Garnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5313 posts, RR: 53 Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 992 times:
Basically an annulment is the Catholc method of ending a marriage that will allow you to get remarried in the church. It differs from divorce in that annulment states the marriage was never valid, meaning it never truly existed, while divorce maintains the historical existence of that marriage.
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L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5530 posts, RR: 18 Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 988 times:
In my opinion the difference between annullment and divorce is from the legal point of view: annullment declares that marriage never existed due to preexisting reasons which made the act of marriage illegal from the very beginning (i.e. bride being in fact under the legal age, groom "forgetting" he's already married or some factors of religious nature) and there should be no consequences such as splitting the property, etc.
Nancy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 467 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 982 times:
It is a legal statement that the marriage never took place - This was really important in the old days with royalty. King HenryVIII had his marriage to Katherine of Aragorn annulled so he could marry Ann Boleyn. Now it really only happens in the afore mentioned circumstances or when the marriage has only lasted a really short time a`la Brittany Spears.
RT514 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 978 times:
There is correctness in this thread. "Annulment of a marriage" is the civil and/or religious way of saying it was never valid or more abstractly, did not exist.
The two usual reasons for annulments are for religious and legal situations.
Here are three common reasons why people get marriages annulled...
Religiously speaking, the Catholic Church will not marry a divorcee who was married in the Catholic Church previously. If the marriage is annulled, however, the Catholic Church will marry that person.
Legally speaking, someone may choose an annulment because it changes their legal standing in a situation, such as an inheritance.
People may also choose annulments for personal reasons. For example, someone may have been in a short and very abusive marriage. Choosing an annulment is more symbolic on a personal level, to almost help that person to forget or refuse to acknowledge that the marriage existed, thus being more a sense of closure instead of a divorce.
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 937 times:
It doesn't only happen for marriages that last a short time, Nancy. My mother, when she was workiing, had a boss (who was a real bastard, apparently), who, because he knew one of the Bishops in the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, got his 25-year, 3-child marriage annulled so he could marry his young mistress.
Well, what goes around comes around-three months later, he died of a massive heart attack at his desk at work-found by my mother, of course.
The Catholic Church allows a payment to get an annullment, btw, which, to me, is a form of hypocrisy. I differ greatly with The Church on it's stance on divorce. It will forgive a murderer who confesses to a priest, but won't forgive a bad marriage via divorce.
Nancy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 467 posts, RR: 5 Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 869 times:
I think the Kennedy's bought a couple annulments from the church too. Legally, I don't think that works unless you have a really good reason (ex. bigamy). They church annulment is so that you can get remarried in the church, you know, so you don't offend God by living in sin. Apparently dumping your wife of 23 years and calling your children illegitimate is okay though.