Kentucky provides you with two options when a resident wants to end his marriage: divorce or an annulment. Although divorce permits you to permanently end your marriage, it doesn't erase the fact that it occurred. To end the marriage, you and your spouse usually have to work out child custody, spousal support and child support agreements. An annulment is a declaration by a divorce court that a valid, or legal, marriage never existed. Obtaining an annulment in Kentucky requires following similar steps as seeking a divorce. The state, however, only permits the annulment of a marriage for specific reasons.
Understand the difference between a legal annulment and religious annulment. Only Kentucky can provide you with an annulment to invalidate your marriage. A religious annulment is one given through your priest, rabbi or minister so you can remarry within your faith.
Decide the reason for the annulment. Kentucky requires you provide a reason such as fraud, force, kinship, age and mental capacity before the court invalidates the marriage.
Write an annulment petition. The petition includes your name, spouse's name and reason for the annulment. You can use a blank form you purchase online, in a legal book or in an office supply store.
File a Petition for Annulment with the local court in your jurisdiction.