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Getting a Marriage Annuled in Illinois: Who is Eligible?

At Nottage & Ward, LLP, we put our clients' interests at the forefront. It is always our goal to resolve cases in an efficient and satisfactory manner. Family law proceedings can be very costly for clients and consequently very lucrative for attorneys. However, we do not seek to take advantage of our clients for the sake of profit; rather, we strive towards what is best for them and their families by employing effective legal strategies to reach solutions fast. If you are currently facing legal issues with your marriage or other family matter, please get in touch with our experienced Chicago family law attorneys right away. You can reach us at (312) 332-2915 for an informative consultation.

What Is Marriage Annulment?

Illinois law states that annulment is a "declaration of invalidity of marriage." It is a court order that renders a marriage invalid, revoking its state-recognized status. A divorce is different in that it signals the end of a valid marriage. In an annulment, the marriage was never valid in the first place.

What Are Legal Reasons for Annulment in Illinois?

In Illinois, a marriage annulment can be requested based on one of the four following reasons:

  • One of the spouses could not consent to the marriage. For example, s/he was disabled or under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time, or was induced into the marriage under duress or fraud.
  • One of the spouses does not have the ability to engage in sexual intercourse. The individual requesting the annulment must not have been informed of this at the time of the marriage.
  • One of the spouses was aged 16 or 17 and did not receive approval from his/her parents.
  • The marriage was not legal.

What's the Time Limit on an Annulment?

The time limit for annulment varies and is determined by the specific circumstances of the marriage in question.

  • If one of the spouses in a marriage was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or otherwise mentally impaired at the time, or was coerced into the marriage, s/he has 90 days from the time s/he discovers the described condition to file for an annulment.
  • A parent can request an annulment of his/her minor child's unapproved marriage any time before s/he becomes an adult at 18.
  • If one of the spouses is incapable of engaging in sexual intercourse, and the other spouse did not know about it at the time of marriage, s/he has one year to request an annulment.
  • There is no time limit for annulment when one of the spouses is involved in multiple marriages.

In the first scenario, the spouse who was "tricked" can demand the same rights as a legal spouse, including the right to divide property and the right to maintenance or alimony.

Helping You Get Out of a Bad Marriage

If your spouse attained your hand in marriage through wrongful means and you wish to file for annulment, contact Nottage and Ward, LLP. We will use the full extent of our legal skills and knowledge to get your annulment approved by the state so you can move on with your life as soon as possible.

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