I’ve done a lot of divorces from short term marriages lately; and by short term I mean between 1 year and 6 weeks. When I get that first call from the divorce seeker they typically start by saying “I need a divorce. I’ve been married for __________ years/months/weeks. Wait! Is that an annulment because it’s so short? Does that mean I can be rid of him/her by the end of the month?” That’s not exactly how it works.
This is how it works:
- It is not called an annulment. It is called a “Declaration of Invalidity”.
- There are 7 ways to get one, none have to do with length of marriage:
- Jail bait need not apply. If the person you said “I do” to is underage, 18 to get married, or 17 with a parent’s consent.
- They practice that Sister Wives lifestyle. Is there another living husband or wife?
- You can’t be closer than Kissing Cousins. Incest will get you an annulment if you are related closer than first cousins.
- You can blame it on the a a a a a alcohol. If your S/O was mentally unable to consent to the marriage; insane, intoxicated, or incapacitated then you are in luck.
- Duress (I got nothing cute for this one). One spouse was coerced into getting married.
- The lie detector determined that was a lie. If you were defrauded by your love about something essential to the marriage.
- You can’t force it. If the marriage was based on threats or physical force.