Divorce and annulments are similar in that they both dissolve a marriage. However, when a couple divorces, they are terminating a valid marriage. When a couple gets an annulment, it is as though the marriage never existed. An annulment legally erases the marriage because it wasn’t legal from the start. In Rhode Island, a court will only grant an annulment under limited circumstances:
- Incest: the spouses are closer in familial relation (closer than first cousins) than is legally allowed
- Bigamy: either spouse was already married to another at the time of marriage
- Mental Incompetence: either spouse did not have the mental competence to knowingly and willingly consent to the marriage
- Refusal to Consummate the Marriage: either spouse refuses to have sexual intercourse with the other
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