TN 29 (05-01)

GN 00305.135 When Annulment Permits Initial Entitlement or Reentitlement

PROCEDURE

Follow the instructions below when annulment permits initial entitlement or reentitlement:

  • Always get a copy of the annulment decree. Follow procedures in GN 00301.015. If the decree does not show why the annulment was granted, ask the claimant to submit a copy of the complaint filed in the proceedings.

  • When a marriage is absolutely void under State law, the parties do not always have to have the marriage annulled by a court. If such a marriage is alleged, get from the claimant a statement fully explaining the conditions or circumstances which made the marriage void. See policy in GN 00301.015

  • Determine whether the marriage was void or voidable. See policy in GN 00305.125 and GN 00305.130.

  • If voidable, determine whether the State court was empowered to grant permanent alimony.

  • If necessary, follow the procedures in GN 01010.800 for possible submittal to the regional chief counsel per GN 01010.815.

    CAUTION: See policy in GN 00305.085 A.3. if claimant is a divorced putative spouse or widow(er).


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GN 00305.135 - When Annulment Permits Initial Entitlement or Reentitlement - 03/28/2012
Batch run: 03/28/2012
Rev:03/28/2012