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Grounds (And Not Grounds) For Annulment


There are grounds for annulment and some are also not grounds for annulments.

There are people with a lot of different questions about getting a divorce in Michigan. We, at Haque Legal, have always answered questions per topic and aim to continuously do so when we can. 

However, there are some questions, basic as they are, that people commonly ask that we cannot lump into a category. In this article, let us continue our discussion on some of the common lingering questions that people have about getting divorced in Michigan.

In this part of our article series, we continue our discussion about your other options other than getting a divorce.

In this part of our article series, let us continue to discuss the concept of an annulment in Michigan and we are sure that there are a lot of other questions that you may have about it. 

What are the grounds for annulment?

Other than the grounds listed in parts one and two of our article series, there are also other grounds for annulment.

Concealed Intent

In instances where one of the parties conceals the thought they never intended to consummate the marriage or have sexual intercourse with the other party, it is considered as a ground for annulment. Concealed intent in getting married is considered as one of the more problematic aspects of entering into the union.

The intent is hard to prove and there are a lot of requirements as to how one can prove the intention of the party at the time of the marriage. Here we go back to the definition of what the purpose of marriage is and that is for the confirmation of the love between the husband and wife. 

When one of the parties conceals the fact that and has no intention to consummate the marriage or that they entered into the marriage as a joke it is very obvious that the marriage is a sham on his or her part.

Data gathering and evidence gathering when the ground for an annulment is concealed intent is certainly a challenge. In most of the cases that we have handled the intent of the parties may be reflected on his actions as well as his or her failure to fully consummate the marriage when it should have been consummated on the wedding night.

Here at Haque Legal, we intend to give our clients back their freedom when we handle their divorce or annulment. If you have evidence on hand that you think will be helpful for us, you should do your best to contact us and let us help you.

Improper Ceremony

The ceremony that occurred at the time of the union of the parties is very important. While the process in itself is not set by a standard it must be performed by an individual who has the legal authority to perform marriages. 

If the solemnizing officer or the individual who performed the marriage is not allowed by law to perform such marriage then it can be considered as if the wedding did not exist and that the wedding is void from the beginning.

Other Reasons

Other reasons could be used as a ground for annulment. Other reasons have to do with the ability of a party to freely consent to the marriage, the application of the foreign law, and other reasons that have to do with the marriage and that affect its validity.

What are not grounds for annulment?

There are other grounds for annulment that are used in other States but are not allowed to be used in Michigan. They are the following:

Length of the Marriage

The length of the marriage of the parties is not a ground for an annulment. Whether the parties have just been married for 72 hours and then decided to separate or they have been married in 1 month or a year, it does not affect the validity of the marriage. However, the parties can use the grounds listed above and its discovery, regardless of the length of the marriage, as a ground for annulment. It is only the length of the marriage that cannot stand alone.

Not Living Together

There are some instances where the parties claimed that they have not lived together and or therefore should not be considered as having been married. This is not a ground for annulment and should not be used as such by the parties.

Change of Mind

Perhaps one of the funniest grounds for an annulment but have been used is the change of mind or finding out that you do not like your spouse or that your spouse does not have the amount of money that you thought he or she has or that you hate his or her habits.

Changing your mind after seeing what you have committed to for the rest of your life is not a valid reason for you to file for an annulment. We do recommend that you try filing for a divorce.

In the next part of this article series, we will be discussing some of the common questions asked by individuals who are torn between getting an annulment and getting a divorce.

Let Haque Legal Help You With Your Annulment or Divorce

Now that you know some facts about dealing with divorce or annulment, it is time to get down to it. If you require a family law attorney in Southfield who can assist you with ensuring that you protect your rights to your property, it is important to know that you also have a team that can help you out with your specific needs. 

Our law firm is dedicated to making sure that those who are innocent will be protected by the law and the full extent of justice will be used.


The article that you have read is based on general applications of the law. It is not legal advice and it is not to be construed as any legal consultation with the firm. No client-attorney relationship is created when you read the articles we have provided.

Let us help you out.

If you need a lawyer to help you during your divorce proceedings as well as your annulment proceedings, call us immediately. If you have any problem with the law or are seeking justice and truth, our numbers are standing by to take your call.

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