Annulment in England and Wales::Annulment


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Annulment in England and Wales England and Wales provides for both void and voidable marriages.<ref name=""/>

  • Void marriage: spouses are closely related; one of the spouses was under 16; one of the spouses was already married or in a civil partnership
  • Voidable marriage: non-consummation; no proper consent to entering the marriage (forced marriage); the other spouse had a sexually transmitted disease at the time of marriage; the woman was pregnant by another man at the time of marriage

Section 13 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 provides for certain restrictions in regard to the possibility of annulling voidable marriages, including where the petitioner knew of the "defect" and of the possibility of annulment, but induced the respondent to believe that he would not seek an annulment; or where it would be "unjust" to the respondent to grant the decree of nullity. There is usually a time limit of three years from the date of the marriage in order to institute the proceedings.<ref></ref>

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