This page provides library resources and links to Ohio laws about terminating a marriage through a civil annulment. Please refer to the Annulment without Children and the Annulment with Children tabs of this guide for legal forms for obtaining an annulment.
Please refer to the Ohio Divorce Law guide on this website for forms and information about obtaining a divorce, and to the Ohio Dissolution of Marriage Law guide on this website for forms and information about obtaining a dissolution.
A religious annulment through the Catholic Church is beyond the scope of the guide, although there are a couple of articles about church annulments in the the Links box of this page.
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Attorneys with a Franklin County Law Library card may check out these books. Other members of the public may use them in the Franklin County Law Library. The Library maintains the current edition of each of these books, unless otherwise noted.
The circumstances under which a marriage is annulled are called "grounds." There are six grounds for an annulment. You may qualify for an annulment if, at the time of the marriage:
1) You were under the age required for marriage (males must be 18 and females must be 16), and you did not thereafter live with your spouse in a husband-wife relationship. This annulment action must be brought within two years after you attain the legal age for marriage.
2) Either you or your husband/wife was already legally married and the spouse from the other marriage is still alive.
3) Either you or your spouse had been declared incompetent, unless competency was later restored and you lived together afterward as husband and wife.
4) The marriage consent of either you or your spouse was obtained by fraud, unless, after learning all of the facts, you lived together as husband and wife. An annulment action based on fraud must be filed within two years after discovery of the facts that constitute fraud.
5) The consent of either you or your spouse was obtained by force, unless afterward you lived together as husband and wife. This annulment action must be filed within two years of the date of the marriage.
6) Your marriage was never consummated. This means that you and your spouse have not had sex at any time following the marriage ceremony. Such an annulment action also must be filed within two years of the date of the marriage.