Annul A Marriage Step-By-Step

How to file your own annulment papers

It is possible for you to handle your annulment without the use of a solicitor if both parties are in agreement. However, there are a number of points that you need to consider before taking such task.


The grounds for seeking an annulment are quite limited. It can be suitable because of religious beliefs or as a result of limited circumstances in which the marriage came to be ‘celebrated’.


If you are able to satisfy Step 1 in our guide, then it is wise to seek legal advice on your legal position. It is also important to consider the most appropriate forms of financial support and other options available to you in your situation.

Step One:

To start proceedings, you must file a nullity petition. You will need to fill two copies; one to be sent to the nearest family court, and other copy to be kept with you. You will also need to pay the court fee of around £550. Your spouse must submit a response within 8 working days.

Step Two: Apply for a court order “Decree Nisi”

You must do so with a statement setting out the truth of your nullity petition. Similarly, with divorce you must wait 6 weeks and a day before applying for decree absolute – the ‘decree of nullity’.

Step Three: Apply for a decree absolute

You can apply for a decree absolute 6 weeks after you have been granted the decree nisi.

In such cases, it’s also called a ‘decree of nullity’. This is the final legal document which states that the marriage has been annulled or declared invalid. To apply for a decree of nullity, fill in the notice of application for decree nisi.


The court will check if there are any reasons that the marriage can’t be annulled. In most cases you don’t need to go to court. If approved, the court shall send you the decree of nullity. This will confirm that you’re no longer married.

Step Four:

Financial arrangements

In the same way as with divorce, any references to your spouse in a will lapse on annulment. Always review or make a new will on separation and in contemplation of a divorce or annulment.


While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided in this article, it does not constitute legal advice and cannot be relied upon as such. Each legal case and issue may have unique facts and circumstances, as a result legalally does not accept any responsibility for liabilities arising as a result of reliance upon the information provided. For further help and guidance, you can always rely on and seek advice from our experienced lawyers.

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