Annulment Laws in Kansas


Many marriages fall apart, some quickly, some over a long period of time. In most cases, the couple will divorce; in some instances, an annulment -- a court order that in essence states the marriage never took place -- may be sought instead. Legal annulments are not common. All states have their own laws governing grounds for annulments, including Kansas.

Duration of Marriage

  • In marriages of short duration, where little has yet occurred to cloud the legal waters, an annulment may be the route of choice. Annulments can also take place in longer-term marriages if both parties agree and there are no complex issues to resolve.

Reasons for Annulment

  • According to Kansas state statutes, an annulment typically is granted for one of two basic reasons: If the marriage is considered void -- for instance, if a person unknowingly marries a first cousin -- or if fraud by one spouse convinced the other to marry him or her. A lack of knowledge of pertinent issues, such as one spouse being a felon, also can be grounds to request an annulment.

Issues to Be Settled

  • Many of the same issues as a divorce must be settled in an annulment, although they are usually less complicated because the marriage is shorter in term. These issues can include child support and custody; whether a spouse is entitled to alimony; who assumes what debt; and who gets what part of the personal property. In an annulment, these matters usually -- but not always -- are agreed upon by the parties amicably, with nothing contested.

Petitioning for an Annulment

  • To get the annulment process moving in court, one of the spouses must file a petition stating the grounds. The other spouse may in turn file an answer stating he accepts the petition -- or he may file a counterclaim stating the annulment request should be rejected.


  • After an annulment is granted, both former spouses have the right to remarry.


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