If a spouse was under 18 at the time of the marriage and lied about it to their spouse, the marriage won’t be annulled unless the underage spouse wants to annul the marriage and shows proof of their real age before their eighteenth birthday.If a spouse is 16 or 17, they can still have a valid marriage if their parents consent and a judge approves, in which case it can’t later be annulled.
This article provides an overview of annulment in Iowa, including what an annulment is, who qualifies, and the legal effects of an annulment.
Check with the district court of the county where you or your spouse live to see if they have requirements in addition to what's listed below.
If your marriage was legally invalid from the beginning, you may be eligible to have your marriage annulled.
In Iowa, you can base your annulment on any of the following grounds: Some of these grounds for annulment have additional conditions.
You file your petition for annulment in the district court for the county where either you or your spouse live.
Contact the clerk at your county district court to see if they have a sample petition for annulment that you can use.
If you have additional questions about whether your marriage may be annulled, you should contact an experienced family law attorney in for advice.
An annulment is different from a divorce: instead of ending a valid marriage, an annulment means that there was no valid marriage in the first place.
A link showing maps and contact information for all Iowa district courts is listed below.
For example, ff one spouse had a previous husband or wife when the parties were married and that previous spouse dies, and the current spouses still live together after the death, the marriage won’t be annulled.
Also, if current spouses continue to live together after the previous marriage is dissolved, the current marriage won’t be annulled.