Mental incompetence.

One spouse (or both) does not or did not have the mental competence to enter into the marriage willingly.

Refusal to consummate marriage.

One spouse (or both) refuses to have sexual intercourse with the other.

It is worth noting that impotence and drug addiction are not valid legal reasons to seek annulment in Rhode Island. If a petitioner has valid legal grounds to invalidate the union, he must provide evidence to convince a judge. This evidence can be documented proof or witness testimony. If the judge rules that the marriage was invalid from the start, the annulment will be issued, and both partners can legally state that they have never been married.

If the voided marriage produced children, the children are considered legitimate to both parents under state law. As a result, both parents must provide child support after divorce, and both parents have a right to custody and visitation. The terms of child support, custody, and visitation must be included in the divorce proceedings even if the marriage is declared invalid.

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If you are considering a divorce you need to speak with an experienced Rhode Island divorce attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Warwick office directly at 401.946.3200 to schedule your free consultation. We help divorce clients in Providence, Warwick and all areas of Rhode Island.


Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.