Q: Should I get a Maryland marriage annulment instead of a divorce?
An annulment differs from a divorce in that it signifies that a true marriage never actually took place. This can be a particularly freeing idea for someone who feels betrayed by a spouse who seemingly never cared about the marriage vows.
You might want to seek an annulment if any of the following are true:
You place a high value on marriage. Whenever two people say, “I do,” they expect those vows to last for life. It can be devastating for one spouse to discover that the other spouse misled the other and never actually intended to fulfill his or her obligations in the marriage. This sense of betrayal may lead the first spouse to request an annulment.
You do not believe the marriage was valid. A marriage is a relationship unlike any other. The special bond between a husband and wife cannot be recreated in any other relationship. When you’ve been part of a marriage that never fully reached that unique bond, you may choose to request an annulment. An annulment acknowledges the fact that the true bond typically experienced in marriage never happened.
You are a part of the Catholic Church. Divorce has consequences in the Catholic Church. If you are part of the Catholic Church and believe you have a legitimate case for annulment, you may choose to go this route rather than deal with the stigma associated with a divorce.
If you are seeking an annulment in Maryland, you should discuss your situation with an experienced Maryland divorce attorney who can explain the nuances of this often-complicated process. For more information, call Nickelsporn & Lundin at 800-875-9700 today.