To annul a marriage means to void it, and make it such that it legally never happened. This is different than a divorce, because a divorce acknowledges that the marriage happened and is ending. The result of an annulment is to effectively say the marriage never happened.
Florida does not have a statute that addresses the issue of annulment. Nonetheless, Florida courts permit a marriage to be annulled for exceptionally limited reasons. Some grounds for annulment may include bigamy, extreme intoxication, fraud, deceit, duress, lack of mental capacity, or lack of consummation.
Even if one of these grounds applies, the other party may claim certain defenses that would prevent the court from granting an annulment of the marriage. Therefore, it is important to consider the individual circumstances of each case. At Nicole L. Goetz, P.L., we have experience dealing with annulment. If you are seeking more information on annulment, please contact us to schedule a confidential consultation in our office in Naples, Florida.