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Sometimes a person that is married wants out of the relationship, but they do not want to get a divorce. In some cases, a person’s religious beliefs prevent them from getting a divorce, but there are many reasons a person may wish to annul their marriage. Although annulments are granted in Illinois courts, this method of dissolving a marriage has specific requirements and when those are not met, a couple must go through the divorce process to end their marriage. Although the process of annulling a marriage is vastly different from the divorce process, anyone wishing to obtain an annulment should still speak to an Illinois family lawyer.
Many people think that divorce and annulment both mean the same thing because each of these terms refers to the end of a marriage. However, they do each have their differences.
When a couple gets an annulment, it is as though the marriage never happened because it was not legal in the first place. It is for this reason that an annulment is known as a “Declaration of Invalidity Marriage” under Illinois law.
Divorce, on the other hand, recognizes that there is a marital relationship that is recognizable by the courts and that at least one person in the marriage wishes to end. There are a number of terms that must be decided on during a divorce, including property division and spousal maintenance. These terms do not apply to annulments. After an annulment is granted by the courts, each partner walks away with whatever assets they had when they entered into the relationship.
Annulments are not often granted by the Illinois courts. Typically, when someone wants to end their marriage in the state, they must go through the divorce process. However, when a person can show that their marriage was invalid, they may seek an annulment. The reasons for invalidity in the state are:
Neither the annulment nor divorce process is easy. If you need to end your marriage and are unsure of which method to use, our skilled Hinsdale family lawyers are here to help. At the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio, our knowledgeable attorneys can advise on your situation and help you through whichever process is appropriate for your situation. Call us today at 630-920-8855 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about how we can help.