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You Will Need
- Grounds for annulment
- An attorney
- Proof of those grounds
Check your state law
For a civil annulment, research your state's family law by visiting your state's web site or calling a municipal or county court office. Rules vary across the country.
Have acceptable grounds
Prove that there was a defect in the marriage contract: if one party was already married, concealing something, under the influence of drugs at the time of the ceremony, underage or not mentally competent, these are all grounds for annulment.
Check the time limit
Make sure you are within the time limit allowed to file for an annulment – usually two years or less. These periods vary depending on the type of annulment being requested and the state in which the petition is filed.
Prepare to file
Make an appointment with a family law attorney and, if necessary, hire them to help you navigate the process.
Have the wronged party file
Have the wronged party file. The person responsible for the deception generally is not allowed to request the annulment.
Gather as much proof of the marriage-contract defect as possible. It helps if you have evidence and witnesses.