Like a divorce, an annulment will end a marriage, however, it is only available in a very small number of cases.
If you think you may require an annulment we can advise you on the grounds for annulment and whether they apply to your own situation.
Along with annulment you can also apply to court for an order relating to children or finances, just like you would in a divorce.
There are two types of annulment available – one for void marriages and one for voidable marriages.
‘Void’ means that your marriage was never legally allowed from the beginning and after the annulment it is as if it never took place. Reasons for a void marriage include:
A marriage is ‘voidable’ in circumstances where there is some kind of defect in the eyes of the law, for example:
Although slightly different grounds apply, a civil partnership can also be annulled by a court.