An “annulment” is a legal proceeding that treats a marriage as if it never existed. A marriage may be annulled for the following reasons (see Iowa Code section 598.29):
- The marriage between the parties is illegal.
- Either party to the marriage was impotent at the time of marriage.
- Either party already had a husband or wife living at the time of the marriage to be annulled.
- Either party was a protected person under a guardianship and was found by a court to lack the capacity to contract for a valid marriage.
Annulments can be legally complicated, and you may want to talk to an attorney.