Despite them being unusual applications, Hanahoe and Hanahoe Solicitors LLP have considerable experience in advising clients on Nullity applications. There are very strict criteria that need to be satisfied for an application for Nullity to be successful and if is very often the case that a Divorce or Judicial Separation is the more appropriate remedy.




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Essentially a Nullity is the declaration that the marriage never existed.
There are two types of marriages that can be annulled, ‘void marriages’ and ‘voidable marriages’.


  • A ‘void marriage’ is where the marriage never took place, so technically it’s not necessary to get a Court Order annulling the marriage. That said, for the avoidance of doubt it is always advisable to obtain an Order of Nullity from the Family Law Courts. The main reason a marriage would be deemed void is that at the time of the ceremony one of the parties lacked either capacity or consent to enter into the marriage contract.
  • A ‘voidable marriage’ requires a Court Order for it to be annulled and the marriage is valid until that Order is obtained. The most common reasons a marriage can be voidable are:
    ” at the time of the ceremony one of the parties is incapable of consummating the marriage
    ” that one or both parties were incapable of entering into or sustaining a proper or normal marital relationship. This is generally due to some type of psychiatric or personality disorder.



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