28 October 2011 0 Comments

Difference between an annulment & a divorce

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Many people have asked what the differences between an annulment and a divorce are.

An annulment is a legal procedure that ends the marriage by declaring it null and void – the marriage was never legally valid.  A divorce is the termination of a marriage.  Once the annulment is granted, both parties are free to marry – no need for the divorce process.

You can request an annulment for certain reasons, which include:

·     The marriage was never consummated

·     One of the parties fraudulently misled the other

·     One of the parties was not of age of consent

·     One of the parties suffers from mental disability

·     Duress

Divorce, annulment and legal separation laws are complex.  If you have decided to end your marriage because of one of the above reasons, it is important to consult with an experienced Riverside Family Law attorney to understand how these actions differ and what they offer you.

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