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While divorce is the legal process of ending a valid marriage, annulment is the legal process for ending an invalid one. In Illinois, annulment is known as a Declaration of Invalidity, and marriages can only be annulled if they fall under the categories of void or voidable. A void marriage represents a relationship that was illegal from the start. These are typically relationships in violation of the law, public policy or both, such as bigamy and incest. Because void marriages are automatically invalid, an annulment is not necessary to end them; however, a spouse may wish to obtain an annulment to establish a public record that the marriage never existed. Voidable marriages are relationships that are legal until voided by court order through annulment. If one of the spouses does not seek an annulment of a voidable marriage, the union will be treated as a valid.