If you are considering ending your marriage, then you may be wondering just exactly what the difference is between divorce and annulment. A marriage and annulment is a motion that the marriage be ended and removed from the record of the court that recorded it. This method of ending a marriage is much shorter then a divorce; however, an annulment motion must be filed within a certain time frame after the marriage occurs to be a valid option. A divorce requires much more paperwork than what an annulment does and it is a much longer and drawn out process. If you have been married for longer than a few months though, divorce is normally your only option.
You may be wondering why one would seek an annulment versus a divorce. Most couples that seek an annulment are those who after only a few weeks of marriage realize they have made a mistake or those that got married in a rush without thinking anything through. They are normally couples that do not have joint assets nor children together. Those who seek a divorce are those who entered marriage willingly understanding what they were doing. Most couples that file divorce papers have been married for at least a year and have joint assets and possibly children as well.
Before you file divorce papers, you need to step back and see what your own unique situation is. Which do you think you can file for? After evaluating the entire situation, seek out the help of an attorney who specializes in divorce service to begin the process of ending your marriage and of beginning a new life.
The unfortunate truth is that the strongest of relationships can go through turmoil and troubles and the bond of marriage might end with the signing of the divorce papers. Caring partners will always put the child as a top priority and ensure that during the legal divorce service, the child support orders are followed without putting the other partner in trouble. Financial aid that is given through the child support is important for the normal upbringing of the children who, most often, suffer the most in a divorce. Sometimes though, a parent might default on child support payments.
Steps to Recover Child Support Payments
It is important to keep all papers safely filed away before you can approach any law enforcement agency to help in recovering the money due to you. These documents should include the child custody orders and the divorce papers.
Once you have approached the appropriate law agency, you can ask them to provide assistance in terms of tracing the non-custodial parent who has lagged behind in child support payments. The legal entity or law enforcement agency can take actions ranging from seizure of property to prison time with the defaulting parent.
As part of the divorce service, the custodial parent is also within his or her rights to file an income-withholding order. Of course, details, like the employment information of the non-custodial parent, are necessary for this order to take effect.
There is also the option of contacting the local Child Support Enforcement office who will go through the child support orders you have and coordinate with other agencies in helping you recover the money.
Child custody orders are an important basis to determine which parent gets custody of the child and what is the schedule and quantum of child support payments. Based on these documents you can ascertain the quantity of money that is due to you as past fees and get the full force of the law to help you collect the same.