Some people speak about divorce and annulment in Florida as if they are synonymous, but they are not. While both divorces and annulments make a determination about marital status, there is a key difference:
A divorce ends a marriage that was valid in the eyes of the law. Conversely, an annulment declares that the marriage never even existed. The annulment voids the marriage because it was based on fraud or other criteria set forth by the court.
Annulments in Florida are very hard to get. Certain criteria must be met in order to have your marriage voided. Florida’s appellate courts have made determinations that constitute Florida’s annulment laws, and the criteria for annulment include:
Annulments must go through the Florida courts. To request an annulment, you must file and serve a petition for annulment and lay out your argument for why you believe your marriage is void. It can be a lengthy, complex, and costly process, which is why it’s important to have an experienced family law lawyer at your side.
Also important to remember is that, unlike a divorce, at the end of an annulment there will be no division of marital property or issuance of spousal support as the marriage is considered to have never existed.
If you have questions about annulments, divorce, or other family law concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us at the Vasquez de Lara Law Group right away. We offer confidential case evaluations to discuss your specific situation.