annulment" form. Each state has its own laws regarding who may or may not request an annulment. Ask the courthouse clerk whether you meet these requirements. Common requirements for obtaining an annulment are: marriages between close relatives, mental instability, either or both spouses are under legal age, fraud, polygamy and coercion.
Write your name, your spouse's name and addresses in the space provided on the petition for annulment. You will also need to provide the date of the marriage, date of separation, the reason for separation and declare any joint personal property.
Complete a verification form. To complete it, you will give a sworn statement that says you request an annulment and that, to the best of your knowledge, all the information on the petition for annulment is correct. Under "Petitioner" goes the name of the person requesting the annulment. Under "Respondent" goes the name of the person who will be served the request for an annulment.
Give the clerk the petition for annulment and the verification form. Pay any applicable filing fees.
Tips & Warnings
- Each state is different. There may be additional forms you must fill out for an annulment to be completed.
- If you have joint property, it is best to consult a lawyer first.
- If there are children involved in the marriage, you must obtain a divorce to dissolve the marriage.
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