What is an annulment?

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When a couple wants to end their marriage, there are several options that they can use to do so. Of course, the couple can get divorced. If they want to, they can even become legally separated. Other times, a couple may wish to obtain an annulment. An annulment is different from a divorce or legal separation because it is one way of stating that the marriage was void from the very beginning and should never have been recognized. Annulments are sometimes related to religious beliefs so that the couple won’t be getting divorced but they are still allowed to end their marriage.

Some of the other differences between an annulment and a divorce are that some uncontested divorces never have to see the inside of a courtroom while an annulment requires a court hearing. The reasons for which a party may be able to request an annulment are as follows:

  • One of the spouses is under the age of 18 and no longer wishes to be married
  • One of the spouses is incurably incapable of having sexual relations
  • One of the spouses suffers from severe, incurable mental illness for five or more years
  • One of the spouses was forced to consent to the marriage

If you are considering your options to end your marriage, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney who can provide you with assistance.

Peter V. Mandi, Esq. is an experienced divorce and family law attorney located in Bohemia, New York. If you require strong and dedicated legal representation in Long Island, New York, contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. today for a free consultation.

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