Jacksonville Annulment Attorney

What Is an Annulment?

Annulment is a process whereby one can end their marriage based on certain criteria without the need for divorce. In Florida, there is no section of the family code that specifically addresses annulment. For this reason, if you are seeking an annulment, you should consult with a Jacksonville annulment attorney. My firm, Charles E. Willmott, P.A., offers the experience and skills needed to help you through the annulment process.

Granting an Annulment: The Criteria

Specifically, in order for a judge to grant an annulment, you must prove that the marriage meets the criteria to either be voided or voidable. A void marriage is one that appeared to be legal when it took place, but then some circumstance occurred which revealed that it was not. If one spouse, for example, was previously married, and that marriage was never legally terminated by divorce or death, then the current marriage was illegal, and should not have occurred.

A voidable marriage, on the other hand, is one that was legal, but occurred based on some misrepresentation or fraud that came to light later. This could include being coerced into marriage by threat of violence or duress, impotence, or a spouse discovered after the marriage that they were related by blood.

Understanding the Legal Effects of an Annulment

When a marriage is annulled, it is declared invalid, as if it never existed. This differs from a divorce, which legally ends a valid marriage. Understanding the legal effects of an annulment can help you make an informed decision about whether it is the right option for you.

Here are some key points to consider:

  • No legal recognition: An annulled marriage is considered void from the beginning, so legally, it is as if the marriage never took place.
  • Financial implications: In most cases, an annulment does not entitle either party to spousal support or division of property or debts. However, each situation is unique, and it is important to consult with an experienced annulment attorney to understand your specific circumstances.
  • Child custody and support: If children are involved, the court will still determine custody, visitation, and child support, just as it would in a divorce.
  • Religious considerations: While a legal annulment may nullify a marriage in the eyes of the law, it does not necessarily have any impact on religious or spiritual beliefs. If you have religious concerns, it is important to consult with your religious advisor or clergy.

Contact an Annulment Attorney in Jacksonville

A judge in Florida, in considering an annulment, will look at past cases in order to make a decision. It can be very difficult to get a judge to reach a positive decision for a marriage annulment. You must go to court, and you must prove you have a valid and legal reason for the annulment. It is possible that you may start the annulment process only to have the judge deny it, particularly if you are not represented by an attorney with experience in this legal matter.

I, Charles E. Willmott, P.A., am an experienced annulment attorney in Jacksonville. I can guide you through the legal process, explain your rights and options, and help you make the best decisions for your situation.

My firm is dedicated to providing caring and quality representation for every client seeking an annulment, a divorce, or any other assistance covered by family law. We offer remote video & Zoom conferences as well. Contact me today!

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