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A marriage may be annulled based on or more reasons.

By Attorney Jeffrey B. Engle, Divorce Lawyer, Harrisburg, PA

The PA Divorce Code provides that a marriage is voidable and therefore, subject to an annulment (like it never happened) for one or more of the following reasons:

AGE

  • Where either party to the marriage was under 16 years of age unless the marriage was expressly authorized by the court.
  • Where either party was 16 or 17 years of age and lacked the consent of parent or guardian or express authorization of the court and has not subsequently ratified the marriage upon reaching 18 years of age and an action for annulment is commenced within 60 days after the marriage ceremony.

MENTAL DEFECT

  • Where either party to the marriage was under the influence of alcohol or drugs and an action for annulment is commenced within 60 days after the marriage ceremony.

PHYSICAL DEFECT OF A PARTY

  • Where either party to the marriage was at the time of the marriage and still is naturally and incurably impotent unless the condition was known to the other party prior to the marriage.

COERCION

  • Where one party was induced to enter into the marriage due to fraud, duress, coercion or force attributable to the other party and there has been no subsequent voluntary cohabitation after knowledge of the fraud or release from the effects of fraud, duress, coercion or force.

If you've gotten married and have some concerns about the ceremony, the other party's mental state at the wedding, or some other "external reasons" why the marriage took place, you may need to speak to counsel.  You may contact us toll free and or email us today.

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