An annulment is a legal procedure that causes a marriage to be as if it never existed. The most common reason that a marriage is annulled is fraud. This usually means a failure to disclose some important fact to the spouse like a communicable disease, an inability to have children, a previous divorce or a criminal past. Other common reasons are bigamy, incest or duress. Anyone who marries before the age of consent can have their marriage annulled. Most people do not get annulments unless they have some legal, financial or religious reason to avoid a divorce. An example would be a wealthy spouse who didn’t want the other to get their money in divorce proceedings.

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