Marriages start out with high hopes and good intentions, but people are unpredictable, and some problems cannot be foreseen. Many people have heard the term “annulment” and believe it is an easy alternative to divorce for ending a marriage that recently took place, but this is not so.
From a legal perspective, in Illinois, an “annulment” is legally referred to as a “declaration of invalidity of marriage.” For the sake of brevity, we will refer to a declaration of invalidity of marriage as an annulment as we explore the difference between a divorce and an annulment and when one may be more appropriate than the other.
When Can a Marriage Be Declared Invalid?
An annulment is a court order that says a marriage is not and never was valid and should therefore not be considered legal by the state. A divorce, by comparison, is a court-ordered ending to a valid marriage....