It is extremely difficult to get a marriage annulled in Florida. You should consult with am experienced attorney to determine whether you are better served by filing for an annulment or divorce.
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The grounds for an annulment are very, very limited. One is incapacity--mental incapacity, or one of you is still married to another. Or, if you did not "consummate" the marriage. But, an annulment might still not be granted. A divorce would be simpler, quicker, less expensive, and if the marriage is irretrievably broken, the judge would most likely grant the petition without much of a second thought.
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I agree with my colleague. An annulment would almost certainly be handled like a divorce anyways so it really doesn't make a difference. Basically, the judge might let you call it an annulment (wink) but it would be a divorce as far as the State of Florida is concerned. At least that's my understanding. Good luck. Do you think you might give it longer than 1 week? Just a thought.
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The word annulment means the marriage is null, as in, it didn't happen. So you "thought" you were taking a trip to the moon and actually you got married. Mentally incompetent to know what you were doing. Something like that. If you knew you were getting married, then you'll need a divorce. People don't think they "need" a divorce, but they do. Anyway, the cost is just about the same and will put you in the same position, namely, unmarried.
I agree with my colleagues that a divorce would be much easier to do. In fact, you might be able to do the divorce on your own with the self-help forms from the Florida Bar. If you would like some assistance with the matter, since it is not contested, it would not be an expensive case to hire an attorney to do. You should consult with an attorney initially, no matter what you decide to do. If you would like a free consultation contact me or another of the AVVO lawyers as most offer free consults.
B. Elaine Jones, Esq.
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