There are a number of reasons for which some people seek annulments rather than divorces, and a number of potential justifications for an annulment. Sometimes there are religious reasons for seeking an annulment, when a divorce would bring great stigma and obstacles for the future. Sometimes a person seeking an annulment simply wants an official record to substantiate legal reasons for declaring a marriage invalid, such as:
Intoxication at the time of a quick marriage
Inability of one party or the other to consent to marriage
Fraud without consummation of a marriage
Existence of another marriage that was never properly ended through divorce or annulment
One difference between a divorce and an annulment is that a family law court has to agree that an annulment is justified. A divorce, on the other hand, is available to people who were married without any need for justification. Even if you and the person you married agree that an annulment is an appropriate mechanism to use for ending your marriage, it will happen only if a family judge also agrees that it meets the necessary criteria.
Is annulment appropriate — and a likely available option — for ending a marriage that you entered into in Florida or elsewhere? Contact our office to discuss your family law questions. We will give you an honest assessment of the legal issues involved in your case and let you know how we can help.
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