As with divorce, an annulment is a means to end a marriage – however, unlike divorce, you don't have to wait a year and can annul a marriage any time after the wedding.
In order to annul a marriage, you either need to prove that the marriage was not valid in the first place, or that is has become substantially flawed or defective.
Reasons a marriage is considered invalid or 'void' can include:
Reasons a marriage may have become substantially flawed may include:
If you want to annul a marriage, you must first fill in a nullity petition which your solicitor can help you with. You then need to send two copies of this to your nearest divorce court and pay the £550 fee.
Once you have done this, the other party has 8 days to respond to your nullity petition, to let the court know whether or not they agree that the marriage should be annulled. If they agree, you can then fill in an application for a 'decree nisi' and a statement in support of annulment, which confirms that what you said in your nullity petition is true. Again, your solicitor will be able to help you with this.
Finally, 6 weeks after you get your decree nisi, you can apply for a decree absolute, which is the final legal document stating that the marriage has been legally annulled.
If you are considering an annulment, it is advised that you speak to a solicitor to discuss your options.
At Forbes, we understand how distressing the breakdown of a relationship can be and our expert team of family solicitors are here to help, as well as advise on any financial support issues or the options available to you in relation to any children of the relationship. To speak to our team about any aspects of an annulment, contact Forbes today on 0800 689 1058
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