What Are the Alternatives to Getting a Divorce?

February 7, 2023

If you find yourself looking at the choice between annulment and divorce proceedings, it usually means things have not gone as planned. These situations are also stressful, painful, and potentially costly. If you are wondering whether to get a divorce or an annulment, you should first understand the differences between them. This is also where a family law lawyer can help.

The good news is that you don’t have to learn every detail about the requirements, consequences, benefits, and drawbacks of an annulment compared with a divorce. With the assistance of a family law lawyer, you only need to understand the basics and decide which option is best for your situation.

The Divorce Route

People looking for the best solution to end a marriage have a couple of routes to consider. In the majority of cases, the circumstances of each situation largely dictate the most appropriate and fair resolution.

Divorce requires that both parties have a marriage deemed "valid" according to the law. There must also be a cause for the divorce filing, even if it is the increasingly common "no-fault" marriage option. The process of a divorce may also be more extensive depending on how contentious the parties are, and the factors involved (e.g., children, finances, property, etc.).

The other option for people seeking to end their marriage is to file for an annulment. Here is a look at the other legal method for people seeking to close this chapter of their lives.

The Annulment Option

If anything was ever legally akin to a "do-over," mulligan, or bogey, an annulment would probably qualify. When the courts grant parting couples an annulment, it is as if the marriage never happened. And in the eyes of the law, it never did.

The causes and requirements for filing an annulment are considerably stricter than those for seeking a traditional divorce. The good news is that most annulments are relatively quick and straightforward.

If you are looking into options for ending your marriage, we are sorry for your current difficulties. At the Law Offices of Granoff & Kessler, we are here to help. Seeking legal counsel, regardless of your decision on how to end your marriage, will make the process easier and ensure that the law works for you.

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