Void or Voidable Marriages
A marriage can be annulled only if it is void or voidable in law. A void marriage is invalid from the inception of marriage. The petition for annulment of marriage can only be filed based on limited instances or reasons stipulated in the statutes. When a marriage has been annulled, the couple becomes single again as if they have never married before. A void marriage is one which is so flawed that it may be regarded as never having taken place, however a decree can be obtained through legally verify that fact. A voidable marriage is one which exists until such a time as the court grants a decree to annul it, which distinguishes it from a void marriage.