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While divorce is the most common means of dissolving a marriage, annulment is also a way to end a marriage in certain instances. When the court rules that a marriage is annulled, it is saying that the marriage was never legally valid. Grounds for annulment, legally called "declaration of invalidity of marriage," vary in different states.

In Illinois, grounds may include the following circumstances:

-          A person lacked capacity to consent to the marriage at the time that the marriage was solemnized, or else was forced into the marriage, either because of mental incapacity or infirmity or because of the influence of alcohol, drugs or other substances.

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Paternity is a legal relationship between a father and his child, and it is vitally important for a number of reasons.

  • Ensure a child’s right to a legal relationship.
  • Add the father’s name to the birth certificate.
  • Protect the parents’ rights.
  • Enable access to family medical information.
  • Secure the child’s benefits such as financial and medical support, Social Security, veteran’s benefits and inheritance.

If the parents of the child were not married to each other when the child was conceived and/or born, the father is considered the "alleged father." The alleged father is not the legal father of the child and his name cannot be added to the child's birth certificate until paternity is legally established.

In Illinois, if the mother is/was married when the child was conceived and/or born, her husband/ex-husband is legally presumed to be the father of that child.

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