First, you have to understand whether you want a legal annulment, or a religious annulment.
Legal annulments (called a declaration of invalidity of marriage) may be granted only for a few very specific reasons: for example, you were so drunk when you married your spouse you were incapable of realizing what you were doing, or your spouse’s father had a gun to your head at the altar and you had no choice but to say “I do.” What’s more, a request for a legal annulment must be filed within a very short time after your marriage. If you wait too long, you lose the chance to get your marriage annulled.
Religious annulments, on the other hand, have much different requirements. They may be easier or harder to get, depending upon your religion. To find out the requirements to get an annulment in your faith, you need to consult with the appropriate authorities in your church.
Karen A. Covy, J.D. is a divorce attorney and family law mediator in Chicago Illinois . She is the author of When Happily Ever After Ends, How to Survive Your Divorce Emotionally, Financially and Legally.
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