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Two options for marriage dissolution

When it comes to ending a marriage, a person does have options. Most of the time, individuals choose the usual divorce route, but for others, an annulment is what they need. Both types of marriage dissolution have their pros and cons, and certain circumstances that must be met before being finalized. Individuals in Texas may be interested to learn more about the similarities and differences between divorce and annulment. 

An annulment can seem like an old-fashioned concept, but that is not necessarily the case. An annulment is an option that makes it as if the marriage never existed. In the event of bigamy, insanity, force or fraud, a judge can choose to grant the couple an annulment. They will have to appear in court for it to be finalized, but they will not have to divide assets since after the annulment there will be no history of the partnership. 

Divorce is the usual route and is appealing in most cases because of no-fault divorce laws. Most U.S. states are no-fault states, which means that there does not have to be a good reason for the breakup. A person can claim irreconcilable differences as the reason for the end of the marriage, and the judge will grant the divorce. The couple can also choose to settle the matter out of court if they are able to amicably separate. 

When it comes to marriage dissolution in Texas, there are at least two options. Which one is appropriate is really decided on a case-by-case basis. People who are not comfortable deciding by themselves about ending their marriages can choose to consult a family law attorney for help. 

Source: Women's Health, "What's The Difference Between A Divorce And An Annulment?", Macaela Mackenzie, Sept. 7, 2017

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