Annulment – it literally means “to make void”. To cancel an event or judicial proceeding both retroactively and for the future. Within the area of Family Law, for example, a marriage is annulled, it is struck from all records and stands as never been conducted. This differs from a divorce which merely cancels a valid marriage only from the date of the divorce ahead in time. A marriage annulled stands, in law, as if never done.
Example: “On the base of the collected proofs, the court proclaims the annulment of their marriage”.