Frequently Asked
Questions: Annulment


Find out if Annulment is right for you

From the process of declaring the nullity of a void marriage, to the specific grounds for annulment required under New York law, the right information can help you determine if an annulment is the best option for you.

You deserve to know the facts. For quick answers to common questions about annulment, explore our FAQs below or call us for a free and confidential consultation. Our divorce attorneys serve Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island with the knowledge, experience, and trust to give you the best advice.

How can I obtain an annulment?

An action for annulment or to declare the nullity of a void marriage is commenced the same way as an action for divorce. Please see the Divorce FAQ’s for answers to questions regarding litigation procedure.

What are the grounds for annulment in New York?

A common misconception is that a marriage can be annulled simply because it was of very short duration. This is not the case. As in divorce, New York law requires that you have one or more specific grounds to obtain an annulment. The available grounds are:

  1. a party was still married to his/her former spouse at the time of the marriage (this is an action to declare the nullity of a void marriage)
  2. one or both parties had not attained the legal age of consent to marry
  3. a party was a mentally retarded person or mentally ill person
  4. a party was physically incapable of getting married
  5. the consent to marry was obtained by force, duress, or fraud
  6. a party has been incurably mentally ill for five or more years

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Why Choose Petroske Riezenman & Meyers

There are countless Long Island attorneys who will promise to aggressively represent your interests in a divorce or family law dispute. But only one firm has the right mix of attributes to provide cutting-edge legal representation along with compassionate support in this stressful time.

At Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, our success is built on three pillars:


Matrimonial and family law changes often. New developments come out of Albany every year, and the courts implement the law in sometimes surprising ways. To effectively protect your interests, you need a lawyer who understands the latest developments in the law, however minor. We stay informed of upcoming amendments and trends in the law. We know the latest court decisions coming from remote counties that might impact how a judge decides a case here in Long Island. If there is a prior case out of the Family Courts that helps you, we will find it and bring it to the attention of the judge.

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Family law disputes are not like other lawsuits. These disputes are governed by different laws and different judges. Although you can ask a criminal defense lawyer or an immigration attorney to handle your matrimonial or family law dispute, you should not be surprised if they are soon in over their heads and unable to provide effective representation. At Petroske Riezenman & Meyers, our attorneys and support staff have dedicated their careers to excellence and professionalism in the practice of matrimonial and family law.

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We are proud to be highly recommended by many satisfied clients we have represented over the years in divorce and Family Court cases. No attorney can promise a result, and we do not claim to. But experience counts. We have over 60 years of combined experience, which allows us to perform a complete review of your case and discover facts that work to your advantage. We understand the unique challenges that family law disputes create, such as the risk of domestic violence, impediments to a negotiated resolution, or the possibility of harassing or vexatious litigation. To see the positive results we have achieved for others, check out our Client Reviews.

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