A marriage can be annulled (judged to be null and void) as if it never existed when the cause alleged constitutes an impediment rendering the marriage void. An annulment of a marriage means, in effect, that the marriage did not take place.
Examples of grounds to annul a marriage are:
*The marriage was never consummated.
*One or both parties are not of legal age to marry.
*One or both parties lack the legal capacity to marry.
*The marriage was occasioned by either fraud, duress, or misrepresentation.
*One party has not divorced a previous spouse.