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Do I Qualify for an Annulment in Tennessee?

If your marriage was invalid or fraudulent from the start, you may qualify for an annulment. Whereas the end result of a divorce is a terminated marriage, the end result of an annulment is a voided marriage — meaning that in legal terms, the marriage never happened. Some of the other results of an annulment include the following:

  • No divorce settlement, rights to marital property or asset division
  • No succession rights (to share in former spouse’s estate)
  • No rights to spousal maintenance/alimony

Grounds for annulment

Tennessee laws are strict when it comes to nullifying a marriage. Only the following instances are considered legitimate grounds for annulment:

  • Mental illness, insanity or incapacity that prevented consent to the marriage and/or relationship
  • Temporary insanity
  • Fraud or misrepresentation compelling one party to enter into the marriage under false pretense
  • Consent under duress or a real threat of violence
  • Permanent and incurable impotence existing before the parties were married
  • Lack of circuit court judge approval in marriages involving someone under age 16
  • Bigamy
  • Incest, such as marriages between parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, full- and half-siblings, and aunts/uncles and nieces/nephews
  • Denial of marital rights, such as one spouse refusing to cohabitate with the other or to engage in sexual relations, and the parties never lived together or consummated the marriage

Consult a Nashville attorney when dealing with fraudulent marriage issues.

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