Those who are contemplating the end of a marriage understand that divorce is the most common option. Divorce ends the marriage in the eyes of the law, leaving both spouses free to embark on a new chapter of their lives. What many Florida residents may not know is that a marriage annulment may also be an option, although it is much less common than divorce.
Annulment is not possible in all situations. However, in the interest of being fully prepared to end your marriage, it is a good idea to learn more. For example, an annulment can only be used if the marriage was legally invalid in the first place. Below are descriptions of circumstances in which an annulment may apply.
Like other states, Florida prohibits close relatives from getting married. If a couple marries and then later finds out they are closely related, an annulment may be the best way to end the relationship.
A lack of consent on the part of one spouse is also grounds for annulment. For example, if a spouse can prove that he or she was threatened or forced into marriage, annulment may be a solution.
If a person suffers an illness or condition that affects his or her capacity to understand what is happening, the court may grant an annulment. This applies to people suffering from mental illness, insanity and intellectual disabilities.
Other examples in which annulment may apply include bigamy, lack of parental consent for minors and fraud or misrepresentation by one or both spouses.
A good rule of thumb for all who want to end a marriage is to learn more about all of the options at their disposal. Divorce attorneys serving Florida residents are excellent sources of information about these and other family law issues.
Source: FindLaw, “Florida Annulment and Prohibited Marriage Laws,” accessed Jan. 29, 2018