I married this guy I was briefly dating on 12/14/2016 out of love. Two weeks ago, I found out he married me for immigration purposes to obtain a legal status or permanent residency since he’s holding a visa but not sure what type of visa. Basically, I was lied to and misrepresented. Through further investigation from people from his homeland, I learned that he has a family in his country and was trying to use me to get a legal status or permanent residency. Please I would like file an annulment or divorce as quickly as possible. The marriage license was granted in the State of Florida. I feel like I’m stuck in this situation and need to get out as soon as possible. Would someone please guide me through the right process? I would greatly appreciate it.
If you no longer wish to be married to him, most likely the easiest thing would be a divorce. This is a question for a divorce lawyer, not an immigration lawyer.
The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case.
If the marriage was based on fraud and deceit, then you have grounds for an annulment. However, it may be quicker and easier to just get a divorce, as then you don't have to prove fraud or deceit. You simply have to prove that you no longer desire to be married to him.
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Being a divorce and family law attorney, I agree with my colleagues. To obtain an annulment, you have to prove fraud which can be time consuming and very expensive (upwards of $10,000 to $25,000). Alternatively, you could obtain a divorce (relatively inexpensive at about $5,000 to 12,000) without having to prove anything as Florida is a no fault divorce state. Good luck.
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