First, How Does An Annulment Differ From A Divorce?
Like a divorce, an annulment is a court proceeding that ends a marriage. However, unlike a divorce, an annulment treats a marriage as though it never happened. For many people, a divorce carries a stigma, and they would prefer that the marriage be annulled. Other people prefer an annulment for religious reasons. It may be easier for a person to remarry in his or her church if he or she goes through an annulment rather than a divorce.

The Four Major Grounds For Annulment
The first major ground is that there must be some type of misrepresentation or fraud. Examples of fraud include a spouse who lies about his or her ability to have children, or your spouse married you even though he or she was still married to someone else.

The second major ground for an annulment is that there was a concealment of a major issue prior to getting married. Some examples of concealment that may substantiate an annulment are concealing an addiction to alcohol or drugs, a conviction of a felony or children from a prior relationship.

The third major ground for an annulment is that one spouse refuses or has an inability to consummate the marriage. Basically, this means that one spouse refuses to have sex with the other spouse.

The fourth major ground for an annulment is that there is a significant misunderstanding. A common example that may warrant granting an annulment is when one person wanted children and the other did not.

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