Divorce is not the only way for couples to end a marriage. Some alternatives to divorce court include legal separation and annulment. Most states have divorce laws governing how divorce alternatives are handled by the divorce court.
Massachusetts divorce law allows couples to get an annulment, which treats the marriage as though it never existed because it was never legal under state law. The Massachusetts divorce court grants annulment and the marriage is automatically void when:
The marriage is between relatives
The marriage results in a polygamous marriage
The Massachusetts divorce court may also rule that the marriage is void for reasons of insanity or one spouse is under the legal age limit. If the Massachusetts divorce court determines the marriage to be invalid, the marriage will annulled by the divorce court.