Monday, December 7, 2009

Divorce, Death, or Annulment

Generally speaking, there are only three ways to get out of a marriage in Georgia: Divorce, death, or annulment. You know about the first two ways, so, today, let's talk a little bit about annulment.

As divorce lawyers in Augusta, Georgia, we often get telephone calls from people who are inquiring about annulment as an alternative to divorce. However, generally, annulment is a very limited option and a simple, uncontested divorce is a more viable alternative for most people.

The reasons are quite simple. Generally, to get a marriage annulled in Georgia, there must either have been fraud at the marriage's inception, (e.g. your worthless spouse, "Sluggo" forgot to tell you that he was already married), or you must have been underage when you got hitched. To make things even more difficult about annulment, if you have children of the marriage, then annulment is unavailable as an alternative and you have no choice but to seek a divorce.

But even though annulment is not a very good alternative for most couples, at least they can still get a divorce, and that's much better than the third alternative of dying, don't you agree?!


  1. Much better alternative Richard.

    A friend of mine told me her first husband' s mother had her marriage to his father annulled after over thirty years of marriage. They are a Catholic family and while I am sure she had her reasons, her actions technically made her children illegitimate, just so she could disown their father and make like it never happened. this way she would be allowed to remarry in church, if ever she chose to do so. Seems like their father must have really pissed off their mother!

  2. Great post as an avid reader and fan your well written entries always leave me with thoughts of what the "laws" were many years ago and how today both men and women have more choices. My comment has nothing to do with your article, but it does make me appreciate todays laws. Excellent job at keeping the public informed.