If you are going through the process of ending your marriage, you may be wondering what your options are in Florida. With the growing rate of divorce throughout the years, it’s important to know your options for the state you live in. After all, 40 to 50 percent of marriages in the United States end in separation. That’s according to the American Psychological Association. In Florida, you have a couple options to choose from when deciding how to proceed with ending your marriage: annulment vs. divorce.
What is an Annulment?
An annulment is a court decree that a marriage is void. That means that an annulment states that your legal marriage never actually took place. Because of the specific guidelines for annulment in Florida, many couples opt for a divorce. If your marriage was created under fraud, you and your spouse were underage without consent, or bigamy, incest, or getting married under the influence was involved – you may have grounds for annulment. The lawyers at The Ticktin Law Group can help guide you through this process as smoothly as possible.
If you do have grounds for an annulment, the court makes it so that your marriage never existed.
Seeking a Divorce
If you do not fit the criteria for an annulment and are looking to get a divorce, your marriage must be irretrievably broken. In other words, the marriage must have failed to the point of no return. The other way to obtain a divorce in Florida is to prove that one of the spouses have been mentally incapacitated for three years prior to filing your petition. However, the court can still consider other factors, such as cruelty or infidelity. These factors come in to play when considering alimony or marital support payments. The main thing that is required for a divorce in Florida is for you to admit that your marriage is “irretrievably broken”. You do not necessarily need another cause to file a divorce petition because Florida is a “no-fault” state.
The Ticktin Law Group Will Guide You
If you are looking for the best lawyers to guide you through your annulment or divorce, The Ticktin Law Group is here. We offer complimentary consultations to assess whether you qualify for an annulment or a divorce. Contact our attorneys today by calling (561) 232-2222 or by completing our contact form here.