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What are the Grounds for an Annulment in New Jersey?

There are many situations in which couples wish to get an annulment rather than a divorce. If you are looking to learn more about this process, continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney for assistance during this time. 

What is the Difference Between Annulments and Divorces?

The main difference between getting an annulment and getting a divorce is that annulment does not involve traditional matters of divorce. This includes alimony, child support, etc. Simply put, an annulment makes it as if a couple’s relationship never happened. There are many couples in which their religions do not recognize divorce. In these situations, an annulment may be more acceptable religiously.

What are Grounds for Annulment in New Jersey?

There are a variety of grounds that may call for a couple to receive an annulment in the state of New Jersey. This can include the following:

  • When one person is under the age of 18 and gets married, it may be terminated later on.
  • If one partner was under the influence or physically capable of understanding what they were doing at the time of marriage, this may also be a valid reason for an annulment.
  • If there was fraud or misrepresentation involved in the marriage, or one spouse withheld information that may have prevented one party from participating in the marriage, an annulment may be granted. 
  • Bigamy is another common reason for annulments. This is when one spouse has another living spouse at the time they get married again. This renders the second marriage illegal in the United States. However, it is important to note that if both spouses knew one of them was legally married at the time of their union, they may not be granted an annulment. This is because it is considered a federal crime to do so in the United State.
  • Incest occurs within the marriage.
  • In the event that one spouse forced or threatened the other to get married, they can qualify for an annulment.
  • If you learned that your spouse was dishonest about his or her fertility, you may be granted an annulment.

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