What’s the Difference Between Annulment and Divorce?

When you are looking at the end of your marriage, you probably have a lot of questions.  You are at the point where you know that you will not be able to reconcile, but you don’t know your best option.  Many couples are confused regarding the differences between annulment and divorce.  Both processes will end a marriage in Washington, but they are not the same.

An annulment is a legal procedure that dissolves a marriage. If a marriage is annulled, it means that it is nullified from its inception.  An annulment applies when there is some legal defect that keeps the marriage from being valid.

Most people are already familiar with the legal process known as divorce.  With a divorce, the marriage is terminated because it has been deemed “irretrievably broken.”  Either spouse can pursue this legal option to end the marriage.  During the divorce process, family support, child custody and the allocation of assets and liabilities will be determined.

If you have chosen to purse a divorce or annulment, you should contact a Seattle divorce lawyer at the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny at (425) 460-0550.  The law firm will be able to walk you through the process and ensure that your interests are protected.  The divorce attorneys at the law firm make children a priority.

For more information on this topic, read the article, Three Ways Marriages Are Ended in Washington.
Molly B. Kenny
Founder and Principal Divorce Attorney
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