An annulment differs from a divorce. An annulment results in a court order that terminates a marriage by rendering a judicial decree that the parties were never legally married.
In essence, an annulment is a legal decree that a marriage is void. In contrast, a divorce, which can only take place where there has been a valid marriage, dissolves the bonds of matrimony between husband and wife.
Annulments are granted only in limited circumstances such as a marriage entered into because of fraud, duress, or coercion. Despite popular belief, an annulment cannot be granted merely because the marriage is of short duration, and annulments are normally not granted for “religious” reasons.
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