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Annulment

There are certain legal requirements which must be fulfilled for a marriage to be considered legally valid.

For example, the parties cannot be related by blood or marriage, each spouse must have the mental capacity to consent to the marriage, and either party cannot be legally married to another person.

If the marriage does not satisfy certain legal requirements an annulment may be a viable option. An annulment invalidates the marriage and makes it as if the marriage never occurred.

West Palm Beach Annulment Lawyers  

Law governing annulment is constantly evolving, so it is imperative to consult an attorney experienced in Florida alimony law. The family law division of Quality Family Law, have the experience and skill to competently handle your family law matters, including annulment, alimony, child support, and time-sharing.

Contact Quality Family Law at (561) 693-3126 or submit an online form to schedule a confidential consultation. The team of attorneys at Quality Family Law proudly represent individuals and families throughout Florida, including Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Royal Palm Beach, North Palm Beach, and surrounding communities.

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Annulment Overview

An annulment is the legal process of invalidating a marriage. Although the perceived end result is the same --the two parties being no longer married, divorce and annulments are two difference processes.

Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the legal process of terminating a marriage. An annulment declares the marriage invalid as if it never occurred.

Also a divorce may be granted for any reason. Essentially, parties declare the marriage is irretrievably broken and proceed with the process. An annulment may only be granted in limited circumstances.

An annulment may be only granted in the following instances:

  • Spouses never lived together as husband and wife;
  • Spouses never consummated the marriage;
  • Either party was an unemancipated minor under the age of 18 and did not receive parental consent to marry;
  • Marriage occurred under fraud or duress. Either party did not enter into the marriage freely or voluntarily;
  • Either party had a mental incapacity or physical disability affecting sexual life at the time the parties entered into marriage;
  • Either party entered the marriage under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Bigamy or either party was legally married to another person at the time he or she entered the marriage; or
  • Incest

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Alimony and Child Support after an Annulment

Like any marriage, a marriage invalidated by an annulment can have residual results, including children and financial dependency.  As a result, either party in an annulment proceeding may seek child custody, child support, and alimony. However, the parties may not seek division of marital property or equitable distribution, which is typically an option in a divorce.


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Palm Beach County Annulment Attorneys

The team of attorneys at Quality Family Law represent individuals and families in all areas of family and divorce law, including dissolution of marriage, annulment, alimony, child support, and child custody.

Contact Quality Family Law at (561) 693-3126 or submit an online form to schedule a confidential consultation.


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