File for an annulment

Find out where and how to file for an annulment in Massachusetts.

Probate and Family Court locations

The Details   of File for an annulment

What you need   for File for an annulment

An annulment that's granted by the court is not the same as a religious annulment.

To get an annulment from the court, you'll need to file:

If you have children with your spouse, you'll also need to file:

If you have an attorney, they'll need to file:

You'll also need to pay the following fees. If you can't afford to pay your fees, you can find out if you're eligible to waive your fees. You'll also have to pay a fee to the sheriff or constable, which can vary.

Fees   for File for an annulment

Name Fee Unit
Annulment filing fee $200 each
Annulment surcharge $15 each
Annulment summons fee $5 each

How to file   File for an annulment

Make several copies of your forms and bring the originals to court with your filing fees. If either spouse still lives in the county where you had lived together, you must file in the Probate and Family Court in that county. Otherwise, you should file in the county where either of you live now.

Next steps   for File for an annulment

Let your spouse know that you've filed

You'll need to let your spouse know that you've filed by arranging for them to be served with a copy of the complaint that you filed, a notice, and a domestic relations summons. These are papers that tell your spouse what's happened and what will happen next. The court will give you the notice and summons when you file your papers, but you need to arrange to have the papers served. This is called service of process.

More info   for File for an annulment

Once you've served your spouse with the correct paperwork, the judge will decide whether an annulment will be granted. Judges will look very carefully at the specific reasons that an annulment can be granted. In some ways, this makes an annulment more difficult to get than a divorce.

If an annulment is granted, you can get a copy right away. See Get a copy of your Probate & Family Court record for more information. 

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