What does it mean to get an annulment?

An annulment is the process through which a marriage or civil union is declared to be null and void. In other words, if a couple is granted an annulment, they will no longer be considered to be in a legal marriage or union.


A marriage or civil union can only be annulled under certain conditions, including:


  • one or both parties were unable to consent to entering a marriage or civil union LESS THAN 90 DAYS AGO for one of the following reasons:

    • being forced to agree to the marriage or civil union

    • being under the influence of drugs or alcohol; or

    • the presence of a mental illness that would prevent one from being able to consent

  • one spouse is physically unable to consummate a marriage through sexual intercourse

  • you are in a prohibited marriage or prohibited civil union; OR

  • you are a minor child that has entered into a marriage or civil union