An annulment is one way to legally end a marriage, but not every marriage can be annulled.

Many people seek annulments to avoid the stigma of getting a divorce. Also, Annulments are also often much less complicated than divorces, which makes them an attractive option for some couples. If you’ve already had a chance to read our previous blog, then you know that an annulment doesn’t just legally end a marriage, it makes a marriage nonexistent in the first place, at least from a legal standpoint. Unfortunately, not all marriages can be annulled, and certain grounds have to be met for an annulment. The following is a list from our family law attorney in Hauppauge of the grounds for an annulment in New York:

#1. An underage spouse

If at the time of the marriage one spouse (or both spouses) was under the age of 18, the marriage can be annulled.

#2. Mental incapacity

If one spouse (or both spouses) was mentally incapacitated, and therefore, unable to consent to the marriage, it can be annulled.

#3. Inability to engage in sexual intercourse

If either spouse is unable to physically engage in sexual intercourse, the marriage can be annulled. Keep in mind that sterility does not count.

#4 Mentally illness

If either spouse develops an incurable mental illness that lasts for a minimum of five years, the marriage can be annulled.

#5 Fraud, coercion or duress

If fraud, coercion or duress was the reason for the consent of the marriage, the marriage can be annulled.

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