grounds for annulment

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grounds for annulment

I got married on Dec 17, 2016 and I wish I hadn’t.
It was about 3 months before the wedding when I realized I didn’t want to marry him, but I felt like it was too late. My parents had spent so much money and I didn’t want to disappoint them. I was previously engaged and ended that once I found out he was cheating on me so I felt like cancelling the wedding would make people think I was just that type of person.
I didn’t want my character to be tarnished and I really didn’t want to hurt anyone. But now I am so miserable and I don’t know what my options are/ if I have any. I looked up grounds for annulment and don’t know if that would apply.

Asked on January 5, 2017 under Family Law, Virginia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Nothing you describe is grounds for annulment: not wanting to get married, regretting getting married, getting married so as to not hurt or disappoint others, etc. are not reasons for annulment. Annulment is when the marriage was legaly invalid (not merely undesirable or bad) from the beginning, such as due to--
Lack of consent: one party was under the legal age to marry; one party was mentally  incompetent and could not consent
Fraud: one party lied about about one of two fundamental things--either that they only wanted to get married for immigration reasons (but did not disclose that there was no real intention to marry at all) or that they did not want and would never have children, or that they cannot have children, but lied about that (since procreation is one of the prime purposes of marriage)
One of the parties was currently married at the time of the wedding, since you can only marry one person at a time in this country.
Other than as the above you cannot get an annulment, though you may well be able to divorce.

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