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Annulments in Missouri
Annulment is a civil court process that declares a marriage never existed and, in Missouri, is very rare.
Annulments are described in the Missouri Code 451.020, 030; 451.022.
The most essential part of a marriage is the assent. Missouri annulment laws state that both the parties must marry with mutual assent. Otherwise the marriage is not valid.
Here are the grounds for an annulment in Missouri:
When a judge grants an annulment, the effect is that the marriage never existed and the couple was never married. This is different from divorce, where a marriage exists but is then ended by a court order.
Alimony/spousal maintenance is not available when a marriage is annulled.
Children of annulled marriage are considered legitimate children of the marriage if born during the marriage or within 300 days after the date of annulment. Parents may be ordered to pay child support and the children of the marriage may inherit even though the marriage has been annulled. The courts may also make orders regarding custody of the children.
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