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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
Do you want to remain married to your current spouse?
Thank you. I'm sorry to hear that.
If your ultimate goal is to remain married, you don't have to go through the process of formally annulling it. You can simply file for divorce, then have a second wedding ceremony after the divorce is final. The first marriage is not legally valid, but you only need to have a judge declare it invalid if you were separating property or had to determine child custody or child support issues. Since you're going to stay together once it's legal, that's not necessary.
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I meant your first marriage to your current wife. I'm sorry.
If she feels that it's necessary, you can file a Petition to Annul Marriage with the local family courthouse. The courts don't make free forms available, because annulment is pretty uncommon (and a lot of people try to file when they don't qualify - the state doesn't want to encourage that).
Some sites Petitions available for purchase, or you could visit a law library and check out books that show you what the Petition should look like, if there's one near you.
Once you have the Petition, you file it and pay the fee, then they'll notify you of the court date .How long it takes depends entirely on how busy the courthouse is, because you need to go to trial. In some areas, it could take several months. The clerk of the court might give you a better idea of how soon you'd get to trial.
There is no legal reason to wait until the annulment is finalized before filing for the divorce.
Did you have any other questions about this?