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How Do Annulments and Divorces Differ?

It’s not uncommon to read a news story about a Hollywood couple choosing to call it quits by having their marriage annulled. How does that differ from the more common divorce?

Most people have an understanding of divorce as the legal dissolving of a marriage, which may involve factors such as alimony or child support. With a divorce, it is legally acknowledged that there was a marriage and the marriage is now over.

An annulment, on the other hand, serves as a way of suggesting that there never was a marriage, legally anyway. Here in Florida, an annulment falls under a civil or a religious annulment. In the case of the latter, it can only be granted by a church or clergy member.

To get a better idea of how Florida grants an annulment, it’s worth understanding void marriages. A “void” marriage is one that was never legally valid under Florida law. Examples of these void marriage may involve bigamy, incest, underage parents, or a marriage in which someone was/is mentally incapacitated.

Should you wish to learn more about annulment or you’re thinking about having your marriage annulled, please contact us.

This update is provided by the firm Rafool, LLC. We have a strong reputation throughout Florida and we have numerous years of experience representing clients involved in complex divorce cases as well as other family law matters. Should you have any domestic or family issue, we are here to assist you by providing educated advice and skilled, professional advocacy. Call 305-567-9400 to speak with one of our Miami family law lawyers.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

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