Orlando Annulment Attorney
When a marriage runs its course and you can no longer stand to be with your partner anymore, you may consider divorce. However, some people regret their marriage altogether and wish they could pretend like it never existed. They can if they choose an annulment. But how does it work and do they qualify for one?
Only void or voidable marriages can be annulled in Florida. This applies only to a small percentage of marriages, so chances are, you may have to go through the divorce process.
Contact Orlando annulment attorney Steve W. Marsee, P.A. to learn more about annulments and see if you are eligible for one.
Grounds for Annulment
The following are valid reasons for getting an annulment in Florida:
- A person cannot be married to more than one person at a time. If you discover that your spouse is already married, you can get the marriage annulled.
- If a person is impotent but did not inform their spouse before the marriage, then the marriage can be null and void, since it was never consummated.
- Lack of consent. Both parties must consent to the marriage. Consent cannot be given if a person is mentally incompetent or under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time.
- If a person used fraudulent acts to trick someone into marrying them, then the marriage can be annulled.
- A person must get married by their own will. Being forced or coerced into marriage makes it a voidable act.
- A person who is underage and marries without their parents’ consent can have their marriage annulled.
Annulment vs. Divorce
The main difference between an annulment and a divorce is that a divorce ends a valid marriage. An annulment is for marriages that were never valid to begin with. It makes the marriage null and void, as if it never existed.
A person who has been divorced has been married before. However, a person who has had their marriage annulled can legally say that they are single and have never been married. The marriage is not considered valid and therefore does not “count.”
The duration of the marriage has nothing to do with whether or not a marriage is valid. A legally valid marriage that only lasts a few months may still not qualify for an annulment. Likewise, an invalid marriage that has lasted 20 years may no longer qualify for an annulment. In some situations, there are time limits for getting an annulment.
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An annulment is different from a divorce. While both make a person legally single, an annulment makes a marriage null and void, like it never existed.
Does your marriage qualify for an annulment? If so, Orlando annulment attorney Steve W. Marsee, P.A. Attorney at Law can help you with the process so you can become single again. Schedule a consultation with our office today by calling 407-521-7171 or filling out the online form.