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What is the difference between an annulment and a divorce?

On Behalf of | Jul 11, 2024 | Divorce |

When ending a marriage in Georgia, it’s essential to understand the difference between an annulment and a divorce. Both processes legally dissolve a marriage, but they do so in different ways and under different circumstances.


An annulment declares a marriage null and void as if it never existed. Grounds for annulment in the state include fraud, bigamy, mental incapacity, or coercion. Annulments are relatively rare and typically granted when the marriage has legal issues from the start. Unlike divorce, annulment often carries religious significance, as it can allow individuals to remarry within their faith.


A divorce, on the other hand, legally ends a valid marriage. In Georgia, grounds for divorce include adultery, desertion, and irreconcilable differences. Unlike annulment, divorce acknowledges the marriage existed and addresses issues like property division, alimony, and child custody. People pursue divorce more commonly for various reasons without proving the marriage was invalid.

Legal and financial implications

Understanding the legal and financial implications of each process is crucial. Annulments can simplify legal proceedings since they treat the marriage as if it never happened, potentially affecting property rights and spousal support. Divorces involve more complex legal proceedings, as they must address the dissolution of the marital union and the division of assets and liabilities.

Choosing the right path

Whether you pursue an annulment or a divorce depends on your specific circumstances and grounds. Consulting with a family law professional might help you determine the best course of action for your situation.

Understanding the differences between annulment and divorce can help you make an informed decision about ending your marriage. Knowing the legal grounds and implications ensures you choose the path that best suits your needs and circumstances.

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