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What is the difference between annulment and divorce?

On Behalf of | Sep 5, 2023 | Divorce

While both divorce and annulment processes involve the end of a marital union, they differ significantly in their legal implications, procedures and outcomes. 

If you are navigating the complexities of marital separation, it’s crucial to understand the differences between these two options. Below, you’ll delve into the nuances of annulment and divorce to understand their distinct features and procedures.

What is annulment?

Annulment, or nullity of marriage, is a legal declaration stating that marriage was never valid from the beginning. Unlike divorce, which ends a legally valid marriage, an annulment ends a marriage that never existed in the eyes of the law. This can be based on specific grounds that render the marriage void or voidable.

For starters, if one spouse deceived the other into marriage through lies or misrepresentation, it can be considered a ground for annulment. This could involve hiding important information or providing false information about key aspects. Moreover, if one spouse is already married at the time of the subsequent marriage, the second marriage is considered bigamous and can be annulled.

Additionally, suppose one or both spouses were underage at the time of the marriage and did not have proper parental consent; the marriage can be annulled. Furthermore. Furthermore, if one or both parties were forced into the marriage without their free and informed consent, the marriage may be annulled.

Exploring divorce in Arizona

Divorce, also known as dissolution of marriage, is the legal termination of a valid marriage. Unlike annulment, divorce acknowledges the existence of a legally recognized marriage that is being dissolved.

In Arizona, you can file for a no-fault divorce, which means you don’t need to prove any wrongdoing from either party. It simply requires at least one spouse to believe the marriage is irretrievably broken.

Whether you opt for annulment or divorce, seeking legal guidance is paramount. This way, you can easily navigate the intricacies of these legal processes and help ensure your rights are protected.