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How is Annulment Different from a Divorce in New Jersey?

On occasion, we have all made mistakes or rushed crucial decisions. But few choices are so consequential as getting married. If you are looking for the quickest way to end your marriage, please read on, then contact an experienced New Jersey virtual divorce lawyer to learn how an annulment is different from a divorce in New Jersey.

What are the differences between an annulment and a divorce in New Jersey?

The fundamental difference between divorce and annulment in New Jersey is that divorce terminates an existing marriage while an annulment is a legal decree that states the marriage never happened. Generally, New Jersey courts may, in limited circumstances, grant an annulment within 30 days of a marriage ceremony, even without cause. If you are granted an annulment, you are free to marry again immediately. Although most couples choose divorce, an annulment is a better option for one or both spouses depending on certain circumstances. The consequences of an annulment are significantly less than a divorce.

When can you get an annulment instead of a divorce in New Jersey?

Outside of incest and intentional bigamy, you will have to provide one of the following reasons to be granted an annulment:

  • You or your spouse was under the age of 18 at the time of the marriage and/or have since turned 18
  • You and your spouse have not had sexual relations
  • Due to a mental condition or intoxication, you or your spouse was unable to comprehend that you were marrying
  • Age
  • Fraud
  • Coercion
  • Unsound mind
  • Physical incapacity

Whether or not you believe you qualify for an annulment, you should reach out to an Ocean County divorce attorney to discuss your next steps.

How can an Ocean County divorce attorney help you?

We would not be doing our jobs if we did not advise you that annulments are not freely given in the Garden State. In fact, courts rarely grant them, unless the plaintiff has properly documented any of the above-mentioned grounds. A qualified legal representative from our firm will help you collect, compile and present the evidence needed to prove your case in court. This is a tricky, emotionally fraught process, so rest assured we will handle your case with the utmost compassion and tact. This matter is too delicate to tackle on your own, so please give us a call today.

Contact our experienced Ocean County firm

Matters of divorce and family law require the attention and skill of an experienced attorney who will fight for your future. Not only is your financial well-being at stake, but in a divorce, both you and your children’s emotional well-being are at risk as well. If you need a divorce and family law attorney in Ocean County, New Jersey, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Sarina Gianna, LLC today to schedule a consultation.