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.