A marriage may be annulled in the state of Ohio only under limited circumstances and once the marriage has been annulled, it is as if the marriage never occurred.
A marriage can be annulled under the following circumstances:
- when one of the parties was under age at the time of the marriage;
- either party was mentally incompetent at the time of the marriage;
- either party did not consent to the marriage;
- when consent to the marriage was obtained by force or was obtained through fraud;
- either party was married at the time of the second marriage; or
- the marriage was never consummated.
In most instances, there is a two-year statute of limitations on seeking an annulment of marriage. Usually, the statute of limitations begins to run from the date of the marriage or the date that a party learns of the event-giving rise to annulment; however, it depends on the specific facts of your case. Also, even if you meet one of the requirements for an annulment set forth above, you may nullify the requirement by your subsequent actions. As a result, it is very important when considering an annulment that you seek the advice of a Columbus, Ohio Annulment Attorney as soon as possible.
The above is a basic overview of Ohio’s annulment law, and there are many factors affecting your rights to annul a marriage that must be addressed on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions regarding your rights to an Ohio annulment, please contact our office for a free ten-minute consultation.