When married couples separate, the presumption is that the parties will proceed with a Divorce. In some cases it may be appropriate to apply to annul your marriage by filing a Petition for Nullity.

Annulling your marriage means that your marriage is void or becomes void.

In order for you to be able to apply to annul your marriage, your marriage must either be void or voidable. Void marriages are those which are deemed to have never existed because they were never valid. Voidable marriages are those which were entered into in valid circumstances but subsequently are shown to be invalid.

Void marriages:

1. The parties are too closely related and are therefore not permitted to marry
2. Either party is under 16
3. Either party is already married or in a Civil Partnership

Voidable marriages:

1. The marriage has not been consummated
2. Either party did not consent to the marriage
3. Either party was suffering from a mental disorder such that they were unfit to enter into marriage
4. One party had a sexually transmitted disease
5. Where the female was pregnant by someone other than the person whom she was marrying

Marriages that are void, never existed. This means that the parties cannot apply for financial remedy. Marriages that are voidable, only become void at the time that the final order nullifying the marriage is made. Financial remedy through the Courts is therefore available.

At Hepburn Delaney, we offer a number of services to support you through your Nullity petition. If your Nullity petition is going to be agreed between you and your spouse, we offer a fixed fee to undertake all the work from drafting the Petition, right through to obtaining the final order. The only additional cost will be the Court fee and any additional work associated with financial remedy if applicable.

Alternatively, if you wish to undertake this work yourself, we are happy to advise you on an ad hoc basis at our competitive hourly rates.

In the event that the Nullity is not agreed, we will advise you of the likely fees at the outset and help you manage your legal costs to your best advantage.

If you believe that your marriage is void or voidable and wish to petition for Nullity, we suggest that in the first instance you attend our initial fixed fee appointment when we can discuss your options in full.

To contact us, please:

Call us on 01442 218090

Send an email to info@hepburndelaney.co.uk

Click on the link to the right and Contact the Family Team

The Basics

When married couples separate, the presumption is that the parties will proceed with a Divorce. In some cases it may be appropriate to apply to annul your marriage by filing a Petition for Nullity.

Annulling your marriage means that your marriage is void or becomes void.

The Advice

In order for you to be able to apply to annul your marriage, your marriage must either be void or voidable. Void marriages are those which are deemed to have never existed because they were never valid. Voidable marriages are those which were entered into in valid circumstances but subsequently are shown to be invalid.

Void marriages:

1. The parties are too closely related and are therefore not permitted to marry
2. Either party is under 16
3. Either party is already married or in a Civil Partnership

Voidable marriages:

1. The marriage has not been consummated
2. Either party did not consent to the marriage
3. Either party was suffering from a mental disorder such that they were unfit to enter into marriage
4. One party had a sexually transmitted disease
5. Where the female was pregnant by someone other than the person whom she was marrying

Marriages that are void, never existed. This means that the parties cannot apply for financial remedy. Marriages that are voidable, only become void at the time that the final order nullifying the marriage is made. Financial remedy through the Courts is therefore available.

The Costs

At Hepburn Delaney, we offer a number of services to support you through your Nullity petition. If your Nullity petition is going to be agreed between you and your spouse, we offer a fixed fee to undertake all the work from drafting the Petition, right through to obtaining the final order. The only additional cost will be the Court fee and any additional work associated with financial remedy if applicable.

Alternatively, if you wish to undertake this work yourself, we are happy to advise you on an ad hoc basis at our competitive hourly rates.

In the event that the Nullity is not agreed, we will advise you of the likely fees at the outset and help you manage your legal costs to your best advantage.

The Next Steps

If you believe that your marriage is void or voidable and wish to petition for Nullity, we suggest that in the first instance you attend our initial fixed fee appointment when we can discuss your options in full.

To contact us, please:

Call us on 01442 218090

Send an email to info@hepburndelaney.co.uk

Click on the link to the right and Contact the Family Team