What are the grounds for getting an annulment in Virginia?

The valid grounds for an annulment in Virginia are very limited. The stipulations are:

1) One spouse was impotent at the time of the marriage;

2) One spouse had been convicted of a felony at the time of the marriage;

3) The husband had fathered a child born to another woman within ten months of the marriage;

4) The wife was pregnant at the time of the marriage by another man;

5) One spouse was a prostitute.

All of these circumstances require that the spouse seeking an annulment was not aware of the issue at the time of the marriage and that they moved to end the marriage as soon as they found out about the issues.

There is no right to an annulment based on the length of the marriage. If the couple separates right after the wedding, they will have to file for divorce unless one of the circumstances about applies.

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Edrie Pfeiffer, Bankruptcy & Divorce Attorney