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An annulment is used when there are religious reasons, and accompanied by a church annulment procedure. A decree annulling a marriage is grounded on the fact that a valid marriage never existed, either because the marriage was void or voidable. A void or voidable marriage may be terminated by either a dissolution or an annulment.
The courts allow parents to seek annulment of the marriage of an underage child, when in the best interest of the child, since contracts made by under age children may be set aside upon the initiative of their parents or guardians.
A lack of physical capacity to consummate the marriage may also be sufficient grounds for annulment, although impotency should not be confused with sterility.
If the lack of intent to contract or to fulfill the contract can be proven, the marriage can be annulled. Lack of consent to the marriage can manifest itself in a marriage ceremony held in jest.
A marriage entered into under duress may be annulled if the duress dominated throughout the relationship of the parties to the extent that one party was prevented from acting as a free agent.