An annulment is different from a divorce in that it essentially erases the marriage from history in all senses of the word. A divorce still acknowledges a marriage legally took place at one point. Many people seek an annulment because they want to pretend their marriage never happened, but this isn’t enough reason to obtain an annulment. The legal definition of annulment means there was no valid marriage in the first place, because the marriage was invalid from the beginning.
Grounds for annulment in the state of Iowa include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Incest, in which spouses are related by blood, as first cousins or closer
- Bigamy, as you or your spouse had another live spouse at the time of marriage
- Either party was incompetent and under the guardianship of another person
- Either party was underage
In order to obtain an annulment, you will need to file a Petition for Annulment in the district court, and either you or your spouse must have lived in the state of Iowa for the past year. You must determine under which legal grounds the marriage deserves to be annulled. In this process, you will have to face a hearing in front of a judge.
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