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Divorce and annulment, what's the difference?

Sometimes a person doesn't know how, but they know that they want a marriage to end. Short of disappearing off the face of the earth, what options exist for dissolving the partnership with a spouse in Florida? Some people may have heard of an annulment as an option for breaking up. But what is an annulment, really? And is it different than a divorce

An annulment and a divorce are both options for ending a marriage. The annulment is an option that eliminates the marriage as if it never existed. There is no requirement to divide assets, since the partnership was never valid. In order to be granted an annulment, one must prove either that there was bigamy, insanity, fraud or force. In order to prove the case, the couple must appear in court. 

For most people, divorce is an acceptable and easy option. Most states have no-fault laws for the dissolution of the marriage. This means that a person does not have to prove that the partner was deficient in some way; a person can simply give irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split, and the divorce will be granted. A couple has the option of going to trial or settling the matter themselves. 

Both options have their benefits and drawbacks, and both options must be completed through the legal system. An individual contemplating divorce or annulment may wish to gather full details about his or her options and weigh the pros and cons. In Florida, a family law attorney can provide knowledge and assistance to individuals seeking to end their marriage. 

Source: Women's Health, "What's The Difference Between A Divorce And An Annulment?", Macaela Mackenzie, Sept. 7, 2017

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