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Can I get an anullment for a civil marriage?

Hollywood, FL |
Filed under: Divorce

Got married at the courthouse 2 months ago. Is a lawyer necessary to get an anullment? Is it possible to do on my own? Is it faster and less costly to get an annulment vs a divorce. We do not have any assets together. No children.

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  1. http://www.ehow.com/list_6299709_annulment-requirements-florida.html
    I found the above link to be informative

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  2. Typically, it is always much easier to get a divorce than an annulment. You can only get an annulment if there was some sort of major fraud or deception involved. A divorce can be filed simply because you no longer want to be married. Check with your local courthouse to see if they have a self help department that sells divorce forms. Otherwise, you may want to consult with an attorney to assist you in properly finalizing things.

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  3. You probably need a divorce. Annulments are for void marriages or on religious grounds.


  4. Ms. Mitchell, as usual, has hit the answer on the head. A divorce is much easier than an annulment. To het an annulment, you must prove your marriage is void or voidable, which is the equivalent of saying the marriage is illegal. "Illegal" includes things like marrying your own sibling or being already married at the time you got married. It has nothing to do with the marriage only lasting two months. A two-month marriage requires a divorce. On top of that, annulment is a complex legal procedure. Simplified divorce is pretty easy. You should probably file for divorce.

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  5. Annulment is almost completely a myth nowadays. If I recall, it allowed observant Catholics to "get divorced" and was created by the papacy. Regardless, I can't believe that it would ever be more efficient than getting divorced in Florida based on Chapter 61. Just get divorced.

    Bill Rosenfelt 407-462-8787 (Orlando/Longwood/Central Florida)

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  6. Yes you can do it on your own. Are you in Broward or Miami Dade county? In Miami Dade, there is a 4 month wait if you are self help and you still have to pay a few hundred dollars for the kit. If you want it done fast, hire an attorney. It will not cost you that much. Check out my website if you have any questions.

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