An annulment of marriage means to void it and make it so that it legally never happened. This is different than a divorce because a divorce acknowledges that the marriage happened and is ending. 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.
Here are some of the grounds for annulment:
- Extreme intoxication
- Lack of mental capacity
- Lack of consummation
Annulments can be very difficult to obtain because the parties have a high burden of proof to demonstrate that the marriage is void or voidable.
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 an annulment. If you are seeking more information on annulment, please contact us to schedule a confidential consultation in our office in Naples, Florida.