Like a divorce, an annulment terminates a marriage. Unlike a divorce, however, an annulment treats the marriage as though it never occurred. In Illinois, an annulment is referred to as a Declaration of (or Judgment for) Invalidity of Marriage.
The statutory grounds for annulment, found in Section 301 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, can be difficult to satisfy and, consequently, many couples seeking an annulment do not qualify. Under Illinois law, the grounds for declaring a marriage annulled and invalid are coercion or duress, mental incapacity, fraud, physical incapacity to consummate the marriage by sexual intercourse, minor without parental approval, or if the marriage was otherwise prohibited by law.
Whether you are seeking a divorce or an annulment, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. have the necessary skills and experience to effectively and zealously represent you.