I married my husband 2 months ago. Soon after we were married I found out that he was not truthful with me about his criminal past. In addition, even though I asked him, he was completely dishonest about his finances both present and past. He is in considerable debt and has many creditors after him. I know I would not have married him had I known about all these things. Would this be considered fraud and qualify for an annulment in Wisconsin?
It is very difficult to obtain an annulment in Wisconsin. The statute provides that one of the grounds is that one party is inducted to enter into the marriage by fraud involving the essentials of marriage. This would usually mean someone's name (a false name), age, the fact that they were still married, they said they were pregnant but really weren't, etc. However, you can always try. I usually advise clients to plead in the alternative. This means you file for annulment but then also ask for a divorce in the event the court does not see fit to grant an annulment. Good luck to you.
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