You can get divorced in England or Wales if all of the following are true:
Annulment, sometimes known as nullity, is a different way of ending a marriage. Unlike divorce, you can apply for annulment in the first year of your marriage or any time after.
You or your spouse must have either lived in England or Wales for at least a year or had a permanent home in England or Wales for at least 6 months.
You’ll need to prove that the marriage either:
You can annul a marriage if it was not legally valid in the first place, for example:
If a marriage was never legally valid, the law says that it never existed.
However, you may need legal paperwork (a ‘decree of nullity’) to prove this if you want to get married again.
You can annul a marriage for a number of reasons, such as:
As with divorce, your marriage legally exists until you annul it for one of these reasons.
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