Human beings often make mistakes in life, from choosing the wrong school or job to even choosing the wrong partner in life. However, if someone realizes that their marriage is failing, they can choose to end it. While divorce is the most common method to end a marriage, annulment can sometimes also be an option.
For a marriage to be annulled in Minnesota, certain requirements must be met. One of the first is if one of the parties involved in the marriage did not understand what he or she was getting into. That means that one party was either mentally or physically incapable of understanding that they were entering the bond of marriage. If one party was under the influence of either drugs or alcohol while they were getting married, this can also be grounds for an annulment.
Another condition that can lead to an annulment is if one of the parties is unable to sexually consummate the marriage and the other person was not aware of this fact. This indicates that the marriage was carried out in a deceitful manner.
A marriage can also be annulled if one party is under the age of 16. The marriage is also not considered valid if one party is at least16 but not yet 18 and has not been given consent from his or her parents or guardian.
Realizing that someone is at the end of a marriage can be an extremely difficult situation. However, any Minnesota resident who wishes to explore the possibility of annulling their marriage may want to speak to a family law services attorney in order to understand if they qualify for this procedure.
Source: Minnesota Judicial Branch, "Annulment and Legal Separation," accessed Nov. 12, 2015