There are a lot of different reasons for a marriage to be annulled. This article will cover some of the situations where a New York court might agree to annul a marriage.
Reasons for New York Anulment
Retardation, mental illness and insanity are suitable reasons for annulment. For example, if a court sees that an individual was married while he or she was insane, retarded or mentally ill, then it would be grounds to show that the marriage agreement was not valid — and the relationship was not necessarily consensual because individuals suffering from these conditions are considered unfit to provide legal consent. Temporary or periodic insanity is also grounds for annulment. Similarly, intoxication is also grounds for annulment if one or the other spouses was taking drugs or alcohol at the time of marriage.
Fraud could lead to the annulment of a marriage if it is shown that one or the other parties lied to induce the other party to marry. Lack of consent or duress is another reason for annulment if one or the other parties was forced to marry under the threat of violence. The actual threats must be shown to have occurred.
Impotency or an inability to consummate the marriage is another grounds for annulment if the party entering the marriage did not discover this fact until after agreeing to marry.
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There are other common grounds for annulment that include incest, bigamy (already being married) and lack of parental consent for a marriage in the case of an underage person. If you are currently married but doubt the grounds upon which your union is based, it is possible that annulment could apply to your situation. An experienced family law lawyer can provide insight on the matter and whether or not annulment would apply to a particular situation.
Source: FindLaw, “Annulments – Overview,” accessed July 15, 2016.