What is cause for annulment

So in a hypothetical situation,
Would an annulment be allowed if the couple (who was married 7 months ago) got married because they were pregnant, the husband abused the wife, the husband began to never initiate the sexual aspects of their relationship, the wife felt the marriage was unhealthy for her mental illnesses, and the wife never loved the husband before they got married? And the wife is planning a divorce.

Talking to a Priest in these kinds of situations is the only way to get the correct answer.


When a person or couple applies for a decree of nullity, what is considered is the state of mind and relationship BEFORE the exchange of vows. What happens in the marriage generally falls under “for better or for worse” – but, what happens in the marriage may be an indicator of the state of mind of the couple before making vows.

@CajunJoy65 is correct, however, that each case is unique and must be discussed with a priest or deacon to get answers.


Speak to someone at the Tribunal (an advocate).

In very general terms, the Church discourages a wedding during pregnancy because the situation may mean the parties do not fully, freely consent. Often they feel pressure from family or society.

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Pardon me, but what you said doesn’t sound hypothetical.



I agree, the situation described by the OP sounds incredibly specific…

As for the OP’s query, first of all, the “would annulment be allowed” is incredibly misleading. So it the common terminology “to get an annulment”. To proper term is “declaration of nullity”; there is merely a declaration that no valid marriage existed. In other words, the declaration doesn’t do anything to the marriage bond, because no marriage existed.

As for the situation described, it’s not a matter of whether a declaration of nullity would be “allowed”. It would be whether it is possible to prove that there are grounds for nullity, which would then be declared. The elements described all refer to things which happened after the marriage, which while they may provide some additional evidence for or against nullity, do not in themselves constitute any grounds for nullity.


Decrees of nullity don’t deal with hypotheticals. Decrees of nullity deal with specific facts of real cases.

A finding of nullity requires a petition based on canonical grounds and evidence.

Several of the items you listed might fall under either grounds or evidence.

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