Annulment Of Marriage

There are two ways to legally end the marriage i.e. annulment and divorce. An annulment is a legal procedure which cancels a marriage between the couple a man and a woman. Annulling a marriage is as though it is completely erased legally, it declares that the marriage never technically existed and was never valid.

A Petition for the annulment of marriage is moved on certain grounds provided in various matrimonial laws. To get an annulment, the party contesting the petition will have to prove the marriage is "voidable," meaning it was valid, but should be nullified (voided or canceled) based on one of the following grounds, unsound mind of the spouse, lacked the ability to give consent due to a mental impairment or due to the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Resultantly, the court considers that the marriage has not taken place at all and the tag of the ‘divorcee‘ is not attached. Once a petitioner contesting Annulment of Marriage is successful in proving its case, marriage is declared null and void. Annulment of marriage is very important in the scheme of matrimonial laws as there is no point in carrying the burden of divorce in cases where marriage has been solemnized on the basis of fraud or where the marriage is solemnized despite the fact that the responding spouse was already married.