Definitions of Annulment and Divorce
A marriage annulment is a court declaration that states a marriage is legally invalid. This means the marriage never legally existed in the first place. A divorce, on the other hand, is a legal process that ends an existing marriage.
Differences Between Annulment and Divorce
The differences between annulment and divorce go beyond the legal definitions. In order to qualify for an annulment, you must meet certain criteria, such as:
One of the spouses was already married when the current marriage took place
One of the spouses was underage at the time of the marriage
The marriage was forced or one of the spouses was mentally incapacitated
Fraud was involved in the marriage
In contrast, a divorce does not require any of these criteria to be met.
Timeline of Annulment Vs. Divorce
The timeline of a marriage annulment is relatively short. In most cases, an annulment can take as little as a few weeks. A divorce, however, can take much longer depending on the circumstances. The timeline can range from a few months to a few years.
The Benefits of Consulting a Family Law Attorney
No matter which option you decide on, it’s important to consult with a family law attorney. An experienced family lawyer can help you understand the process, guide you through the paperwork, and answer any questions you may have.
At the Law Office of Olga A. Koplik in Sacramento, we offer experienced legal counsel and compassionate support. Our team is dedicated to helping you make the best decisions for your future regarding annulment and divorce. Contact us to schedule your consultation with our family law office today.