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Annulment in Ohio

An annulment in Ohio not only terminates the marriage but it treats the marriage as if it never existed. There are many misconceptions about obtaining an annulment in Ohio. Many people believe that if they are married for less than a year they will be able to file for an annulment but this is not necessarily the case. The Ohio Revised Code provides only a limited number of circumstances that give rise to an annulment.

The following is a list of causes that if existing at the time of the marriage are grounds for annulment:

(A) That the party in whose behalf it is sought to have the marriage annulled was under the age at which persons may be joined in marriage as established by section 3101.01 of the Revised Code, unless after attaining such age such party cohabited with the other as husband or wife;

(B) That the former husband or wife of either party was living and the marriage with such former husband or wife was then and still is in force;

(C) That either party has been adjudicated to be mentally incompetent, unless such party after being restored to competency cohabited with the other as husband or wife;

(D) That the consent of either party was obtained by fraud, unless such party afterwards, with full knowledge of the facts constituting the fraud, cohabited with the other as husband or wife;

(E) That the consent to the marriage of either party was obtained by force, unless such party afterwards cohabited with the other as husband or wife;

(F) That the marriage between the parties was never consummated although otherwise valid.

If you believe your situation is one described above and wish to pursue an annulment, you need to contact a licensed Ohio attorney immediately as there are time limitations for filing for an annulment based on the cause for annulment.