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A court procedure that dissolves a marriage and treats it as if it never happened. Annulments are rare since the advent of no-fault divorce but may be obtained in most states for one of the following reasons: misrepresentation, concealment (for example, of an addiction or criminal record), misunderstanding and refusal to consummate the marriage.
If a marriage is though to be void (see: Void Marriage), either partner can apply to the High court for a ‘declaration of nullity’, indicating that the marriage effectively never took place. If a marriage is voidable, but not void (see: Voidable marriage), either party can apply to a competent court for an annulment. Annulment is technically different from divorce (see: Divorce) because it rests on the state present at the time of marriage, not events that happened after marriage. In practice, however, the effect of an annulment is much the same as divorce.
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