A. Getting an annulment does not depend on how long you have been married or in a domestic partnership. Even if you have been married/in a partnership only a very short time, you may not be able to prove to the judge that your case has 1 of the legal reasons that makes your marriage/partnership invalid. Learn the legal reasons for an annulment of a marriage or registered domestic partnership.
A. A marriage is NEVER legally valid when it is:
Other marriages and partnerships can be declared invalid because of:
To get an annulment, you must be able to prove to the judge that 1 of these reasons is true in your case. Proving that there is a legally valid reason to get an annulment can be very difficult. Talk to a lawyer for help understanding exactly what you need to show to a judge before he or she will agree to give you an annulment. Click for help finding a lawyer.
A. You can file an “amended” petition changing your request from an annulment to a divorce or legal separation. You would then follow the instructions and steps required to get divorced or legally separated, including meeting the residency requirements (living for at least 6 months in the state and at least 3 months in the county where you would file your amended petition).