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Many people prefer to file for an annulment, rather than a divorce, if they can. They believe it “dissolves” their marriage without having to go to court. However, in Connecticut, there are certain criteria you need to meet in order to obtain an annulment. There are also different types of annulments, which can often come as a surprise.

To obtain a civil annulment in Connecticut you would need to prove that either your spouse is already legally married to another person, and that marriage is still valid, that the person who officiated your marriage was not properly licensed, your spouse has a mental or physical condition that they purposely hid from you, or you and your spouse would need to be closely related.

Often, clients seek a religious annulment, but that is only recognized by the church, and is not recognized by the court whatsoever. Another surprising fact about annulments is that they are not any quicker than a divorce and should not be perceived as the “quick” alternative.

An annulment is still public record, and will have to be filed, served, and the opposing spouse will be asked to file an appearance and/or retain counsel to do so on their behalf. Much like a divorce, you will still need to come to an agreement to finalize your annulment, or, in some instances, actually proceed forward with a trial.

We are happy to answer questions about whether it is better, in your specific matter, to file for an annulment, or a divorce. If you are looking to make your annulment easier, and not harder, we are the firm for you!

Choose Wolf & Shore Law Group. Attorneys Kristen Wolf and Shari Shore are both tenacious enough to protect your best interest and compassionate enough to understand the difficulties that arise during an annulment or dissolution. Ever argue with a woman? Let Wolf & Shore Law Group go to work for you. Call us at 203.745.3151 or email us at

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