If you can prove your marriage was not valid or defective you can apply to annul your marriage. Unlike divorce, the applicant can file for annulment any time after the wedding ceremony. Some individuals may prefer to annul the marriage due to their religious beliefs. If the marriage is ‘void’ the applicant will need to prove that their spouse was already married or in a civil partnership before they married; if one of the spouses was under 16 at the time of marriage or if you are closely related. You can also annul your marriage if it is ‘voidable’ by providing evidence that:
- The marriage wasn’t consummated
- You didn’t properly consent to the marriage
- The woman was pregnant by another man when you got married
- The spouse had a sexually transmitted disease (STD) when you got married
The next step in this process is to apply for a nullity petition and send copies to your nearest divorce court. After you have response from your spouse and they agree to the annulment you should apply for your decree nisi and provide a statement confirming that the marriage was either ‘void’ or ‘voidable’. You can then apply for a decree absolute after six weeks of obtaining your decree nisi. If the court does not see any reasons why the marriage can’t be annulled, they will send you a decree of nullity to prove the end of the marriage. Call one of our legal representatives in family law today to receive trusted legal advice and support on 020 3376 1888.
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